First Impressions

Goldfinch and Nightingale

1. Goldfinch and Nightingale

Sisters they were, yet one was nightingale dark, the other bright as a goldfinch in the summer sun. Shivering, the younger turned her face from the pale stone walls that soared into silver-mirrored sky.

“Look, there lies the White City,” their mother smiled.

“It is beautiful,” the dark one whispered. “Finduilas, look how it glitters like a jewel between earth and sky!”

“I see only stone where I would look upon the sea.” And tears like dew glimmered on golden lashes.

“Hush now, little one,” said her mother with a kiss. “You shall have the sea again by and by.”

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Author’s note:

It is said in The Peoples of Middle Earth that Finduilas of Dol Amroth had one elder sister, Ivriniel. The original inspiration - of two sisters, one dark and one fair were Rhyanidd and Ness in Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Lantern Bearers.

With thanks to Arquen whose fanged creature I picked up from the Prospective Challenges forum!

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.


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Author: nrink

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Rating: General

Last Updated: 08/15/04

Original Post: 07/16/04

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