Fell and Fair: 29. Fourth Age, Sometime After

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29. Fourth Age, Sometime After

Nienna's Halls, sometime after
Fourth Age

Nienna, greeting Galadriel

"Welcome, my dear Artanis! I am pleased Olórin brought you to see me."

Thin and careworn, she sips her tea, struggling to put words to her woes.

Gradually, I coax the tale of her departure from Endor: the weakness that whelmed her at the Ring's demise, draining her resistance to sea-longing; the reluctance to sail, knowing duty still bound her beloved to the land of his birth.

She seems loath to say aught of this Celeborn; their parting yet pains her deeply.

Hope, I may help her find — but the grief buried at her core must first be laid bare.

Galadriel, on Elrond and Celebrían

"Can you not speak of your sorrows with your family?"

"I often seek refuge in the home of my daughter Celebrían, who understands the burden of fighting Darkness through long ages... and Elrond knows the added weariness of bearing a Ring of Power.

"But how could I complain to them of feeling diminished without Celeborn? I do not wish to remind them of those whom they, too, miss. Their daughter is forever lost to them, and they know not whether their sons, also, will make the choice of Lúthien.

"I will not mar their glad reunion with my growing despair."

Nienna, with Galadriel

My wisest disciple, Olórin, requested assistance when Celebrían sought his aid for her mother. It is clear why they thought it needful: since her arrival in the Blessed Lands, innate strength and pride alone have sustained her — and those now waver.

Artanis is on the brink of fading.

With neither husband nor realm to lavish care upon, she feels unrooted.

She has matured far beyond the idealistic child who chose exile!

"Your concern for Celebrían and Elrond is admirable, Artanis. Yet do not dismiss your own griefs as less than theirs!

"Might you perhaps seek out your parents for comfort?"

Galadriel, on Finarfin, King of the Noldor

"At times I dwell in my father's halls.

"I had hoped to serve him as counsellor, or perhaps regent during his rare absences from Tirion. Yet Finrod, as heir, fulfils those roles since his return from Mandos. He was, after all, King in Nargothrond, whereas Celeborn and I rejected such titles.

"So Father deems me naught but duteous daughter, content to grace his court, ever polite and mindful of protocol. And I must endure simple-minded courtiers seeking to curry his favor by flattering his only daughter."

I barely suppress my smile, having soothed some who ran afoul of her temper.


"Were there no fawning courtiers in Endor?"

"Few," Artanis replies. "We were beset by Melkor's minions. Those who cultivated talents to protect and enrich our lives — warriors, artists, musicians, loremasters — were highly regarded and rewarded. But neither Elwë, Ereinion, nor my kinsmen tolerated those who idled away time manoeuvring for personal gain.

"And Celeborn never suffered fools gladly. He had a way of... discouraging servile behavior."

A fond smile quirks her lips, even as her eyes well.

I embrace her. "You miss him."

Too choked to speak, she nods... until the first of many sobs wrenches itself from her heart.

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: Elena Tiriel

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/21/09

Original Post: 04/18/05

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Fell and Fair

DKP - 19 Jan 09 - 7:56 PM

Ch. 29: Fourth Age, Sometime After

This latest addition is beautiful and moving, ET. A lovely rendition of Nienna and her ministry, and her delicate unravelling of her patient's misery.

I absolutely love the strength of Galadriel's connection to Celeborn. This segues nicely into Celeborn's thoughts in the next drabble. Now: their reunion? *makes puppy eyes*

"And Celeborn never suffered fools gladly. He had a way of... discouraging servile behavior."

Ha! I need no further encouragement to skip over to the Addendum and review Celeborn's relationship with one of his so-called minions... *g*

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I am a new author who is serious about improving my writing. Your comments, both positive and negative, will be treasured, evaluated, and incorporated freely!

Thank you in advance for your time and effort.

My fiction includes:

Fell and Fair (for the Sons of Elrond at the Field of Celebrant and the Alternate Perspectives Challenges)

ET's Legolas Song Parodies (for the International Legolas Month Song Parody Palooza Challenge)

Famous First Lines (for the It Was a Dark and Stormy Night Challenge)

Holiday Carols, Middle Earth-style (for the Carols in Middle-earth Challenge)

and numerous drabbles, including: Alas, Poor Ufthak!

I also compiled many entries for the HASA Resource Library, including the following small sampling:

Interesting People to Meet & Greet:
Orophin & Rúmil, The Bardings, and The Beornings

Cool Places to See & Be Seen:
The Elf-path, The Forest Gate, The High Pass of Rivendell, The Old Forest Road, Undertowers, The Westmarch, and Libraries of the Shire

Wild Fauna to Look (Out) For:
Black Squirrels, Butterflies, Hunting Dogs, The Kine of Araw, Giant Bats, Giant Moths, and Giant Spiders

Toothsome Treats to Eat:
Honey-cakes of the Beornings

Magical Powers to Admire (from a safe distance):
The Unlight of Ungoliant

Great Literature to Read:
The Red Book, The Thain's Book - Annotated Copy of the Red Book, Findegil's Copy of the Thain's Book, The Akallabêth, Herblore of the Shire, Old Words and Names in the Shire, The Reckoning of Years, The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen, The Tale of Years, and Translations from the Elvish

Important Events to Remember:
The Invasion of Calenardhon by Balchoth and Orcs, and The Battle of Dale and Siege of Erebor

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