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The Names That We Must Carry: Dori

Title: The Names That We Must Carry
Section 13: Dori
Pairings: None
Warnings: Canon-typical violence
Word Count: 252 (2567 so far)
Disclaimer: If I owned the hobbit, it would be even sadder.
Summary: Oakenshield is not the only byname carried by members of Thorin's company. Some are badges of honor, some are marks of courage and some their owners just wish they could live down.

1. Kíli                         4. Glóin                     7. Bombur                   10. Balin
2. Óin                        5. Dwalin                   8. Nori                         11. Bofur
3. Bifur                      6. Ori                        9. Fíli                           12. Thorin

Dori had never desired glory for the word had meant tragedy all too often in his long life. But as the tide of goblins poured toward his companions, the dwarf had no time to think of the songs of honor that would be written when they died. There was only the battle, the weight of his sword in hand and the stench of blood which coated every breath.

Until his younger brothers fell beside him, Nori struck by a wicked arrow and Ori trapped beneath the warg that he had slain, and Dori's mind went red. No filthy goblin was going to hurt his family, not after he had kept them together through exile and disgrace.

So the dwarf stood as a wall before them, teeth and weapons bared, and even the orcs quailed slightly beneath the mad challenge in his eyes. But his foes still attacked, rushing forward only to meet the sharp edge of his blade. For Dori could not be budged from his position, not when his brothers' very lives depended on his strength. Instead he protected them and bled for them and when the carnage finally ended, the dwarf had not moved an inch.

Later on, when the battlefield was emptied and the dead had been buried, Dori first heard the murmurs of Deathwall among those who'd seen him fight. But even though the dwarf thought the title rather overdramatic, as he looked upon his younger brothers' sleeping faces, Dori decided that he could live with that.

14. Bilbo