Register | Login | Lost Password | Help | Rules | | |

Most Recent

The Wall of Shadow by Urloth Teen
The Silmaril had never been so stupid as to expect recovering Maglor would be easy. 
So Sweet the Dying Song by Arasa17 Teen
The story of a broken hearted spirit.  
Little father by Kalendeer General Audiences
Nerdanel considers her children, and why Curufin was always special to Fëanor’s heart.
Shimmer and Sing by amyfortuna Explicit
Nolofinw, at a party, is bored. And guilty. And angsty. Oh, hey look, it's Fanro - the magical glitter fairy! But what...
Something To Remember by amyfortuna Explicit
Fingolfin, annoyed that Fanor is going away, asks for something to remember him by.
The Darkness in Your Heart by cheekybeak Teen
Legolas begins a new life in Ithilien but not all who go with him are eager and he brings with him pain that cannot be ignored.
Friendship Amidst Loss by KimicThranduilion Teen
When Legolas and his troop become targets for slave traders tragedy strikes and the Prince suffers a devastating loss after...

Random Story

~ A Trinity Of Princes ~ by Spiced Wine Mature
Glorfindel and Legolas talk to Finrod, Glorfindel's elder brother, in Valinor before the Noldor sail to their new haven in...

Site Info

Members: 789
Series: 69
Stories: 1453
Chapters: 7339
Word count: 21492573
Authors: 131
Reviews: 13669
Reviewers: 235
Newest Member: xiaojun
Beta-reader: 27
Recommendations: 52
Recommenders: 13
Challenges: 14
Challengers: 9
 

Who's Online

Guests: 2
Members:

Shoutbox

nike air max cheap
06/27/17 01:20 am
<a n13web.com/">air jordan shoes</a>,<a n13web.com/">Jordan 11 Low Bred 2015</a>, <a ed.com/" >nike air max cheap</a> d.com/]nike air max cheap
Nike Running Shoes
06/21/17 01:26 am
<a run.com/">Discount Nike Air Max</a>,<a run.com/">Nike Air Max UK</a>, Nike Running Shoes /
Jacinto
06/18/17 07:54 pm
You're a very beneficial website; couldn't make it without ya! investigate this site - this website - check here - Visit Webpage - click through the following website page - click through t
Harvey
06/18/17 07:44 pm
Sustain the helpful job and generating the group! click through the following document - mouse click the following post - navigate to this website - linked web site - relevant web site - have a
Nike Mens
06/15/17 03:48 pm
<a o.org/">Nike Air</a>,<a o.org/">nike air max</a>, <a o.org/" >Nike Mens</a> .org/]Nike Mens[/url]
seo plugin
05/30/17 01:00 am
Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in you
seo plugin
05/29/17 03:10 pm
Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in you
digitalcoin best pool
05/26/17 07:30 am
cryptocurrency investment club bytecoin ann bitcointalk n82611]digitalcoin best pool[/url]
seo plugin
05/24/17 03:11 am
Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in you
seo plugin
05/23/17 02:58 pm
Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in you
Shout Archive
Refresh the Shoutbox


Three by Narya

[ - ]   Printer Chapter or Story
Table of Contents

- Text Size +
Story notes:
Trigger warnings for scenes depicting difficult childbirth and domestic violence.
Rheda, widow of Tamar, did not die a beautiful death.

When the contractions started her baby had not turned. Udela righted that soon enough, but then came the blood – so much of it, spewing from between Rheda's thighs and running in warm rivulets over her flesh to soak the earthen floor.

Scitte.” The midwife turned to her assistant. “Ebba, hot rags, water and salt. Now.”

“Tamar?” whispered Rheda.

“Hush, child.” Udela shuffled forwards and braced the girl's legs against her own body. “Not long to go. You hold on, there’s a good girl.” And so on, soothing nonsense that meant nothing, for she knew Rheda’s chances of making it through this birth alive were slim. Too much blood had been lost, and more would follow when the baby arrived. Keeping up her chatter, she slipped her arm inside the girl and felt for the infant’s head.

“How does it go?” asked Ebba, heaving the kettle onto the fire.

Udela shook her head, her face creased in concentration – then touched what she had been seeking and smiled. She withdrew her arm and took the girl’s hand. “Rheda?”

Rheda’s eyes flickered open.

“Rheda, I can feel your child. It is almost here, but you must help it.”

“I can’t,” she whispered.

“Try, Rheda. Push.”

So she groaned and struggled, and little by little the child moved – and then with a final shriek from Rheda, a tiny girl rushed out into the midwife’s waiting hands. Deftly she cleared the child’s mouth of mucus and heard it utter its first rasping breath – as always, a sound that filled her with warm relief – then tied and cut the umbilical cord.

“Your daughter, Rheda,” she said, holding the child to the young woman’s face – but Rheda was too far gone to see or care. Blood and slime still poured from within her, and her face was white and damp.

“It hurts,” she murmured. “It hurts, make it stop.” Then – “Tamar!” And her face contorted into a gruesome rictus and her body spasmed, and then she was still.
Chapter end notes:
Scitte - Old English, 'shit.' Tolkien used Old English to represent Rohirric in his works, though I'm not sure he'd be down with the expletives...