The Shadow of War by Rhymer

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It's fourteen years since the fall of Sauron, and Gondor is at peace. But old enemies are stirring beyond her borders, and some have infiltrated Minas Tirith itself, and are waiting for the time to strike…


Story Notes:

This is a long story, at 26 chapters (c. 155,000 words), but I've already finished writing it, and intend to post a chapter a day. It's a story told through many eyes. Aragorn, Pippin, Éowyn and Éomer are the main canon viewpoint characters, along with Mablung (Ranger of Ithilien.) Faramir, Merry, Arwen, Gimli and Legolas also appear, but aren't viewpoint characters.

However, war doesn't just affect kings, lords and their friends, but ordinary people, too - ordinary people from both sides. Therefore I also use several original characters. Some are outsider viewpoint types, appearing for just one scene. Some stick around for longer. For three of them, this is their second appearance in a story of mine, but no knowledge the previous stories is assumed. All relevant background is explained at the time. For those interested, though, Mínir comes from Grey in the Dark and Daerion from A Captain and a Cause. Trials of Manhood is also very relevant, too. In fact, in many ways, this story can be seen as sequel to that story, even though it's set more than sixty years later. However, it's a sequel that doesn't require you to read the original.


Table of Contents

1. Chapter 1: Shadow by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (4422 words)

2. The Great Gate Opens by Rhymer [Reviews - 0] (6519 words)

3. Blood on Stone by Rhymer [Reviews - 0] (6517 words)

4. Rumours by Rhymer [Reviews - 0] (5890 words)

5. A Window on the East by Rhymer [Reviews - 3] (6492 words)

6. The Muster of Gondor by Rhymer [Reviews - 3] (5535 words)

7. Finding Their Voice by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (5137 words)

8. On the Trail by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (5141 words)

This is the second chapter I've posted today, so if you're reading this by just opening up the last chapter, you might want to check back and make sure you've not missed a chapter. I hope to post two tomorrow, too, and then return to daily updates between Monday and Friday.

9. Midsummer by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (6277 words)

I posted two chapters yesterday, about 12 hours apart, so if you're reading this serially might want to check back to make sure you're up to date. I hope to post a second chapter later today, then return to daily updates tomorrow.

10. Masks by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (6731 words)

11. Travellers in the Night by Rhymer [Reviews - 3] (6358 words)

12. Links in a Chain by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (5935 words)

13. The Mounds of the Dead by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (5006 words)

14. Over by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (6239 words)

15. Intelligence by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (5971 words)

16. The Wain by Rhymer [Reviews - 2] (6969 words)

17. A Matter of Trust by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (7372 words)

18. Hostages by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (4858 words)

19. The Token by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (6333 words)

20. Shards by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (5516 words)

21. Truth by Rhymer [Reviews - 3] (5467 words)

22. One Night by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (6647 words)

23. Black Sails by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (6286 words)

24. The Game by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (4767 words)

25. Betwixt and Between by Rhymer [Reviews - 1] (6545 words)

26. The Gift by Rhymer [Reviews - 2] (6882 words)


Story Information

Categories: The Lord of the Rings
Characters: Dwarf: Gimli son of Glóin, Elf: Legolas Thranduilion, Gondorian: Faramir son of Denethor, Gondorian: Mablung, Half-Elven: Arwen Undómiel, Hobbit: Brandybuck: Merry (Master), Hobbit: Took: Pippin (Thain), Northern Dúnedain: Aragorn/Strider, Original Male Character, Rohirrim: Éomer, Rohirrim: Éowyn
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Epic, General
Places: Gondor, Gondor: Ithilien, Gondor: Minas Tirith/Minas Anor, Rhovannien
Times: 4-Fourth Age
Warnings: None
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 26    |    Word count: 155812    |    Read Count: 6898
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 06/20/15    |    Published: 05/31/15