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1. Coda

Amid wreckage and debris, a book is tossed by furious waters, lapped by hungry waves. Its leather bindings are burst; the gold of its embossed front tarnished, flaking off. The letters and musical notes of its flowing script, scarlet and black, slowly leach into the roiling sea.

Like blood and ashes.

The book is older than Andor, the land of Gift, now sunk below the waters by folly, pride and wickedness.

The title page, ripped loose, floating at a distance, says: "Noldolantë".

Further down, a dedication: "To Elros Eärendilion. May this gift be guide, reminder and warning. Kanafinwë Makalaurë Fëanárion."


- Among the things the Faithful put aboard their ships in preparation for their departure were "...scrolls of lore written in scarlet and black." (Silm, Akallabêth)
- Thanks to Dawn Felagund and Tárion Anarórë for help with Maglor's Quenya names.

12.10.06 More or less a companion piece to "The Parting Gift". Because Denise asked about Maglor's parting gift for Elros.

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: Imhiriel

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: Akallabêth/Last Alliance

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 01/06/09

Original Post: 05/17/07

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Maeve Riannon - 19 May 07 - 1:52 PM

Ch. 1: Coda

I liked this very much. The ending was like a swift punch, which is the ideal of a drabble.

History repeats itself, indeed, since Man is the only animal who stumbles twice with the same rock. (so they say around here). Or Elves, for the matter...




Elena Tiriel - 07 Jan 09 - 5:03 AM

Ch. 1: Coda


This drabble is exquisite!

I can literally see the images in  my mind's eye.... And they break my heart.

Beautifully wrought!

- Barbara


Earmire - 10 Jan 09 - 12:28 AM

Ch. 1: Coda

Fantastic!I've often wondered what part of the Feanorians went into Numenor - because, as you point out, there's such a strong parallel - and this is telling and pointed. 


Elena Tiriel - 10 Apr 11 - 8:02 AM

Ch. 1: Coda


"Coda" is such an extraordinary drabble....

"Scrolls of lore written in scarlet and black" is one of my favorite phrases of Tolkien's, and you wrought it into an image of exquisite vividness -- and heart-rending poignance.

I sought it out to re-read, to remind me that words of such poetic impact can still exist... even when my country seems so steeped in hubris and venality that I, too, feel adrift, floating in the wreckage of a once-great civilization corrupted by profound evil.

Thank you for this shining star in a long, dark night.

- Barbara

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