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Unwilling


Unwilling the others named my people; we called ourselves Faithful.

Tauron's summons we refused, to abide in the welcoming woods of Ennor. Long ages we wandered freely through endless expanses of wildlands, honouring their bounty, singing to our stars in peace.

But Men felled our forests, disfiguring the earth with monstrous dwellings, stone pathways, and raucous noise. They defiled the water, befouled the air, and stole our beloved stars from the night.

My people have faded. I follow.

~~~

Men rushing by the solitary, gnarled yew overlooked the single dewdrop that clung, trembling, to the tip of a twig.

It fell.

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: 4th Age

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 01/15/08

Original Post: 01/14/08

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Adaneth - 15 Jan 08 - 8:16 AM

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This is so poignant, Elena.  I have reached the age where I can compare the landscape around me unfavorably with what it was when I was younger: browner sky around the horizon, more asphalt and concrete.  And I'm not even an adult yet, by Elvish reckoning.

There are still some bastions of the Wild, and even some slight gains, however.  Once a year I have the privilege of taking a passle of 18-year-olds to a place where you can still drink the water right out of the lakes, and there are more stars in the sky than most of them have ever seen before.  Less than a century ago most of it was clearcut, but to the untrained eye it looks like pristine forest.

But these places are islands, and the tide is rising.  Stop to look at the trees, people.

Cheers--

Adaneth

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Elena Tiriel - 22 Jan 08 - 12:24 AM

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This is so poignant, Elena. I have reached the age where I can compare the landscape around me unfavorably with what it was when I was younger.... And I'm not even an adult yet, by Elvish reckoning.

Thank you, Adaneth! I, too, feel very callow by Elvish standards, but see how the changes have degraded our land. The soil in this valley is some of the richest and most productive in the world, yet it is now mostly covered in concrete.

There are still some bastions of the Wild, and even some slight gains, however.

That is so heartening! When I walk through an old-growth redwood forest, the peace, awe, and reverence in my heart is far greater than when I visited the Cathedral at Chartres.

Thank you for your kind words and your encouragement, Adaneth!

- Barbara

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Marta - 03 Feb 08 - 12:48 AM

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E.T., there's a truly gripping poignancy of that last line, and the whole paragraph. This drabble really breathes life into the ents, makes them emotionally comprehensible to us humans without sacrificing that "other" quality. Well done!

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Elena Tiriel - 07 Feb 08 - 7:22 AM

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Hi Marta!

E.T., there's a truly gripping poignancy of that last line, and the whole paragraph. This drabble really breathes life into the ents, makes them emotionally comprehensible to us humans without sacrificing that "other" quality. Well done!

Thank you so much for your kind words!

You know, I was actually thinking that the tree was just that, a tree... possibly a very ancient one. I  selected yew as the species because of its special properties (long-lived, good for making bows) and it's embedded in British mythology....

But I'm really pleased and excited by your suggestion that the tree is actually an Ent - what a great idea! I hereby deem it to be a Yew-ish Ent. (And I expanded my author's notes for the drabble, and gave you credit.)

Thank you for your great comments, Marta!

- Barbara

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Larner - 21 Sep 08 - 12:14 AM

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And so the spirit of an Elf remains with the yew tree?  How sad, and yet how proper to the Elf's fading.

Yes, proper imagery here!

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Elena Tiriel - 23 Sep 08 - 11:40 PM

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Hi Larner!

And so the spirit of an Elf remains with the yew tree?  How sad, and yet how proper to the Elf's fading.

Yes indeed! And the yew-Ent is mourning the fading of the Elf after having lived so many millennia.

I must admit, I get the sniffles whenever I read this -- even though I already know what it says!

Yes, proper imagery here!

Thank you so much, Larner, for your very kind words!

- Barbara


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Hello,

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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