Mittwoch, 25. Oktober 2017

Monday, 24 October 2941 T. A.: The darkest of days

On this day, in 2941 T. A. - the second day of the new year of the Dwarves - looked bleak for everyone involved. Since Smaug had destroyed the Doorstep and blocked the Secret Door, Bilbo and the Dwarves spent all the day sitting in that corridor in absolute darkness, losing their sense of time and waiting for something terrible to happen that would never come.

News of Smaug's demise was rapidly carried westward by talkative birds, eventually reaching Thranduil's ears who at once began plotting his own benefit from the new situation.
The fiery end of Esgaroth
(Burning city, unknown 17th century Dutch artist)
Meanwhile, the survivors of the cataclysm of Esgaroth had spent a miserable night without protection in the cold, and though Bard, just appointed king, did his best to get some provisional shelters and care organized, many had taken ill till the next sunset.