Yule 2006 Challenge Gwynnyd's stories: 6. Day Five - Fëanor's Love! (Finwë, Miriel, Fëanor)

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6. Day Five - Fëanor's Love! (Finwë, Miriel, Fëanor)

Love at First Sight

In the dim, shuttered room, Miriel lay grey and exhausted, with a squirming and still damp baby mewling fitfully face down on her stomach. Finwë, alternately stroking the baby's back and his wife's hand, felt his son attempt to raise his head.

"Such a strong, fine son you've borne me, my love."

Miriel half opened her eyes. "I am so tired. Take him away for a few minutes."

A midwife scooped up the baby, rubbed him gently with a warmed towel, and handed him to Finwë. "Time to get acquainted with your father."

The baby ignored the endearments Finwë crooned to his son, scowling at his father, almost as if he knew how foolish they sounded. He brought his fist to his mouth and looked startled as he sucked hard on his fingers. Finwë, smiling at this evidence of hunger and turning to bring the boy back to his mother, found his way blocked by the midwife.

"Miriel needs food more than he does. Keep him for a few minutes more."

Finwë saw them coaxing Miriel to take a few sips of broth, but she turned her head away and closed her eyes. As the boy's hand slipped out of his mouth and he began to wail, Miriel made a warding gesture. Finwë' gave his son a squeeze meant to be reassuring and turned his body away from his wife. He bounced the baby gently, but the boy cried louder.

"Shhh, shhh. I will show you the world."

Finwë pushed open the door and took his son outside. It was the time of the Mingling of the Lights and the sky glowed both golden and silver. The baby drew in a deep breath and went silent. He stared up at the radiance and opened his mouth in a gummy grin.

(300 words)

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: Gwynnyd

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 01/07/07

Original Post: 01/07/07

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Alassante - 24 Jun 08 - 4:20 PM

Ch. 6: Day Five - Fëanor's Love! (Finwë, Miriel, Fëanor)

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This is a beautiful drabble that Gwynnyd has written about both the love that Finwe felt at first sight for Feanor and the love Feanor felt for the light. The love between a parent and a newborn is usually at instantly and unconditional. To create a life so strong and influential as Feanor was quite an accomplishment for Finwe and Miriel. It is so sad to read about Miriel's feelings afterwards knowing her history. It makes me wonder if she knew his future deeds and could not live with herself so Eru allowed her the grace of fading away peacefully rather than dealing with the obsessive desire Feanor had for capturing and harnessing light. It also makes me wonder if Finwe would have felt the same of his son had he known what would become of him. Very invocative piece of writing that inspires me to think about the relationship between what Feanor did and if it would have been different if Miriel had remained part of his life. I always enjoy Gywynnd's writing. Her style is engaging, professional, elegant, and Tolkien'ish flowing over you and subtly pulling you into the moment so you can peek inside the heads of the characters. I did not realize she wrote many Silmarillion stories so now that I know I will have to check out more! Since she has betaed my work I'm sure she's probably laughing at all of my point of view changes, bad grammar, and bad spelling in this review.

Yule 2006 Challenge Gwynnyd's stories

Larner - 24 Sep 08 - 11:54 PM

Ch. 6: Day Five - Fëanor's Love! (Finwë, Miriel, Fëanor)

Ah--but newborn, and already enchanted with Light!  Nice!

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