In the Cards: 9. First Freedom

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9. First Freedom

Before Sunbirth, named Melian
her daunting daughter "Lúthien,"
and tongue she bound for better days:
Maternal power sleeping lay.

But with the seasoning of trees
Her mother's power, in waking dreams,
In Lúthien, lying prisoner, stirs
and to her urgent labor spurs.

For although queenly set, enthroned
betwixt black pillars and whitestone,
Melian dreams, thoroughfares,
catches cries – Beren's despair –
dreams them into daughter's mind,
bridled by paternal bind.

Thus when wine, water and wheel come,
Lúthien blesses every one:
"From Melian", who long ago
suffered lovèd lover's throes –
teacher of this heart-lived life,
that sendeth forth to toil and strife…


Notes:

1.Day 3: Card: The High Priestess

2. This drabble is based mostly on the Lay of Leithian as presented in "The Lays of Beleriand," rather than the "Silmarillion."

3. "Before Sunbirth, named Melian
her daunting daughter "Lúthien,"
and tongue she bound for better days:
Maternal power sleeping lay."

Dwim shamelessly references her own drabble: Innocence

4. "catches cries - Beren's despair -
dreams them in her daughter's mind"

From the Lay of Leithian:
"... And one night
just ere the changing of the light
a dream there came, from the Gods, maybe,
or Melian's magic. She dreamed that she
heard Beren's voice o'er hill and fell
'Tinuviel' call, 'Tinuviel.'"


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: Complete

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: Drama

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 06/08/10

Original Post: 12/30/09

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