Snapshot Challenge

All These Wore Wings

2. notes

This vignette was written for the 'Snapshot' challenge - to tell the story expressed in a painting - and is based on Brothers by Starlight.

I cannot read about Gondolin, its seven gates and white walls, its watchtower of Minas Tirith, its spiritual nearness to the great river, its ruler who refused to be persuaded... and a dozen other parallels... without thinking of Gondor. I thought that Faramir, reading it as history, would also be struck. I could see his young eye being drawn over and over to the chapter heading --The Fall Of Gondolin (maybe holding his finger over the last three letters...) -- until he found a way to renew his personal belief that something survives.

Faramir's (admittedly disjointed and "trying-not-to-look-too closely-at-the-ending") details of Gondolin all come from the version in The Book Of Lost Tales II (my own favorite version of the story.)

Obrothmabâr, and the mention of the boys grandfather, reference the story Obrothmabâr by Chris, written for the Starlight challenge, in the hope it will encourage her to finish (or at least work on) its sequel.


Now in the midmost of these stood Tuor above all heads, and his mail of silver gleamed; and about him was a press of the stoutest of the folk. Lo! all these wore wings as it were of swans or gulls upon their helms, and the emblem of the White Wing was upon their shields.
-- Book of Lost Tales II

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.


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Author: fileg

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Rating: General

Last Updated: 10/17/03

Original Post: 09/20/03

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