Martin sighed, he thought, if he had known, he might have gone by himself to search for it, he certainly wouldn't to be the reason she died. He thought how he nearly lost her, really just after leaving Laurina's. Then strength returned, and he said, "I do love her very much, even if the runes were all in Mordor, I'd go get them for her. I do feel more than ever we must get the runes back. I don't think even if I tried to persuade her to go back and give up this quest she'd go back quietly. And I think if I did, it would kill the love we have between us into a hatred that would cause the death of both of us." He looked deeply at the Wizard, "She mean's more to me than life itself, and if I die, I hope it's protecting her. At least then I could very well go and die happy."