“But he is a poor, wretched creature – should we not show him our
sympathy? He will never change if he knows only darkness and
Thranduil paused for a long time, considering his son’s words.
Compassion was a virtue – and a folly – of the young. At last he
spoke. “No. His malice is too great. I know what
Mithrandir bade us, but I will not allow this Gollum the chance of
escape. He must remain within the dungeons, under close guard.”
Legolas bowed stiffly. “As you wish, my father. He will not leave. I will guard him myself, I swear.”
Author Note: AU drabble based on what Tokien didn't write, for the Tolkien Weekly 'Different Decisions' challenge.