Fell and Fair: 33. Three Years Later

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33. Three Years Later

The Sundering Seas
Three Years Later

Círdan, at the helm

Alone at the tiller as is my wont, I steer the last Elven ship westwards.

At Ulmo's behest, through the Ages I hallowed countless ships to steer the Straight Road.

But ne'er before have I sought this route.

One quiet command, and my trusty seamen reef the sails; our ship rises through the crystalline airs.

I never married — what need had I, with sea-lore and ship-craft to sustain me? My mariners were family enough.

The scions of Eärendil watch the seas of Ennor recede; they have kinfolk to greet in the West.

But I know not what awaits me there.


"There will be a place for you, Shipwright."

Lost in thought, I jump when Glorfindel appears at my elbow. I glower at the Noldo's presumption.

And his uncanny perception.

Unrepentant, he laughs, and launches into an Eressëan sea-shanty he taught me long ago. I grumble at the Quenya... but gradually feel my cares ebb.

Finally, I join my bass to his flowing tenor for the chorus:

O, fair winds or foul, may your vessel never stray
till you see fair Mindon's guiding beam from afar.
May Ossë conduct you, and Uinen see you home
to the lamplit quays of Avallónë!

Celeborn, later that night

Pacing around the deck, again peering westwards....

The stars look familiar — reassuring — though more brilliant since we traversed the Straight Way. Yet I cannot stand still to admire them.


I freeze. Galadriel's brush against my mind seems weak, tenuous... yet welcome as rain after searing drought.

I come, beloved!

Her relief, echoing my own, floods our link.

I need you, husband.

I am shocked at her frailty. Her emotions are raw; she yearns to see me, yet fears her self-control will fail.

Stay strong for me, Galadriel, just a while longer. I shall wait for you aboard, in private.

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.

Story Information

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

Aiwendiel - 26 Oct 09 - 2:39 PM

Ch. 33: Three Years Later

Just found this-- awesomely beautiful. Now I'm going to be pondering sea shanty tunes that will go with the lyrics... "...to the lamplit quays of Avallone" all night! Loved your characterizations of both Cirdan and Glorfindel. Thanks!

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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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