Elena Tiriel's 2010 Birthday Gifts!: 5. Triptych — Adaneth

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5. Triptych — Adaneth

by Adaneth


Gaernath drooped, bending to pluck his goose-feathered shaft from the rusty bracken.  "No venison tonight."

"Let me see," Dírmaen said, holding out his hand.

Blood stained the pale wood four fingers from the head; the broad barbed point was clotted thickly with gore.

He handed it back.  "A fair shot, within the four quarters.  If the blood were clear and bright, or there was some whiff of bowel, the chase might be long."  There on the stony crest the noble hart fled, head of sixteen at full still high.  "He may run, but he will not run long.  After him!"


"The tide has trapped the boys on a rock," Rian gasped, pressing hand to side, "and still rises!"

Down the track they ran; across the machair and, panting, up the dunes.  There—on one of the islets at the foot of the tower hill: Hanadan and Guaire waved their arms and cried out, shrill as seabirds.

Saelon stared, then blew in exasperated relief.  "They will not drown.  See the green beneath their feet?  That is samphire, which will not grow where washed by wave.  Young fools!  If they hunger, let them eat it, and may the fright teach them caution!"


Leaning into the brightest arc of lamplight, Thyrð turned the gem to and fro with louring dissatisfaction.

"What is the matter?"  Veylin set aside his sapphire and came to gaze on his nephew's work.  Great skill was required to shape moonstone to best advantage.  "Have you lost the glow?"

"Not lost.  Yet," he allowed, "it is strangely dimmed.  Should I buff it smoother still?"

Veylin shook his head.  "It is overpolished already.  The height of the dome gives the radiance."

"So I have spoilt it."

"Not irretrievably.  Here—cut it into four cabochons; they will complement the star sapphire beautifully."

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: Other

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/04/10

Original Post: 03/15/10

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2010 HASA Birthday Stories - 11 stories - Owner: 2010 HASA Birthday Cards
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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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