Daughter of the Twilight

Author's note- I don't own Haldir, Galadriel, Celeborn or anything else that appears in Lord of the Rings. Tindómerel and Terendul are my own characters. Just to warn you, this story will take time to get updated so please be patient as I get my next chapters done.

Chapter 1
Introductions

She didn't remember who she was or where she was. All she knew was that she was lost in the woods and that she was not dressed to be wandering around in the woods. In fact, she was dressed to go to a party. She remembered what things were like what a tree was and that she was a human but all her memories of her past were gone.

"Is anyone there?" she yelled not really expecting an answer.

A few meters away hidden by trees Haldir heard her cry. He motioned his fellow elves to stop. After a moment he motioned for them to flank her, while he moved straight toward her. He moved silently into the small clearing where she was sitting. She had her back turned to him and was crying. He realized she was muttering something under her breath. He took a quiet step closer but he still couldn't hear exactly what she was saying.

He did realize that she was speaking Westron and she must be a human. He wondered how she had gotten past the borders of Lothlorien without his perimeter guards catching her. He walked up next to her and laid a hand on her shoulder.

As she felt a hand on her shoulder she shrieked, spun around and tried to get up all at the same time. The result was that she tripped on her skirt, twisted her ankle and fell to the ground. She just sat there unmoving, staring at the ground waiting for whoever it was to make their move.

When she had shrieked, Haldir had automatically stepped back and partially drawn his dagger. As she fell he re-sheathed his dagger and stood watching her. After a minute he signaled for the rest of the elves to move on and took a step closer to her.

"My lady? Are you hurt?"

"I think I sprained my ankle." She said. He knelt next to her.

"Let me see your foot." He instructed. As she brought her foot out in front of her Haldir realized she was wearing a strange type of shoe. It had a few straps fastened around her foot and the heel of the shoe was tall and skinny. There was a definite swelling around her ankle.

As Haldir inspected her foot she was busy studying him. He had long blond hair and pale skin. He was carrying a bow and a quiver full of arrows slung over his shoulder and a long dagger at his side. He was definitely handsome, almost beautiful. He was dressed in forest green clothes. His leggings were of a cotton material and his boots went midway up his calf. His shirt was a dark green and he had a tunic over his shirt that fell to his knees. A cloak clasped at his throat completed his outfit. She was brought out of her reverie by a sharp pain in her ankle. She gasped in pain.

"Sorry." He said. "It's not broken, but it is sprained. Come, I will take you to a place where you can rest." He started to help her up then decided that she would injure herself more trying to walk with those funny shoes on. He leaned down and took her in his arms. She was startled at first but soon settled in his arms. He set off at a quick pace.

"So what's your name?" she asked trying to fill an awkward silence.

"Haldir"

"Oh. That's a nice name. So where are you from?"

"Lothlorien."

"Oh-kay. If you say so."

'Who is this nut?' She wondered. She went back to studying him. Up close she could see he had striking blue eyes and a strong chin. That's when she noticed the ears. They where pointed. She tried to look closer without squirming too much.

Haldir realized she was staring at him with her mouth open.

"Do you have a problem?" he asked.

"No. no, not at all." She answered quickly, but Haldir could tell that there was something on her mind.

After a while of walking in silence one of Haldir's scouts came up.

"Heruamin (My lord)! We have spotted Orcs on our borders."

Haldir made a quick decision. "Sana he (take her). Go back to the city and give her a room and tell Hwesta to attend to her needs." With that Haldir set her down, turned and walked into the forest.

"Arwen en amin."(My Lady) said the elf. She looked at him with confusion until he realized that she must only speak Westron. "My lady..." he said with an incline of his head. She nodded and he picked her up. He looked similar to Haldir but he didn't have the same proud, noble attitude. He was also more talkative.

"Where are we going?"

"To Caras Galadhon."

"Oh." She noticed that he too had pointed ears. "Does everyone here have pointed ears?" she asked.

He laughed. "Of course. All elves have pointed ears."

That shut her up for a moment. Elves? Lothlorien? Where had she heard those terms before? Then she realized where she must be. But that was impossible, wasn't it? "No" she whispered then fainted.

She woke to the voice of the elf that had been carrying her. He sounded kind of frantic. "All I said was that 'all elves have pointed ears' and she fainted!"

"It's alright calm down. Look, she is waking up." A female voice said.

Opening her eyes she saw she was in a bed in a room that looked like it was carved out of a tree.

"Where am I?" she asked

"You are in Caras Galadhon. I am Hwesta. You are safe here."

Then she remembered where she was and started to laugh. It was the hysterical laughter of someone who was expecting to wake up from a dream only wasn't.

"I think we need a human influence." said Hwesta. "Go and get Terendul, quickly!"

The elf that had carried her rushed out the door. Hwesta moved over to the bed and attempted to calm the human down.

"Lamin wun'd tuhnaer. Amin coie nir'yenr. Lle rangwa? (I will help you. I have lived many years. Do you understand?" the soothing words seemed to have an effect because the woman had stopped laughing.

When she heard that voice speaking in a gentle flowing language she stopped laughing and just laid there staring at the ceiling. Hwesta's heart went out to this strange human, moments later she heard the clatter of running feet on the stairs. Terendul rushed through the doorway.

"I came as quickly as I cou-" he broke off as he saw the young woman lying on the bed.

"She is in a hysterical state and when she looks at any elf she only gets worse. Please try to talk to her."

He studied the person on the bed, she was definitely human. With two quick strides he crossed to her and knelt beside the bed. She looked up at him, her eyes quickly flashing to his ears. She sighed in relief.

"Hello" he said quietly.

"Hi" she said back

"What's your name?" he asked.

The panic in her eyes rose but she quickly quelled it. She was not going to get hysterical again. She swallowed before answering. "I don't remember." She said "I don't remember anything about myself. I remember what objects are but my entire past is gone."

"I'm truly sorry for your loss. If there's anything I can do to help let me know." He smiled at her. "Would you like a name until you remember yours?"

"Yes." she answered.

"I have one. How about tindómerel?"

"Very well, Tindómerel it is. Does it mean anything?"

"It means Daughter of the twilight."

"Why that name?"

"I first saw you at twilight."

She sat up and realized she was barefoot. Her ankle didn't hurt as much as it had but it was still sore for awhile.

"Thank you, for talking to me. What is your name?"

"My name is Terendul and before you came I was the only human in the realm of Lothlorien."

"You must be lonely." Tindómerel said.

"No, actually the elves are good companions." He answered. She didn't believe him but everyone to his own.

Hwesta came up next to him.

"Are you feeling better?" she asked.

"A little. Thank you for caring for me."

"Seasamin." She answered.

"What?"

"It means 'my pleasure' in Elvish."

"oh" Tindómerel said.

Terendul looked at her again. "Would the lady like to go get something to eat?"

She nodded a bit frightened at the prospect of going out of the room.

"Come on, I can give you the grand tour." Terendul told Tindómerel. "I promise not to leave your side until you want me to."

Tindómerel reluctantly agreed.

"I'll wait for you to get dressed; there are some clothes in the chest over there and a brush on top of the dresser."

Tindómerel nodded. Hwesta motioned Terendul out and then followed behind him.

Once they left Tindómerel moved over to the chest that Terendul had indicated. Inside there were a few different dresses. There were no pants, shorts, or shirts. Reluctantly she put on a long dress. It was made of a navy blue fabric, velvet to the touch but much lighter than she expected. The dress helped make her gray/blue eyes stand out.

She moved over to the mirror and as she looked at her reflection she began to brush her hair. Her long brown hair fell to the middle of her back in gentle waves.

As she finished brushing her hair she heard a gentle step behind her. Turning she saw Terendul standing in the doorway. She blushed when he said, "You look lovely. I had forgotten how attractive mortal women could look."

"Thank you." she muttered.

"It gets a bit depressing sometimes being around all these perfect elves."

She nodded. "I can see how that would be so."

"Shall we go to dinner?" She moved to his side and they went out the door and down the stars together.

Upon reaching the place where they were to dine Tindómerel saw many elves casually chatting with each other. They were on a huge platform open to the air and lit by lights that gave off a soft blue glow. On the end of the platform were the stairs that they had entered by leading to the ground. On the other side was another flight of stairs leading up higher into the trees. In the center of the platform was a table large enough to hold twenty to thirty elves.

Hwesta came up to Tindómerel and said "You look lovely Tindómerel."

"Thank you. This is a lovely city, so beautiful and natural."

Hwesta was about to say more when a bell rang somewhere and the chatting died down.

"What's going on?" Tindómerel whispered to Hwesta.

"Our Lord Celeborn and Lady Galadriel are about to enter." Hwesta whispered back.

Tindómerel looked to the stairs leading up higher into the trees. Her eyes widened as two elves clad in white descended. They seemed to radiate tranquility and knowledge; Tindómerel could tell that they had seen many sorrows but also many joys.

As they came down to the bottom of the stairs and walked to the table many elves bowed. When they reached the table all the elves moved to a place at the table. She followed Terendul to a seat next to Hwesta. That's when Tindómerel noticed Haldir standing to the left of Lord Celeborn and Lady Galadriel. He was dressed in a tunic and leggings of a silver cloth that glowed in the special lighting. His hair hung freely around his shoulders. Almost as if he had felt her stare Haldir turned and looked at her. She gasped slightly at the intensity of that gaze.

When she gasped Terendul turned and looked at her.

"My lady?" he asked "Are you alright?"

"I'm fine, just startled."

He turned back to watching Lord Celeborn and Lady Galadriel.

Tindómerel turned back to study Haldir but then Lord Celeborn began to speak and she gave him her attention.

"Lords and Ladies of Lothlorien, honored guests. I would like to present to you a new honored guest... Lady Tindómerel." He indicated Tindómerel with one hand.

When he said her name, Tindómerel felt like sinking down onto the floor. She felt many eyes scrutinizing her. She stared at her plate, refusing to look at anyone. Celeborn began to speak again.

"Welcome." He said with a slight nod toward her. "And now I would like you to relax and enjoy your meal." He clapped his hands twice and elves bearing trays entered from the stairs leading to the ground.

They served dish after exotic dish and Tindómerel was soon full. She sat back, sipping a sweet wine and watched all the graceful elves moving about her.

After supper everybody moved to another platform closer to the ground. There were musicians here and as everyone entered they started a soft waltz.

Tindómerel moved to the back of the crowd hoping no one would notice her. Unfortunately Terendul didn't let her get away with hiding.

"Lady Tindómerel, would you be so kind as to dance with me?" asked Terendul.

She didn't know how to politely refuse so she let him lead her onto the dance floor. After that dance was over she politely said she was tired and they wandered over to a bench. Eventually an elf came and asked Terendul for a dance.

"Tindómerel, will you be fine without me?"

She nodded and smiled her accord. She sat there lost in thought until she felt someone sit down next to her. Thinking that Terendul had returned she turned to ask him a question. Instead she saw Haldir sitting there. He wasn't looking at her so she didn't say anything. After a while he turned to her.

"I hope you are feeling better, my lady."

"Yes, thank you. I don't know what I would have done if you hadn't come along."

He seemed a little embarrassed. She noticed that quite a few elves were looking at them. The male elves seemed amused and some of the female elves too, but some of the female elves were giving her dirty looks. 'Or what constitutes as a dirty look among elves' Tindómerel thought. She giggled out loud.

"Are you alright my lady?" Haldir asked.

"Fine, just fine. In fact I think that this place is going to be a nice place to live." After getting over her initial shock, she was realizing that Lothlorien was a beautiful and serene place. As an after thought, she added. "My name is tindómerel."

Haldir looked surprised. "You have an elven name yet you know nothing about us."

Tindómerel blushed and looked down at her lap. "Actually it was given to me. I have no recollection of my own name."

"I'm sorry; I didn't mean to bring it up again." She looked so much better than when he had first found her that Haldir was surprised. He surprised himself even more when he heard himself say "Would you like to dance?"

Tindómerel was surprised to hear him ask her to dance. "Sure." She said; then thought to herself 'at the risk of being killed by murderous elf maidens.' she almost laughed again but managed not to. She didn't want Haldir to think that she was laughing at him.

Haldir led her to a corner of the dance floor that wasn't very crowded and was kind of secluded.

Tindómerel searched for something to say. "So did you find those...gurkes?"

A soft smile crossed his face "The Orcs? Yes, we slew them all."

"What exactly are the Orcs?"

"They are evil beasts, servants of terror."

They danced in silence for awhile. Haldir's hand was a light pressure on her hip, gently guiding her. She could tell he had done this before. The music soon came to an end. He bowed to her and she curtsied.

"Actually I was sent by Lord Celeborn and Lady Galadriel. They want to meet you."

"I don't know..." she wasn't sure that she would know how to behave. It was like going before a king and queen. She looked over to where they were sitting. A few elves were there talking to them.

"They'll like you. I'm sure they will." He encouraged her.

"Ok." She smiled at him.

Galadriel turned and looked at her as she approached. She lightly touched Celeborn on the arm. Tindómerel curtsied before them both with as much grace as she could muster.

"I am sorry if my announcement of your presence made you feel uncomfortable. I did not mean to embarrass you." Said Celeborn.

"There are no hard feelings on my part my lord." She said reverently. She looked up briefly and met Galadriel's gaze. She was held transfixed by the power and knowledge in those eyes. Galadriel's face was briefly confused.

"You have been clouded by shadow. Your past is gone from you."

"That's right." Tindómerel said figuring out what Galadriel was talking about. "I don't remember my past; any of it."

Celeborn looked at Tindómerel with sorrow and pity. "We extend to you our sincerest sympathies." Celeborn said solemnly.

The elves nearest her looked at her with detached pity. She felt anger flare inside her. She might be lost and have no memory but she wasn't helpless!

"Thank you for your kind words but I don't need your pity. I'm not helpless." She said with a little more hostility in her voice than she meant. Haldir gave her a sharp look. An awkward silence followed her statement. During the silence Terendul moved up to her elbow.

"Lords and Ladies. The hour is late; I believe that Lady Tindómerel is tired. I bid you all good night." With that he lightly grabbed her elbow and whispered in her ear, "Say goodnight."

She smiled sweetly and said, "Goodnight, my lord, my lady." She curtsied slightly to Celeborn and Galadriel in turn. She then turned and left with Terendul guiding her with his hand remaining on her elbow. After they were out of sight, she shook off his hand and followed him back to her room in stony silence.

Once back at her room he turned and looked at her with a disbelieving stare.

"What where you thinking?" he admonished, his voice tinted with anger. "You are here on the courtesy of Lord Celeborn and Lady Galadriel and you go and insult their graciousness."

"I-"

"They were only being nice and sympathetic. Or do you have something against pity?" he was about to go on when Tindómerel decided she had had enough.

"What if I do have something against pity!?" She yelled at him. "I don't mind sympathy but all those elves out there weren't sympathizing with me; they were pitying me! Just because they think they're better than me because I'm a weak human! And a female human at that, a poor lost, amnesic human female!" She glared at him, but then started to laugh at the look on his face. He looked absolutely stunned.

'she's crazy' Terendul thought. 'Absolutely crazy'. She moved over to him. He stepped back warily but she only wrapped her arms around him. He relaxed and pulled her close.

She surprised herself by wrapping her arms around him. She was emotionally exhausted by her traumatic day and her outburst. They stood there for sometime just holding each other. He finally pulled out of her grasp and said, "Come on, let's get you to bed."

On the other side of the city Haldir was talking with Lord Celeborn.

"I am sorry my lord. I had no idea she would react so rudely. I should not have brought her over."

"I can forgive. It was after all my idea that she come over. She was tired from a day full of trauma. I wanted to meet her anyway. My integrity will survive."

"If you say so my lord."

They had walked to the doorway of Celeborn and Galadriel's chambers.

"I think you are overly concerned with this matter. Dismiss it from your thoughts and have a pleasant rest. Lissenen ar' maska lalaith tenna' lye omenta. (Sweet water and light laughter 'till next we meet.)"

Haldir bowed. "Ancuio Silailye, Heruamin. (Mayest thou shine, My Lord.)" As he walked away, Haldir heard Celeborn say, "I do believe she will be an influence on this realm, she may even make an impression on you."

As Haldir walked to his chambers he thought, amused and slightly worried, 'she already has.'

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Hee hee. Well that is my first chapter. If you liked it please review, even if you didn't like it I would appreciate it if you reviewed and told me why you didn't like it. Oh just some added information; Hwesta means breeze and Terendul means Slender and/or Dark. I will try to get the next chapter up soon but with school and homework who knows how soon that will be.