54. The Powers That Be
The breeze slowed and touched her face gently as she slept. She frowned and shifted restlessly in the chair. A shimmer of gold and silver flashed across her mind.
"Little wanderer of dreams, why do you tear yourself apart so? Have I not said I would walk with you?"
"I know not who you are. Why should I trust a nameless voice in my dreams? How can I even trust my dreams? Once I thought them private and a place to safely let my imagination run free, then I found that I shared them with one who was above my reach. And now I find they have become reality. I love him but he is a great lord and the son of those blessed by the Valar. I am nothing."
There was a long moment of silence then the voice came again with a long reluctant sigh. "I am Ilmare, the handmaid of the Lady Varda. I am here in answer to your plea."
She sat in shocked silence for a long time. "Why does the Lady Varda honor one such as I?" she whispered fearfully.
"Little Wanderer, in your dreams you sought one worthy of your love and support. Your loneliness as well of that of Elrond touched the hearts of my Lord and Lady. He is beloved by them and they seek to reward him for his faithful and unquestioning obedience to the Valar's desires. Far too long have they watched and sorrowed for his pain. They searched your heart and finding no darkness there believed you both deserved the joy of each other."
"The Lord Manwe and the Lady Varda would favor a joining between us? But what of the other Valar?" a disbelieving Amarie choked out. "And what of the Lady Celebrian? Is she healed? How can she be happy to be sundered from her lord and her family?"
" It is the decision of the Valar."
There came a long pause before the maia continued. "After the death of the high king Gil-Galad left no direct heir, Elrond and Celebrian made a political marriage which joined the two great houses that could claim the throne. This prevented a civil war and provided stability for those elven kingdoms that remained in middle earth. Both the Lady Galadriel and Lord Celeborn were aware of this and acknowledged it as a necessity at the time. They did indeed hope that affection would grow between Elrond and Celebrian. Sadly it did not and no such bond formed between them. In spite of that, when Celebrian was injured so badly by the yrch, Elrond did everything he could within his power to heal her. When he could not heal her fea she departed to seek renewal and healing in the undying lands. While there was no love between them, Elrond and Celebrian both love and cherish their hin. She knew he would remain in middle earth for a time long beyond her departure. She admired his integrity and wisdom and knew he would care for their hin while she could not. She requested her freedom so that he would be free to seek the one who would complete him and add joy to his fea while he remained behind. Reluctantly Elrond granted it knowing her determination on the matter and that her only salvation was to travel unhindered to the undying lands."
" Know that she has indeed healed, and while there in the undying lands she has found the one that completes her. She is happy and her only sadness remains on the absence of her hin."
"Little wanderer, be at peace and know that you may join with Elrond with the blessings of the Valar and take much joy in your love." There was a soft caress on her cheek and then a sigh of a breeze and once more the soft rumble of the nearby falls filled the nights silence. She relaxed deeper into slumber.
In his sitting room the head of the elf lord rested on his desk where he had fallen asleep. Elrond suddenly quivered into awareness as he felt the shimmer of silver and gold ripple across his mind. He heard the soft voice communicating with Amarie and sat there in shocked silence as he realized the import of who it was that was speaking. His eyes were drawn to the pulsing glow of Vilya on his hand and he shuddered as he felt the power of the Valar swirl about the buildings of the homely house.
Shaken he sat in silence while the maia Ilmare finished speaking with Amarie and felt her attention turn to him.
"Mae govannen, Lord Elrond," came the musical voice of the maiar.
"Mae govannen, blessed one, you honor me with your presence."
There was another shimmer of silver and gold and sweet laughter rippled through his mind. "Your plea was heartfelt, Star Child, and the Lord Manwe and the Lady Varda have found you worthy of their favor. They are pleased to grant your request."
He bowed his head, and then lifted it with shining eyes. "I am most humbly grateful for it, blessed one." He hesitated.
"Yet, you have a question. I believe I know what remains in your heart. Stay but a moment, and you will have your answer." He felt a sudden emptiness only to feel the gentle touch return. A familiar voice touched his mind, one that he had not heard since that day long ago in the Gray Havens.
"Elrond, mell nin, the blessed lady Ilmare tells me you have found the one which is your other half. Yet you still hesitate worrying about me. Let not your heart be troubled for there is no need. Melder nin, go to her with my blessing. I am well and I too have been blessed to find the one who completes me. Tell our children that I love them and eagerly wait for the day when I will see them again. Mell nin, be happy and be at peace. Please tell my parents that I love them and that all is well here. I await their coming as well."
"Celebrian, mell nin I am happy for you. May you wait with joy until they may see you again."
"Namerie, mell nin, namerie."
"Namarie and be at peace."
There was a soft sighing and the shimmer of gold and silver once more.
"Blessed one, I thank you for that. I always felt that I failed her. Now we can rejoice in her well being and happiness and I am free at last to seek my own joy."
A happy shimmer touched him one last time and the sweet laughter echoed across his mind. He smiled and rose from the chair. He turned upon hearing a soft step at his balcony door and opened his arms to a radiant Amarie.
Elrond swept her up in his arms and held her close. "Lirimaer nin, that should answer all your questions and put to rest all of your fears."
"Meleth nin, I am speechless."
He smiled and and kissed her hungerly.
Manwe- The noblest of the Ainur and greatest of the Aratar. He is the lord of the Valar.
Varda- one of the Valar, Wife to Manwe, She is most dear to the elves for her creation of the stars and the one most elves from middle earth ask for help.
maia- Ainur (Holy One) of lesser power to the Valar, their servant
mell nin – my dear
lirimaer –lovely one
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