The Darkness Behind
As he stepped through the doorway, utter darkness fell upon him.
His torch cast a tiny, fitful circle of light, but the shadow beyond
was oppressive. Somewhere ahead walked the rest of the company
with Aragorn at their head, and Elrohir at his side – yet their torches
were lost in the ever deepening gloom.
Behind him … behind him was shadow, and darkness, and a sullen
muttering of restless voices. Dread clawed at his spine as he
heard a heavy step behind him, until he risked a glance downwards.
“Walk with me, master dwarf. We will guard the rear together.”
"Written for the Tolkien Weekly 'Behind'
challenge. In The Passing Of
the Grey Company, and the Paths of the Dead, Tolkien tells us that
Elladan was at the rear, but that Gimli was behind him. It intrigued me, and it
was a pairing I've never tried before."