Fell and Fair: 6. 8-9 April, Midnight

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6. 8-9 April, Midnight

Midnight of 8-9 April

Arwen, with the lembas-maidens

Midnight. We break the silence of these sacred fields with a hymn in praise of Yavanna for the bounty she bestows.

I address the nodding wheatstalks, heavy with ripened kernels, thankful for their plentiful offering.

No sullying steel do we need to reap the grains; the plants willingly gift them to our grateful hands. As we fill the soft straw-baskets dangling in front of us, they seem to swell our bellies, celebrating the fruitfulness of the consecrated rows.

After the harvest, I will oversee the time-honored preparation of lembas cakes, for the Lady to bless and present to our warriors.

Galadriel, a few hours later

I spread my arms wide, palms facing the ground. Nenya sparkles in the lamplight as I appeal in reverence to the Powers.

Slender wisps of mist emerge from the earth, swaying gracefully — twining and then sundering anew, their fluid dance spellbinding.

The silvery tendrils spiral together, joining into a rolling fog that burgeons skywards. As the thickening cloud nears the talan where we stand, its top continues to ripple sinuously, rhythmically....

Like waves breaking upon the shore, relentlessly eroding the harbour defences, no matter how solidly wrought in stone.

A sudden wave of sea-longing surges through my fëa. I falter.

Celeborn, with Galadriel

The billowing cloud-roof reaches the low talan, hiding the returning lembas-maidens beneath and muffling their song. The mellyrn whisper of a moonlit mantle shrouding the forest floor.

Galadriel gasps, turning pale.

I wrap her in my arms from behind; my fëa strengthens hers as it last did when her breasts were milk-swollen.

"Enough! Your mist extends throughout Lórien, and will shield the tallest mounted rider."

She murmurs a Quenya incantation to maintain her handiwork, then turns, exhausted, into my embrace.

As the power from my fëa ebbs, my hröa waxes.

"Come, my love. I would see you sleep well tonight."

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: 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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Larner - 22 Oct 09 - 9:55 AM

Ch. 6: 8-9 April, Midnight

Am glad she has her husband to strengthen her this night.

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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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