The Council

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After she'd arrived at the nearest town to Rivendell she stopped to get some rest at an inn and upon leaving she was ambushed by a band of Orcs

"Ello my pretty" one rasped at her "Just give us the Ring and you can go"

"I don't have it Orc" she said and whipped out her sword slicing his head off and everyone stared as the head fell to the ground in slow motion
"You'll pay for that one" A rather disfigured one rasped and made to attack her but she killed it easily and the one's after that before carrying on in her journey

She passed many villages with people staring at her but they made way for her to pass and once she'd reached the Forest in front of Rivendell she was ambushed and whacked over the head causing her to fall unconscious

When she finally came round her head felt like it had been whacked several times with a sledge hammer and she felt a cold damp cloth being wiped across her forehead and a woman singing in Elvish

"Greetings, I am Arwen, how are you feeling?"

Nienna turned to look at her and saw a beautiful young woman with long, flowing, dark brown, wavy hair. Her deep blue eyes felt like they were piercing Nienna's soul, as if searching for something.

"Uh hi, I'm Nienna, I'm fine thank you but where am I?"

"Rivendell, in the house of my father, Lord Elrond"

"How did I get here?"

"You were brought here by a Ranger by the name of Aragorn"

"I see, when can I thank him?"

"Today, there is a counsel being held regarding the Ring held by my father who wishes you to attend, will you?"

"Yes, I guess I can"

Arwen smiled again, her eyes twinkling "Wonderful, my father has had some things made for you and do put on a circlet too" Arwen stood up to leave before saying "Lady Galadriel sends her regards, meet me downstairs when you are done"

With that she left giving some privacy for Nienna to bathe and change

Nienna slowly got out of bed and walked to the bathroom and filled the tub up with hot water and some oils that smelled exotic before stripping out of the nightgown which she found herself in

She scrubbed all the dirt off of herself before beginning to wash her hair with more exotic smelling oils

Once she was done she felt fresher and dried herself and wrapped herself with a towel before going back into her room and picking out a beautiful dress from the wardrobe

It was a floor-length gown of midnight blue that had a clingy bodice that had beads and crystals scattered over it while the sleeves where tight before flowing out at the wrists where they reached her knees and the skirt felt like it was made of silk rustled as she slipped on a pair of matching ballet flats and a intricate circlet made of silver that had stones matching the color of the dress after she combed out her hair and let it loose so it fell a few inches below her elbows

She slipped two of her daggers in each sleeve just in case before leaving and walking down the corridor where she bumped into Arwen

"Sorry Lady Arwen" she apologised
"No need to apologise, it is I who should be apologizing Lady Nienna and please, call me Arwen"
"Only if you call me Nienna"

"Deal, come I'll take you to the council" Arwen lead Nienna through the Labyrinth like place outside to a garden where people were seated and on the way Arwen told her who everyone was and what they looked like and once they'd arrived Arwen had apologized saying that she needed to tend to something

As soon as Elrond and Erestor took their seat, the meeting began.

"Strangers from distant lands, friends of old." He started. Then he looked towards Nienna. "Lady Nienna" he said while dipping his head in acknowledgement Nienna then dipped her head towards Elrond in return.

Elrond then continued his opening speech. "You've been summoned here to answer the threat of Mordor. Middle Earth stands upon the brink of destruction. None can escape it. You will unite or you will fall. Each race is bound to this fate, this one doom." He then ended his opening speech by looking at Frodo and gestured towards the pedestal in the centre of the meeting place. "Bring forth the Ring, Frodo."

Frodo looked at Gandalf briefly before he stood up and put the Ring on the said dais. After he put the Ring there, Nienna could see that Frodo's expression was a little bit relieved. Murmurs then started to erupt. Nienna had heard before about the Ring's malice from Gandalf. Now, for the first time, Nienna saw its effect on people. Some people grew anxious, and some other just glare at the Ring with a flash of desire in their eyes. But she could see that some remained strong

But then Boromir said, "It is a gift. It is a gift to the foes of Mordor. Why not use this Ring?" He then stood up and started to speech, "Long has my father, the Steward of Gondor, kept the forces of Mordor at bay. By the blood of our people are your lands kept safe." He said the last sentence while pointing his fingers towards the attendants of the Council to give more impression. At last, he looked around and confidently asked, "Give Gondor the weapon of the enemy. Let us use it against him."

His request was cut short when another voice spoke up. "You cannot wield it," it said. It was Aragorn's. As he said that, Boromir turned his head, and then his whole body, to look at Aragorn. Aragorn quickly continued, "None of us can. The One Ring answers to Sauron alone. It has no other master."

"And what would a Ranger know of this matter?" sneered Boromir

Legolas stood up in Aragorn's defence It seemed that he had known Aragorn for a quite long time. "This is no mere Ranger," he said. "He is Aragorn, son of Arathorn. You owe him your allegiance."

Boromir looked at Aragorn disbelievingly and said, "Aragorn. This is Isildur's heir?" Nienna's eyes widened. Aragorn has royal blood? It appears that everyone here is of great importance and lineage. I won't be surprised if the blond elf suddenly claims he is a king or prince in his land.Nienna thought.

When Nienna was back to reality, Legolas was already seated back on his place and Boromir was looking at him while saying, "Gondor has no king." He then shifted his gaze to Aragorn while he walked to his seat while saying, "Gondor needs no king." Nienna was a little bit relieved when she realized that what she missed when she was spacing she hadn't missed any vital bit of information

Then Gandalf decided to bring the discussion back on track. "Aragorn is right. We cannot use it."

Gandalf's affirmation of Aragorn's statement prompted Elrond, as the moderator of the discussion, to move to the next topic of discussion. "You have only one choice. The Ring must be destroyed." He seemed pleased that the discussion went as he planned.

"So how do we destroy it?" Nienna spoke up for the first time and felt eyes on her, she could see Boromir's sneer as he was about to say something about women but didn't get the chance as Elrond had spoken

"The Ring cannot be destroyed by any craft that we here possess," Elrond said, drawing the attention back to him to keep the Council's eyes off of Nienna. "The Ring was made in the fires of Mount Doom. Only there can it be unmade. It must be taken deep into Mordor and cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came," he said to the whole Council. He then looked around before continuing, "One of you must do this."

His sentence was met with dead silence. The air was tense. The silence then was broken by Boromir's next words. "One does not simply walk into Mordor," he said. He then started to explain to the whole Council while he remained seated. "Its Black Gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The Great Eye...," he made a circle with his left hand's thumb and forefinger to emphasize his meaning, " ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland riddled with fire, and ash and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly."

Nienna couldn't believe this man. Her list of "Boromir's Negative Points" was growing long. First, he is sexist. Next, he is insensitive and idiot. Now, he is a pessimist. She then replied to Boromir rather sharply, "Haven't you ever heard of the word stealth?" Everyone's attention was then dragged to herself. She then continued, "If you went there with ten thousand men, you will fail, there is no doubt. He would see us and crush instantly. But if you went through his back door quietly and alone or in a small group, he might not notice it." By this time, she could see some of the Elves nodded their agreement on her statement, and Legolas smiled widely at her.

But her satisfaction was cut short when Boromir snapped at her, "Please, young lady. This is time for us men to speak, not for an innocent lady who has never left her home before." Nienna snorted and glared at Boromir.

"Never left my home? If only you can imagine how many Orcs, Goblins and Uruk-Hai I have killed, thank you very much" she said, meaning to cut the debate

But Boromir, being insensitive again, continued to insult her. "Oh, I'm sure I can, milady." He said while he started to stand up, but before he did, Aragorn barked at him. "That's enough. This lady did have a point. Stealth is the thing we need." It appeared that his bitterness towards Aragorn still existed, for he snapped back at Aragorn, "I do not care what you think of this matter, Ranger. I stand by what I said. This is folly." Nienna then added stubbornness to her list of "Boromir's Negative Points".

Legolas then stood up; it appeared that he couldn't contain his anger any more He seemed to see that Boromir's attitude was categorized as disrespect towards Lord Elrond, Aragorn, and the whole Council. "Have you heard nothing Lord Elrond has said? The Ring must be destroyed!" His statement was countered by Gimli the Dwarf, who snapped at him, "And I suppose you think you are the one to do it!"

Boromir, didn't want to be left behind by the others, stood up and expressed his opinion immediately after Gimli. "And if we fail what then? What happens when Sauron takes back what is his?" His question was definitely ignored by the Dwarfs, who were focusing themselves to counter the Elves.

Gimli then continued, "I will be dead before I see the Ring in the hands of an Elf!"

And naturally, after that, chaos erupted. Elves stood up to defend their insulted dignity, Dwarfs stood up upon seeing the Elves' murderous looks, and Boromir joined the chaos to defend his opinion, and so on. Among the loud chatter of argumentations, Nienna could still hear Gimli exclaimed, "Never trust an Elf!" Wow. He does have the insolence to insult an Elf in Elves' territory. Nienna thought to herself.

The only people remain seated now was Aragorn, Gandalf, Frodo, Elrond, Erestor, and Nienna herself.
"Why must they always argue?" she asked Gandalf after sighing and rolling her eyes

"They argue because they, like you young one, have a thirst to prove themselves and protect their homes by whatever means they can get"

Gandalf was the next to shake his head before saying out loud, "Do you not understand? While you bicker amongst yourself, Sauron's power grows!" He then stood up and joined the argument. "None can escape it! You'll all be destroyed!"

Nienna shook her head. "And they fight. How typical of males." She said to herself, and sighed, waiting for the brawl to stop.

Then she heard a soft voice from her right. "I will take it!" it said. Nienna turned her head to see Frodo stood up and walked a few steps. His soft voice was drowned in the middle of the loud arguments. I will take it!" This time, the people heard him and stopped arguing. "I will take the Ring to Mordor!" He said with determination in his voice. But whatever courage that he had a few moments before was gone instantly as he realized that everyone was now looking at him. "Though... I do not know the way," Frodo added shakily after that.

Gandalf then said while walking towards Frodo, "I will help you bear this burden, Frodo Baggins, as long as it is yours to bear." He then stood behind Frodo. Aragorn then also rose from his chair and said, "If by my life or death I can protect you, I will." He then walked and knelt in front of Frodo and continued to say, "You have my sword." Frodo then looked at Aragorn with a great gratitude and smile to him and Gandalf.

Gandalf's and Aragorn's declaration triggered everybody's willingness to help Frodo. "And you have my bow." said Legolas with a sincere smile on his face while he also walked to stand behind Frodo.

"And my axe!" Not long after Gimli took his place next to Legolas, their expression turned a little sour. Nienna smiled and almost giggled but stopped herself and spoke up bravely

"And you have my intelligence"

"A woman cannot fight! A woman does not know anything of war! you will be a burden to us!" Boromir roared and Aragorn once again barked

"Boromir calm yourself! Have some respect for the woman; do you now know who she is?"

"No care to enlighten me?"

"I will" Gandalf said standing up bringing Nienna up with him "This gentlemen is Nienna Amandil, last daughter of Elrond. She has been encased in ice for many years now but has returned"

This caused many gasps of disbelief amongst the Council and even from Nienna herself "Father?" she whispered but was unable to look at him
Gandalf's eyes twinkled as he smiled down at her "Indeed"

Nienna sat back down trying to draw attention away from herself

"Lady Nienna, will you please tell us how you can assist" Aragorn said kindly, showing her respect
Nienna smiled gratefully at him before saying

"I can use daggers and bows and I'm alright with using a sword. I can heal people very well even without herbs; I have overheard battle strategies of Orcs, I know where most Orc bases and camps are and where most of their alliances are so I know what to expect"

"How would you know this?"
"I over hear them, they are very loud and can't keep secrets well them Orcs, they always pass my tomb, constantly bickering and arguing on the alliances that have been made"

"I believe you will be a very valuable member on this journey, just one question, how do you heal?"

Nienna smiled, her eyes sparkling because she had a chance to impress them on the quest

"You will see in due time, you will see"

They nodded and Elrond spoke for the first time in a while
"Onto further matters, what did you see during your time whilst encased in ice?"

"I saw Lady Galadriel, I spoke with her a lot too, I also saw this vast shadowy realm full of spirits that are bound to this Earth because of un-kept promises and this huge tower with an eye made of Fire on it which was constantly looking for something"
"The eye of Sauron" Gandalf said thoughtfully "No doubt he thought you had the Ring"

"Ridiculous" she heard Boromir mutter loudly and that's when her rage surfaced

Without warning she whipped out a dagger from her sleeve and threw it at Boromir where it impaled itself on the pillar which he was currently leaning on, about an inch away from his neck

This caused Legolas to smirk and Aragorn to blink in surprise like the others; no one had seen a dagger thrown that fast with dead accuracy

"Understand that the only reason that you aren't impaled to the pillar with your head cut off is that I have respect for Lord Elrond and speak ill of women or me again and I will make sure that the dagger does not miss you and remember, I never miss my target" She threatened and upon turning to Elrond she saw a proud glint in his eyes "Please forgive me my Lord, I did not mean to damage your pillar"

"You are forgiven, no harm done..." Elrond was going to conclude the meeting when a voice came from the bushes, "Hey!" Then Sam came out from the bushes and exclaimed, "Mr Frodo is not going anywhere without me."

Most attendants were surprised by Sam's sudden appearance, except for Gandalf, Nienna, and Aragorn. Lord Elrond seemed a little surprised, although he was also amused. "No, indeed, it is hardly possible to separate you, even when he is summoned to a secret Council, and you are not"

Then another voice came from some columns around the meeting place. "Wait! We're coming too!" it said, followed by the figures of Merry and Pippin running towards the meeting place. "You'll have to send us home tied up in a sack to stop us," said Merry while he and Pippin stood beside Frodo and Sam.

"Anyway, you need people of intelligence for this sort of... mission," Pippin said. He then looked unsure before he corrected, "Quest. Thing." Then a reply came from Merry, "Well, that rules you out, Pip." Pippin then glared at Merry.

"Ten companions," he mused. "So be it. You shall be the Fellowship of the Ring."

The grand moment was then shattered when Pippin said, "Great! Where are we going?" And then, everyone in the room glared at him disbelievingly.

A/N: I'd like to thank each and everyone one of you who read, reviewed and followed this story, I didn't think that it would be that popular :)
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