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1. The Coming of Fire

Day one prompt: We are learning to make a fire.

Summary: Oh brave new world, that needs such Fire in it...

Upon the hill over the old haven, a grey figure sits and stares at the sea. Earth, seas, sky, all awash in the color of sunset. Strange how the things of the world glow, how sharp they are and weighty, overwhelming – and yet mute. Their new radiance is deceptive – hides the nature of things, and their solidity is a resistance. Things do not open to will so readily as once they did, do not surrender their being – 'tis a world bright with modesty and freighted with secrets.

And yet for all that, it is less shy of him than of the Children, and he lays a palm upon the earth, lets the green, green grass slide through knobby, gnarled fingers, and between skin – real skin – and the rough-grained sand, there is a charge, a pulse that once he could have grasped in a moment. Now he simply feels it, in the speeding of his heart that settles then into time with that beat. Nay, he is not wholly veiled in this flesh. It responds to what is – and what is, is not wholly immune to his will, either.

He shuts his eyes a moment, then opens them to mere slits, staring at the grass before him a long moment, ere he reaches out a hand to touch just the tip of one blade, and he Speaks the Word.

Flame bursts into being, like a candle on a strange green wick.

Olórin feels a smile pass over bearded lips – unfamiliar feeling that suffuses the welcome sense of harmony that he has of late missed so. He looks to the sky, with the Kindler's stars shining in it, and is content. 'Tis indeed a strange new world that makes him stranger to himself, and the little flame dancing on its stalk is but a pale expression of the originary Flame, but no matter. He is here, in all obedience, and he is learning to make fire...

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: Dwimordene

Status: General

Completion: Ongoing Serial

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/14/09

Original Post: 03/07/09

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Eirene - 05 Apr 09 - 2:40 AM

Ch. 1: The Coming of Fire

Oh, this drabble was beautiful, and very inspiring! Love the exploration of what Gandalf is, and how the "old man" is just a shape he takes, not his actual form. Your description of the world, and the difference between seeing it as a Maia and as a child of Arda, is also marvelous. :D

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Dwimordene - 05 Apr 09 - 8:57 PM

Ch. 1: The Coming of Fire

Dear Eirene,

Sometimes I think the embodiment angle is the most interesting one to take with the wizards, particularly when they're newly embodied and probably still figuring themselves out. 

I'm glad you enjoyed the story! Thanks very much for your kind words!


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MlleGigi - 27 May 12 - 6:02 PM

Ch. 1: The Coming of Fire

It's probably no mere coincidence that Gandalf has such skill with fire, considering that he wears Narya...the Elven-ring with the red stone called the Ring of Fire.  Making and controlling fire does not seem like a gift he would have possessed as a Maia, since Olorin was a servant of Nienna rather than Aule and most of the Maia concerned with fire (except for Arien) were balrogs.

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