Five Istari, shortly after their arrival in Ennor, traveling together as they adjust to limited powers and mortal forms. A B2MEM 2012 project.
I am flattered to have recieved a Tree and Flower award nomination for this tale, and only wish that I were keeping it updated in a timely manner. Evidently the manic burst of energy I had for it during the first three weeks of B2MeM could not last.
On the plus side, I've come up with more interesting chapter titles, some of which are possibly injokes with myself. A few of the titles were used when posting chapters as one-off stories in the B2MeM LJ community in March.
Herein be all works pertaining to the following Back to Middle Earth Month 2012 BINGO cards: Beasty, Deep Thoughts, Landscape, Snippets of Verse, Textures, Weather.
These pieces are best read as chapters in a chronological story, but I think each section can stand on its own if need be.
12 June, updates:
– Essentially rewrote Ch 16. Revisiting it is recommend (because it no longer sucks and it talks about Cardolan briefly, which is only fair since Arthedain and Rhudaur were both visited), but not necessary for overall comprehension.
– Tweaked Ch 18 to flow better.
– BRAND NEW CHAPTER. 19. More to come!
Table of Contents
A ship bears five somewhat cranky Maiar, recently saddled with inconvenient human bodies, toward the Havens. Mildly humorous situations ensue.
Thurs 1 Mar. BINGO # I18. Prompts: “Hawk” (Beasts), “Hill” (Landscape), “Splintery” (Texture).
Istari discover sleet, and Olórin has a profound thought.
Sat 3 Mar. BINGO # N43. Prompts: “Crane” (Beasts), “Cove” (Landscape), “Sleet” (Weather).
Peculiar weather ensues over abandoned Annúminas. The Istari need to clean all the things. Gandalf and Saruman discuss time and memory.
Fri 2 Mar. BINGO # 072. Prompts: “We” (Deep Thoughts), “In what furnace was thy brain?” -Blake, ‘Tyger, Tyger!’ (Snippets of Verse), “Thundersnow” (Weather).
Aiwendil is a wee bit down in the dumps. Alatar attempts to help.
Sun 4 Mar. BINGO # I22. Prompt: “Hurricane” (Weather).
The wizards visit the king of Arthedain. Evidently, not everyone loves a good sauna. Discussion of names ensues.
Mon 5 Mar. BINGO # O68. Prompts: “Fuzzy” (Textures), “Humid” (Weather).
Curumo and Pallando discuss palantíri. Olórin likes his hat.
Tues 6 Mar. BINGO # O67. Prompts: “Canyon” (Landscape), “…day brought back my night.” – Milton, ‘On His Deceased Wife’ (Snippets of Verse).
A sense of vague dread greets the Istari in the north.
Weds 7 Mar. BINGO # B10. Prompts: “Mountain Gap” (Landscape), “…the former door where the dead feet walked in.” – Hardy, ‘The Self-Unseeing’ (Snippets of Verse), “Smooth” (Textures), “Cloudy” (Weather).
Who doesn't love discussing theology and Númenor around a campfire? Curumo and Olórin do not see eye to eye.
There is also a snippet of Emerson verse in here ('Terminus'). Because I could.
Thurs 8 Mar. BINGO # N41. Prompts: “God” (Deep Thoughts), “…the steady slowing down of the heart.” – Charlotte Mew, ‘Rooms’ (Snippets of Verse).
The Istari encounter a strange creature in the shadow of the mountain.
Fri 9 Mar. BINGO #B7. Prompts: “Watcher in the Water” (Beasts), “Love” (Deep Thoughts), “Cliffs” (Landscape).
Olórin speaks with a rural fellow in northeastern Rhudaur.
Mon 12 Mar. BINGO #N31. Prompt: “…old year roaring and blowing…” – Tennyson, ‘I Stood on a Tower ’ (Snippets of Verse).
How many Istari does it take to repair a rowboat? This and more profound issues press upon Pallando.
Sun 11 Mar. BINGO #N33. Prompts: “Beyond” (Deep Thoughts), “Coarse” (Textures).
Obviously, when it's too hot to move, the thing to do is discuss metaphysics.
Wed 14 Mar. BINGO #B15. Prompts: “Toad” (Beasts), “Immortality” (Deep Thoughts), “Glacier” (Landscape), “I am the swift uplifting rush..” - attrib. M.E. Frye (Snippets of Verse), “Rough” (Textures), “Hot” (Weather).
Aiwendil ponders one of Yavanna’s smaller creatures.
Tue 13 Mar. BINGO #I21. Prompt: “Snail” (Beasts).
Aiwendil is not amused by animal abusers.
Thurs 15 Mar. BINGO #G50. Prompts: “Horse” (Beasts), “If it could weep, it would arise and go.” – E. B. Browning, ‘Grief’ (Snippets of Verse).
Pallando and Aiwendil observe a clever artefact in Amon Sûl. So, it would seem, does Curumo.
Fri 16 Mar. BINGO #G51. Prompts: “Painted” (Textures), “Snow” (Weather).
The wizards, along Cardolan's northern border, ponder walls, libation, and rhyming Maiar.
This chapter new and improved as of 11 June 2012, huzzah.
Sat 17 Mar. BINGO #B1. Prompt: “Bumpy” (Textures).
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Gandalf learns something interesting about Rhovanion in the marketplace. Saruman remains unimpressed with Gandalf’s hat. Alatar and Pallando bethink them of farther lands.
A pivotal, though not dramatic, moment in this tale.
Sun 18 Mar. BINGO #N38. Prompt: “Papery” (Textures).
The Istari are nearly foiled by a small animal.
Tues 20 Mar. BINGO #B4. Prompt: “Cat” (Beasts).
A windy night around the campfire. Aiwendil holds forth about death, Olórin eats burnt food, and everyone else has thoughts about trolls.
B2MeM prompt (better late than never): #I27: “Windy” (Weather).
This region is not actually called the Trollshaws at this point in history...whatever, it sounds cool.
First new installment in forever.
Categories: Challenge Stories
Characters: Other: Alatar/Morinehtar, Other: Gandalf/Mithrandir/Ólorin, Other: Pallando/Rómestįmo, Other: Radagast the Brown/Aiwendil, Other: Saruman/Cśrunir/Sharkey
Genres: Character study, Gapfiller, General
Places: Annśminas, Bree, Rivendell/Imladris, Amon Sūl/Weathertop, Arthedain, Eriador, Fornost, Rhudaur
Times: 1-First Age: early
Chapters: 19    |    Word count: 15756    |    Read Count: 10150
Completed: No    |    Updated: 06/12/12    |    Published: 03/03/12