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January 2013 Birthday Cards


A new year, a new chance for many discussions and wishes, stories and drabbles here in HASA Birthday Cards. And with the first film of the Hobbit trilogy out, I'm hoping for some spotlights on scenes, glimpses into half-forgotten corners and discoveries between the lines of "The Hobbit" canon!

So a happy new year to you all, fellow HASA members, and may the (creative) force be with you, to borrow from another epic (and let's hope PJ's prequel fares better than that other one Wink...)!



Birthday folks: Is your birthday in January and you would be delighted by a little story gift from your fellow HASA members? Then state your request here in this thread. To collect your birthday cards in one place, you can create a birthday workshop story.

Authors: Let yourselves get inspired by the suggestions - a chance to be creative and to make a fellow HASA member happy at the same time! Just like the recipients, you can collect the stories you've written in a  birthday workshop story.

And don't forget to add your birthday cards to the 2013 Birthday Cards Challenge.

Here's a short recap on how to do that:

  • Add each birthday present as a chapter in your story, using the story name (and the birthday recipient if there is room) as the story chapter. If you can't fit the person's name into the chapter title, just include it as the first opening line in the chapter.
  • Be sure you give each chapter a number and set the status to public so everyone can read it!
  • Since most birthday card stories are pretty short, you might include the birthday recipient's wish for what kind of story she wanted. Paste it from the forum.
  • In your story summary, you can list out who you've written stories for if you like.
  • It's up to you on the order you want to give your chapters - Alphabetical by recipient, order by month chronologically, newest first, etc.

In case you need help or have a comment, question or suggestion, please post it here or send me an e-mail - I'll do my best to help.


January, 3rd - Imhiriel: I'd like a story about a prosperous Dale either in its past heyday or after its rebuilding. Bonus points for including members of the ruling family like Bard or Girion. And extra shiny bonus points A gold star for you! if you can work Elrond into it, see this quote: "...he grieved to remember the ruin of the town of Dale and its merry bells, and the burned banks of the bright River Running." Doesn't it sound like he may have visited there?

January, 7th - Jay of Lasgalen: I'd like drabbles or stories about where Legolas was during events.  Was he at the merry-making? Was he one of the elves who captured the dwarves?  What did he think about his father imprisoning them, and their escape? And was he at the Battle of Five Armies?

January, 17th - Aruthir: As [...] the weather gods have seen fit to bless(?) me yet again with incessant rain for my birthday-month, I should like stories to do with snow, please. Bonus points if you include Nazgul, Numenor or Dunlendings.

 

 

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As it is my birthday on the seventeenth and the weather gods have seen fit to bless(?) me yet again with incessant rain for my birthday-month, I should like stories to do with snow, please. Bonus points if you include Nazgul, Numenor or Dunlendings.

 

 

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My birthday is on the 3rd, and in light of "Unexpected Journey", I'm in the mood for stories inspired by TH. I'd like a story about a prosperous Dale either in its past heyday or after its rebuilding. Bonus points for including members of the ruling family like Bard or Girion. And extra shiny bonus points A gold star for you! if you can work Elrond into it, see this quote: "...he grieved to remember the ruin of the town of Dale and its merry bells, and the burned banks of the bright River Running." Doesn't it sound like he may have visited there?

Imhririel

 

 

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My birthday is 7th January, and in honour of The Hobbit (which I'm going to see again as a birthday present!) I'd like drabbles or stories about where Legolas was during events.  Was he at the merry-making? Was he one of the elves who captured the dwarves?  What did he think about his father imprisoning them, and their escape? And was he at the Battle of Five Armies?

He's a key character in LOTR, but is never mentioned in The Hobbit - so let your imagination go!

 

 

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Happy birthday Aruthir!

I couldn't quite squeeze in Nazgul or Dunlendings...

Home

"What is it with you Númenoreans and snow?" Círdan asked, smiling, as they watched the delight of the men in their camp.

"You would call this snow?" Elendil retorted, but he, too, was smiling.

In truth this wet slush was barely worth the name, Elendil thought, but he doubted Mordor would oblige by giving them a perfect fall of dense, not quite dry, flakes that were the best for making snowb… Curse it, now he was doing it.

In Imladris, before the armies marched, he had helped young Valandil make a snowman. He missed his adoptive home and its winter.

 

 

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Happy Birthday, Jay!

Fools

"Stubborn fools," his father had muttered when the Dwarves strengthened their defences and hardened their hearts.

Yet Legolas could not help but wonder. How would any of them have acted? He tried to put himself in Thorin's place, home and riches taken from him, his people slain or surviving in exile. And then to regain home and heritance, and have them threatened immediately again? Nay, stubborn the Dwarves were, but foolish?

Legolas shook his head as he picked up his bow. At least now they fought Orcs and Wargs, not these Dwarves. That battle was altogether more to his liking.

 

 

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Thank you!  Yes, Legolas is quite right - the dwarves are stubborn, but they're fighting for their ancestral home.  Who can blame them? 

I like the end, as they face the common enemy.

 

 

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Thankyou for this story, Nath- as another fan of "proper weather", after reading this story I feel even more akin to Elendil than I did before.

Now, where did I put that sled...

 

 

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Happy Birthday, Imhiriel!

Darkening

2630 Third Age – Dale

It was the first time after the formation of the White Council that Elrond travelled east of the Misty Mountains. First he had gone to Lothlórien, to escort Arwen, and to talk about how they might keep the passes open and safe, and about the darkening tide of the world – not quite a meeting of the White Council without Círdan or the Istari there. Still, it had been a useful visit, and it was good to be away from Imladris for a while – he had forgotten how nice it could be to travel at his own pace, without set goals.

It was only sensible to continue eastwards and see for himself the threat of Dol Guldur's tower, to travel the Forest Road and see what Dwarves and Men were building beyond Mirkwood's gloomy darkness. Of course, after visiting Dale's lord, he could not return without visiting Thranduil's realm; not that Oropher's son would be pleased to see him, but courtesy required the visit be made. Undoubtedly, Thranduil still held the Noldor accountable for his father's doomed charge during the Last Alliance. The effort had to be made, though; they could not afford estrangement among the Elves in these darkening days.

For now though, Elrond was happy to wander the streets of Dale and its market – the famous toys of Dale were indeed marvels of craftsmanship, the town itself was pleasant, its people extending their welcome to all travellers. Most of those he saw were Men of Rhovanion and of course Dwarves, but there were more than a few Elves in the crowd, as well as Men who looked as if they came from far away in the East of Middle-earth – as well as one or two who were so obviously of Dúnedain blood that they had to be from Gondor.

***

2771 Third Age – Rivendell

"A dragon?"

The messenger nodded. "I saw him myself. I had gone to Dale to trade with the Dwarves, and I barely escaped. Dale is gone, as is the Kingdom under the Mountain, and all the land is a smoking waste."

- -

"I am troubled," Elrond said to Glorfindel later that day. "Even if the Enemy is not directly involved, it is convenient for him to have this hold on Wilderland."

"But will the dragon heed Sauron?" Glorfindel asked.

"Even if he acts only on his own behalf, the damage Smaug can do plays into his hand," Elrond said.

 

 

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Happy belated birthday Imhiriel- and I'm sorry if this is a little darker than you were hoping for. Do I still get the bonus points for including Elrond? Who, me?

*

 A warm wind tousled Elrond's hair as he turned his face to the last rays of the setting sun and he sighed happily, closing his eyes and allowing himself to luxuriate in them. These were the sort of evenings that reminded the elf-lord why he had stayed in Middle Earth, he thought to himself, his horse whinnying softly beneath him, these small, simple, satisfying moments. He had eaten well in a small inn by the river- simple fare, granted, but tasty nevertheless- and found himself almost regretting the fact he would soon be leaving the company of Men and returning to the halls of the Elven-king. The music of the Atani was crude and cacophonous and their carousing even worse- but no-one could accuse them of not living every moment of their brief lives to the fullest. Thranduil's songsmiths were as skilled as any who now dwelled in Illúvatar's creation, but there was something missing in their craft- some mysterious ingredient that the Children of the Sun had harnessed that even the most talented of their immortal cousins had not.

 Elrond opened his eyes. The sun had sunk below the tops of the tallest trees of Greenwood the Great- or the Mirkwood, as he had heard it described in hushed tones by some of the more credulous Dale-folk in recent days- and the entire sky had become a riot of reds and oranges, golds and purples. The elf-lord marvelled at the sight- even the sunsets over his beloved Imladris were never so beautiful. Such majesty, such magic...

 The wind turned suddenly, and the elf-lord shivered. Taking his eyes from the horizon, he turned them one final time to the town...

 Only for them to widen in horror as he watched the dragon swoop down upon it and burn it to ashes with a roar like a hurricane. The beast glittered obscenely in the flames, making vile mock of the serenity that had been just moments before. Elrond's ears now rang with screams and shrieks instead of mirth and merrymaking, and his heart ached as the dragon made a second pass over the town. No longer will the bells of Dale ring out over the valley, Elrond thought, tears running down his cheeks as he watched the firestorm- no longer will the toys of Dale-folk be the wonder of all who behold them. No, all that will remain after this moment is death and destruction- a charred and ruined dream...

 The dragon howled as it made a third, totally unnecessary pass over the town- surely nothing could have survived the first two, the elf-lord thought- a hideous cry of triumphant, malicious glee. Elrond's heart burned in his breast, furious rage boiling within his heart for dead friends and strangers alike. Wheeling his horse around, he cried to all the Valar and charged, his sword suddenly free of his sheath and shining like a star.

 Too late, the elf-lord remembered he was alone.

 Too late, the elf-lord realised his folly.

 Too late, his steed saw the pothole.

 A sickening crack as bone broke...

 The world turned end-over-end, and Elrond braced himself for impact.

 His sword spilled from his hand, his maimed horse shrieking, the elf-lord hit the dirt of the road with all the force of a thunderbolt...

 ...and the dragon saw.

 Elrond closed his eyes as the beast surged towards him, jaws agape, eyes burning with hate.

 He hoped the end would be swift.

*

 ...and, as so often had happened in the days since the news of Smaug's attack had reached Rivendell, Elrond jolted up screaming from his sweat-soaked sheets.

 His heart racing a mile a minute, his gaze flew to the window...

 ...to see naught but the full Moon, cold and beautiful above the hidden valley.

 It was the same every time.

 You were not there, you fool, he thought to himself, and there was nothing you could do for them.

 The dream differed little each time it assailed him, but it always ended the same way- fore and blood and terror.

 There was nothing you could do.

 An owl hooted softly somewhere in the distance, and the elf-lord sank back to his bed.

 There was nothing you could have done.

 He would not sleep for a long time.

 Was there?

 

 

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Aruthir, this is absolutely wonderful! Applause!

 

 

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Hope you don't mind, Jay, but I have posted your birthday fic as part of the 2013 Fundraiser?

 

 

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Many thanks, Nath! Here's hoping I can come up with a few more fics for the Fundraiser, eh?

 

 

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The more the merrier Grin I have at least one more idea bubbling away, so who knows...

 

 

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May Eru guide us! Cool!

 

 

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I don't mind at all, especially when it's so good!

I love the contrast between the two stories, and the repaying of an ancient debt.  The begrudging gratitude between Gloin and Legolas is exactly how I'd imagine it, and it's great that it's mirrored with Legolas and Gimli.  Thank you!

 

 

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Thanks so much for the birthday wishes and this story, Nath!

I love how you show the complex, bustling life of Dale, how you show all the multitudes of races living and working and trading there. And Elrond in the midst of it. And then, it's simply gone, and we are not even there, only hear it with Elrond through the messenger.

I also really liked how you included little hints of what Elrond was up to, how he came to be there, and where we are in the wider context of M-e history.

Imhiriel

 

 

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Thank you, Aruthir, for the wishes and the gift!

Yes, it's darker than my request, but shiver and gooseflesh and hair standing on end can also be nice, can't they Wink? I like how you begin so harmlessly with a beautiful evening with good food and music and a relaxed Elrond and it's all ominous and we know something is coming but the people in Dale don't and then... Oooooh! It all becomes ash and ruin and death. And then - it is revealed that it was "merely" Elrond's nightmare - and it still haunts him as if he really had been there.

And we are left to ponder what might have happened if Elrond had indeed been in Dale when Smaug attacked...

Imhiriel
...doesn't even want to think about Elrond in such danger...

 

 

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