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2. Early 2510 Third Age

The Grey Havens, Months before the Battle
Early 2510 Third Age


Mithlond, at last. The white ship waits at the quay, gleaming in the perverse sunshine.

I bid the solemn guards withdraw, affording the family seclusion for their final farewells — but linger discreetly.

Elrond has borne so many losses before: his mother's flight from Sirion; his father, sailing the skies; his brother's surrender to mortality; his foster father, mighty singer, suffering Silmaril-curst madness; his mentor-king's death by Sauron's fell flame.

Now, Celebrían, too, departs. The greatest Healer in Middle-earth cannot mend his wife's spirit. Can the grief-stricken husband mend his own heart?

My dear friend, how can I help you endure?

Celebrían, with her children

"My heart breaks to leave you all, but I cannot abide here." A plea for understanding... and reunion. "Please promise that when you make your choice, you will follow — I must know I will see you again!"

Arwen is too overcome to speak, but Elladan and Elrohir pledge to sail in due time.

I kiss each farewell, but tarry, wishing to leave some gift to recall me by. Mind numbed by joylessness, I cast about for insight... until I recollect my father's words as I left Lórien to dwell with my sober Noldorin loremaster:

"Remember to sing under the stars!"


My brother and I stand steadfastly, flanking our sister to shelter her from the bitter sea breeze, while Father escorts our frail mother aboard. As they disappear below deck, we huddle together, taking comfort in our embrace.

Silently, we stare at the hatchway — uneasy that Father, too, might choose to remain aboard and sail with Mother — until he emerges alone, his face drawn and ashen. Arwen's shoulders relax slightly.

Above her head, Elrohir's eyes meet mine, and we share a fierce vow: to stand sentinel henceforth between all those we love and the foul touch of the Dark.

Never again!


I descend the rolling gangway, bleakly conscious of having forsaken my beloved aboard — despite my longing to depart Middle-earth beside her. Our devoted children sombrely await dockside; their presence strengthens my resolve.

Suddenly, a clear vision strikes me: my sons charging over surging grasslands amid the throes of battle-fury, facing endless hosts of Shadow-stained foes, Man and Orc alike. I stagger at the intensity of the image and its grievous portent.

Círdan reaches to steady me. I silently implore his ancient visage for reassurance that this foreboding is false, but his keen eyes render no solace. He nods sad affirmation.


He sees.

I offer my hand to Gil-galad's herald — bereft anew, and now also burdened by dread for his sons' downfall.

Much will yet arise from this House of Lore: Elrond, laying the foundations for a new Age; Arwen, blessing it with hope and new life; Elladan and Elrohir, defending all Free Peoples from the raging currents of the Dark.

Elrond is destined to lose more family, but not his sons; they will at last take ship with me. His daughter, Lúthien's echo, will not.

I call upon Ulmo: grant them strength to weather the storm as this Age ebbs.

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: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/21/09

Original Post: 04/18/05

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Fell and Fair

Gwynnyd - 20 Nov 05 - 9:46 PM

Ch. 2: Early 2510 Third Age

Interesting set of drabbles. I had not read them before and I like them very much.

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Larner - 22 Oct 09 - 9:34 AM

Ch. 2: Early 2510 Third Age

Cirdan also knows such foresight, then?  Interesting!

And this has to have been among the hardest of Elrond's many losses--knowing it will be so many centuries before he will be reunited with the woman he loves.

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Neaththetrees - 25 Oct 09 - 4:49 AM

Ch. 2: Early 2510 Third Age

I read this pasage with tears running down my face. At Celebrian's words "Remember to sing under the stars!" I was lost. They were too close to my great-grandfather's words of advice for life : enjoy rolling your cigarrette.

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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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