Fell and Fair: 3. 7-8 April 2510, Night

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3. 7-8 April 2510, Night

Cerin Amroth
Night of 7-8 April 2510


At ease within the vigilant borders of Lórien, I recline on Amroth's talan, gazing skywards... seeking solace in the glory of a moonless night.

In Imladris, mountains hem the heavens, but here, their lofty span stretches without bounds.

Elbereth's gems spill in careless profusion over the sooty velvet dome. Here glitters a figure from legend, there a smudge glows... while across the expanse sweeps an adamantine pathway, sprinkled with sapphire, ruby, and citrine, leading past the horizon to ends beyond our ken.

Whither my own path? I could not yet bear to follow Mother's sundering road, but will I someday?

Elrohir, arriving

"May I join you, brother?"

"Your company would be welcome, brother."

The night-breeze whispers among many leaves, caressing me as I climb the long ladder. At the top, I spread my bedroll on the open platform, beside Elladan.

As children, we often sought this talan for its commanding view, but tonight, we seek seclusion — respite from compassionate but intrusive eyes.

"Arwen?" he inquires.

"Speaking with Grandmother."

"Good. She has been too quiet since...." He trails off, reluctant to reveal his troubled thoughts yet.

"Unable to sleep?"

He grunts. I need not ask why; nightmares of noisome Orc-dens plague us both.


Finally, Elladan asks, "Do you regret not sailing with Mother?"

"I worry she will be lonely. But when I offered to accompany her, she became distraught...."

He sighs. "She told me that foremost we must be not sons, but warriors, opposed to the gathering Darkness."

A wood owl glides by an arm-span above, her silhouette a dusky contrast to the brilliant stars. Neither call nor wingflap mars the deadly silence of her pursuit.

"For now, brother, we become hunters, no less than that owl. If her prey cease to be abundant, she will seek territory elsewhere... and so shall we."

Elladan, on stargazing

"Remember when Grandfather first brought us here to sleep under the stars?"

"Aye!" Elrohir smiles. "We were thrilled to show off what Father had been teaching us! We tried to outdo each other: identifying constellations, reciting their legends, chattering on about telling time and seasons and the winding trails of the Wanderers.... And Grandfather listened so patiently!"

"Indeed! But then he spun fascinating tales of his own life under starlight in Doriath, before the onset of Ithil's glow and Anor's heat.

"By the end of that night, we revered the undivided heavens, even as the Elves who awakened at Cuiviénen."

Elrohir, on sunbathing

"I might have been content to live forever under starglow," Elladan murmurs.

"Not I! Much as I cherish the night, I could never forgo the blaze of day....

"After an icy bathe in a mountain brook, what could bring more bliss than Arien's languid heat kissing my bare skin from head to toe, loosening my limbs and quickening my heart?"

He glances sideways, eyebrow quirking. "Have you declared your romantic inclinations to the maiden in question?"

"Nay, brother! I am far too wise to provoke flaming Maiar, be they Balrog or no."

In truth, Elladan's chuckle also warms my heart.

Elladan, on falling stars

"Remember when Mother took us to the upper meadow to see stars pouring from the Silver Goblet? Flaming arrows streaked across the sky... some rivalling Eärendil's ship...."

"Yes! The brightest cast shadows that weaved about us, like crebain drunk on fermented holly berries in Eregion."

"When Father joined us, he started lecturing about seasonal star cascades...."

"And Mother hushed him, so we could sing under the stars together. Then she related the Silvan tradition that children begotten under Elbereth's starfalls are blessed by the Lady."

"Before leading him away...."

Elrohir grins. "Does our sister know she has the Star-queen's favour?"

Elrohir, on family

"Stars remind me of Grandmother's tale of jewels strewn along the strand at Alqualondë...."

"Will Mother meet her Telerin kin there, I wonder?"

"Eventually, if... when she recovers. Grandmother wrote Finarfin and Eärwen a letter, entrusting Mother to her grandparents' healing care.

"I hope she will feel at ease... family or not, they are strangers."

"Their only grandchild, with all their children gone? They will welcome her warmly, brother!

"Perhaps even now she watches the stars, thinking of us...."

Honouring her parting wish, we sing paeans to the Lady Star-kindler... till the foredawn glow steals the splendour of her gifts.

Celeborn, in Caras Galadhon

Intent on returning to my lady, I mount the stairs, surrounded by sad but sweet Elven song.

"They are on Cerin Amroth, praising Elbereth."

Relieved by the tidings, Arwen bids us good evening.

Galadriel smiles. "You delighted in teaching them the star-songs of our people when they were small."

"Yes! They were so eager to learn... I scolded Elrond for neglecting their education about the Sindar and Silvan."

We leave unsaid that such familiar teasing now seems a thing of the past: when we took leave from Imladris, Elrond's eyes were shadowed... as if they would never again know joy.

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

Larner - 22 Oct 09 - 9:45 AM

Ch. 3: 7-8 April 2510, Night

There was much to mourn, but also much to praise.  And they know the two sons of Elrond remain themselves in spite of their resolve to destroy as many of the orcs as they can.

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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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