The King's Gambit by Lbilover

Written for the word of the day 'gambit'.

"The board is set, the pieces are in motion," Gandalf said quietly to Pippin.

His heart smote him as he thought of Frodo and Sam, of Cirith Ungol, of the task laid out before them. Even if they succeeded, what likelihood was there that they would survive the destruction of the Ring, with Sauron's empire falling in ruin about them?

He was playing the King's Gambit, and to gain a victory and a throne for Aragorn, two small grey-cloaked pawns were likely to be sacrificed.

Frodo assumed the burden willingly.

But the words rang hollow in the Wizard’s sorrowing heart.