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Silver Blossoms Blown

Title: Silver Blossoms Blown
Character: Varda
Rating: G
Genre: General




Written for the tripledogdare "First Impressions" challenge.
http://community.livejournal.com/tripledogdare/
Beta: Oshun

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I had gazed upon them from afar, too excited upon hearing the news to wait, but the foretaste only made me wistful. I remembered the vision, taken away just at the instant wonderment blossomed like Yavanna’s trees within me. My admiration, my adoration of Eru’s complexity, of his intellect in imagining such beings had nearly caused me to falter within the music, but instead the vision lifted my voice for a time above all others, swelling with joy in its beauty, joy in its perfection. Never had I thought to feel this way again after the discord, after the destruction and reshaping of the lands we had made so fair, according to His thought.

Now they are here. No longer a mere glimpse of vision, a hint of distant possibility; and oh, but they are beautiful, sacred above all imagining! Yet how small they appear, how fragile do their bodies seem: too fragile to contain the divine light that emanates from them. They stand with Oromë, reluctant to leave his side, their eyes wide with astonishment. They are three, three males, their forms constrained to one aspect. I feel the questing energy of this aspect and it delights me to feel it in these Elves, their strength a reflection of that of my kinsmen.

I step forward, hoping the form in which they see me will put them at ease, and they look upon me for the first time. Oromë introduces them, Ingwë, Finwë, and Elwë and they speak their greeting. I hear their language, so pleasing from the lips of these children of Eru who have created each word, of greater strength than any craft Aulë’s skill can fashion. Oromë tells them of my labors, how I set the stars alight for their coming, and their faces brighten with reverence. Elentári, the one called Finwë named me then, and ever after have I been proud to bear the title.

The memory of that first encounter now wrings my heart as I look upon the Silmarils wrought of the light of the Two Trees by Curufinwë Fëanáro. Our children are children no longer and my heart grieves for innocence lost as a new vision rises, a vision of darkness no star can illuminate.
 

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heartofoshun
May. 8th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
Nice title! I still like it today (stone-cold sober). I told you that I thought it is exactly what Varda/Elentári, the star kindler would have thought about the sad division between the Valar and the Noldor, not to mention the divisions it caused within the Eldar. (Of course, you know me, I think it was largely the fault of the Valar, but that is completely inappropriate to discuss here at the end of this lovely piece.) The language is beautiful and really works.
ignoblebard
May. 8th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
You are so quick! I just posted this. I think the rift was sad too, and I agree, up to a point, that the Valar might have been a little to blame. Thanks for you comments on the language. You're the master there, but I do what I can.
crowdaughter
May. 8th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
I haven't seen this before, but loved it instantly. Beautiful language, beautiful imagery, and right on point. Applause!
ignoblebard
May. 8th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks Aislynn. This is a new one, I just wrote it. I'm very glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for posting.
lethe_lloyd
May. 9th, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
I loved this, I love all your writing but these early time-line ones are very rare to find and you create the atmosphere so perfectly. Being a lover of the Darker side, the end boded ill and it was a super way to finish it.
ignoblebard
May. 10th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for your comments, Lethe. I think I've discovered I like the idea of the Elves before the Valar. It's an interesting time to imagine.
lissas_elves
May. 10th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
Bard, this is so beautiful. The Valar must indeed have longed to meet the Children of Eru, but I never thought to see it from their point of view.
Wonderful idea!
ignoblebard
May. 11th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
I thought this meeting would read best from Varda's pov, she worked so hard on the stars in anticipation of their coming. I appreciate your comments. Thanks so much!
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ignoblebard
May. 7th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
This one was just a small vignette for a tripledogdare challenge. As you can see, I do a lot of challenges or swaps. I'm glad you like the way I've written Varda here, but I know you could do a great job writing her as well. :-)
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