An archive for my 2009 National Quality Writing Month (NaQuaWriMo) pieces. This year I'm exploring Elves, Men and Peredhil from the First Age through the Fourth.
National Quality Writing Month is an alternative to NaNoWriMo. Write at least 100 words of quality, well crafted prose or poetry each day of the month of November.
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A/N: Inspired by the following text from THE SILMARILLION: Now when Eärendil was long time gone Elwing became lonely and afraid; and wandering by the margin of the sea she came near to Alqualondë, where lay the Telerin fleets. There the Teleri befriended her, and they listened to her tales of Doriath and Gondolin and the griefs of Beleriand, and they were filled with pity and wonder; and there Eärendil returning found her, at the Haven of the Swans (Chapter 25 "The Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath")
A/N: Inspired by this quote from THE SILMARILLION: Thus led by Tuor son of Huor the remnant of Gondolin passed over the mountains, and came down into the Vale of Sirion; and fleeing southward by weary and dangerous marches they came at length to Nan-tathren, the Land of Willows, for the power of Ulmo yet ran in the great river, and it was about them. There they rested a while, and were healed of their hurts and weariness; but their sorrow could not be healed. And they made a feast in memory of Gondolin and of the Elves that had perished there, the maidens, and the wives, and the warriors of the King; and for Glorfindel the beloved many were the songs they sang, under the willows of Nan-tathren in the waning of the year. There Tuor made a song for Eärendil his son, concerning the coming of Ulmo the Lord of Waters to the shores of Nevrast aforetime; and the sea-longing woke in his heart, and in his son's also. Therefore Idril and Tuor departed from Nan-tathren, and went southwards down the river to the sea; and they dwelt there by the mouths of Sirion, and joined their people to the company of Elwing Dior's daughter, that had fled thither but a little while before. (Chapter 23, Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin)
A/N: Inspired by: Yet by Sirion and the sea there grew up an Elven-folk, the gleanings of Doriath and Gondolin; and from Balar the mariners of Círdan came among them, and they took to the waves and the building of ships, dwelling ever nigh to the coasts of Arvernien, under the shadow of Ulmo's hand. (Chapter 23 Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin)
A/N:Bright Eärendil was then lord of the people that dwelt nigh to Sirion's mouths; and he took to wife Elwing the fair... (Chapter 24, Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath). The muse says that Eärendil and Elwing are 13 or 14 years old in this drabble.
A/N: Inspired by: and he took to wife Elwing the fair, and she bore to him Elrond and Elros, who are called the Half-elven. (Chapter 24, Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath)
A/N: Inspired by: ...and they were three mariners who had sailed all the seas besides him: Falathar, Erellont, and Aerandir (Chapter 24, Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath)
A/N: Inspired by: And Eärendil went into Valinor and to the halls of Valimar, and never again set foot upon the lands of Men. Then the Valar took counsel together, and they summoned Ulmo from the deeps of the sea; and Eärendil stood before their faces, and delivered the errand of the Two Kindreds. Pardon he asked for the Noldor and pity for their great sorrows, and mercy upon Men and Elves and succour in their need. And his prayer was granted. (Chapter 24, Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath)
A/N: Inspired by: In those days Tuor felt old age creep upon him, and ever a longing for the deeps of the Sea grew stronger in his heart. Therefore he built a great ship, and he named it Eärrámë, which is Sea-Wing; and with Idril Celebrindal he set sail into the sunset and the West, and came no more into any tale or song. But in after days it was sung that Tuor alone of mortal Men was numbered among the elder race, and was joined with the Noldor, whom he loved; and his fate is sundered from the fate of Men. (Chapter 23, Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin)
A/N: This was not inspired by any particular words of THE SILMARILLION, but from it overall. I also was drawing a bit from my friend Fiondil's Valar fics here at www.storiesofarda.com which feature Lord Námo. After reuniting Earendil and his parents last night, I wondered if there might still be a way for Elwing to get to be with her parents one day. This was the result.
A/N: A follow on to "Unexpected". Attributable to my warped sense of humor and frustration with a misbehaving computer. Please forgive me!
A/N: A follow-up to "Argument". According to a footnote in HOME IV, Dior was accounted among the Elves, along with his daughter Elwing, and his grandson Elrond (see A/N below the drabble).
A/N: Inspired by: "Then at the bidding of the Valar Eönwë went to the shore of Aman, where the companions of Eärendil still remained, awaiting tidings; and he took a boat, and the three mariners were set therein, and the Valar drove them away into the East with a great wind." (Chapter 24, Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath)
A/N: Inspired by: But Dior returned no answer to the sons of Fëanor; and Celegorm stirred up his brothers to prepare an assault upon Doriath. They came at unawares in the middle of winter, and fought with Dior in the Thousand Caves; and so befell the second slaying of Elf by Elf. There fell Celegorm by Dior's hand, and there fell Curufin, and dark Caranthir; but Dior was slain also, and Nimloth his wife, and the cruel servants of Celegorm seized his young sons and left them to starve in the forest. Of this Maedhros indeed repented, and sought for them long in the woods of Doriath; but his search was unavailing, and of the fate of Eluréd and Elurín no tale tells. (Chapter 22, Of the Ruin of Doriath)
A/N: Inspired by: Now Dior Thingol's heir bade farewell to Beren and Lúthien, and departing from Lanthir Lamath with Nimloth his wife he came to Menegroth, and abode there; and with them went their young sons Eluréd and Elurín, and Elwing their daughter. Then the Sindar received them with joy, and they arose from the darkness of their grief for fallen kin and King and for the departure of Melian; and Dior Eluchíl set himself to raise anew the glory of the kingdom of Doriath. (Chapter 22, Of the Ruin of Doriath)
A/N: Not inspired by any particular quote from THE SILMARILLION, but I can't see that Elwing wouldn't wonder and worry about her children in Middle-earth, especially on what would have been a special day had they been together.
A/N: Inspired by: But they took Vingilot, and hallowed it, and bore it away through Valinor to the uttermost rim of the world; and there it passed through the Door of Night and was lifted up even into the oceans of heaven. | Now fair and marvellous was that vessel made, and it was filled with a wavering flame, pure and bright; and Eärendil the Mariner sat at the helm, glistening with dust of elven-gems, and the Silmaril was bound upon his brow. (Chapter 24, Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath)
A/N: Inspired by a comment made by one of my reviewers asking why Elwing put the Silmaril ahead of her children. This is what came to mind after re-reading: Too late the ships of Círdan and Gil-galad the High King came hasting to the aid of the Elves of Sirion; and Elwing was gone, and her sons. Then such few of that people as did not perish in the assault joined themselves to Gil-galad, and went with him to Balar; and they told that Elros and Elrond were taken captive, but Elwing with the Silmaril upon her breast had cast herself into the sea. (Chapter 24, Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath)
A/N: An alternative view of why Elwing cast herself from the tower with the Silmaril. For those who found yesterday's offering "too uncanonical".
A/N: The narrator is an Elf of Doriath and this takes place back when Doriath fell for the last time. (Chapter 22: Of the Ruin of Doriath)
A/N: Inspired by: And it is sung that she fell from the air upon the timbers of Vingilot, in a swoon, nigh unto death for the urgency of her speed, and Eärendil took her to his bosom; but in the morning with marvelling eyes he beheld his wife in her own form beside him with her hair upon his face, and she slept.... Yet Eärendil saw now no hope left in the lands of Middle-earth, and he turned again in despair and came not home, but sought back once more to Valinor with Elwing at his side. (Chapter 24, Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath)
A/N: Inspired by: "and Eärendil the Mariner sat at the helm, glistening with dust of elven-gems, and the Silmaril was bound upon his brow." (Chapter 24, Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath)
A/N: Inspired by: Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue. To evil end shall all things turn that they begin well; and by treason of kin unto kin, and the fear of treason, shall this come to pass. The Dispossessed shall they be for ever. (Part of the Prophecy of the North, Chapter 9, Of the Flight of the Noldor)
A/N: Inspired by: Now when first Vingilot was set to sail in the seas of heaven, it rose unlocked for, glittering and bright; and the people of Middle-earth beheld it from afar and wondered, and they took it for a sign, and called it Gil-Estel, the Star of High Hope.
A/N: Inspired by: But they took Vingilot, and hallowed it, and bore it away through Valinor to the uttermost rim of the world; and there it passed through the Door of Night and was lifted up even into the oceans of heaven. (Chapter 24, Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath)
A/N: Inspired by: For Maglor took pity upon Elros and Elrond, and he cherished them, and love grew after between them, as little might be thought; but Maglor's heart was sick and weary with the burden of the dreadful oath. (Chapter 24, Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath)
A/N: In honor of the last day of NaQuaWriMo, I'm giving my readers two drabbles instead of one, because I just can't tell one side of the story. These are not inspired by any particular lines in THE SILMARILLION, but rather from what I'd like to think happened when Elrond Half-elven finally arrived in the Blessed Realm. Enjoy!
Categories: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion
Characters: As a Group: The Valar, Edain: Beren, Edain: Tuor, Elf: Círdan, Elf: Idril, Elf: Lúthien, Elf: Nimloth, Half-Elven: Dior, Half-Elven: Eluréd, Half-Elven: Elurín, Half-Elven: Elwing, Half-Elven: Elrond, Half-Elven: Eärendil the Mariner, Maia: Eönwë, Maia: Tilion, Other: Melian
Genres: Drabble or Drabble series
Places: Beleriand, Other place in Arda, Undying Lands, Undying Lands: Aman, Undying Lands: Valinor
Times: 1-First Age, 2-Second Age, 3-Third Age, 4-Fourth Age
Chapters: 30    |    Word count: 3283    |    Read Count: 35648
Completed: Yes    |    Updated: 07/11/10    |    Published: 11/01/09