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The Least of Rings by Dreamflower, Part 4

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Author: Dreamflower
Title: The Least of Rings
Rating: G
Theme: "All Things are Possible" AU
Elements: This story-starter-- "In the Springtime, birds a-wing time, all hearts are merry and light!"
Author's Notes: This story was inspired by Tolkien's original version of The Hobbit. The relevant passage is quoted at the beginning—taken from the original 1937 edition of The Hobbit.
There will be acknowledgements and special notes at the end of the relevant parts.
Summary: Bilbo picked up a very interesting trinket on his journey with the Dwarves…and it's not what you think. (A series of 500 word vignettes)
Word Count: 500 in each part

Part 4

12 Astron, S.R. 1418

"Gandalf, I find it hard to believe these things you suspect about Bilbo's ring." He looked at it on its fob-chain, and shook his head. "It always brought him fair fortune, and he used it to help the Dwarves out of tight spots. I confess both of us occasionally used it since to avoid unpleasant guests or to play a jest. But Bilbo certainly never turned into a wraith or a creature like the Gollum; do you suspect either of us turning to evil?"

"Of course not!" Gandalf answered testily. "I truly hope this is not what I suspect it to be. But there is one way to find out." He took the poker from the hearth and stirred the fire. "Give me the ring for a moment."

Reluctantly Frodo pulled it from his breeches-pocket, and unclasped it from the fob which hung at his belt. He unfastened it and handed it slowly to the wizard.

Gandalf held it up. It looked to be made of solid gold. "Can you see any markings on it?"

"No. It's quite plain."

"Well, then look. " Frodo gave a gasp as the wizard threw it suddenly into the middle of a glowing corner of the fire. Frodo groped for the tongs, but Gandalf stayed him.

"Wait!" He commanded.

For a long time they sat staring at the fire; then the wizard stooped and removed the ring from the fire with the tongs, and at once picked it up.

"It's quite cool," he said, "Take it!"

Frodo took it on his palm.

"Hold it up, and look closely!"

As Frodo did so, he now saw fine lines appear running along the outside of the ring in a flowing script.

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"It's in a form of Elvish," said Frodo. "I can't understand the first word, but the next words are 'nótë yurasta carnë'…'number twenty-four made'…I don't understand…"

"What?" Frodo had never seen such an expression of astonishment. It was a combination of both relief and dismay, as if two such emotions could be found together on one face. Gandalf took the ring from the hobbit, and laughed out loud. He looked once more at the inscription:
'Sámaril nótë yurasta carnë'. 'Sámaril made number twenty-four'!

He collapsed back into his chair, laughing harder than Frodo had ever heard before. "Oh, bless my beard! Please pardon me for frightening you so, Frodo, but you've no idea of how fearful I've been these last few years!"

He passed it back to Frodo. "You may keep this heirloom safely, my friend! Yet even though it is one of the 'lesser rings', it is still a mighty work. You should still keep it secret from any save a trusted few—for I tell you such a thing as this would excite the envy of many. But you have kept it without harm thus far, so I think you are a fit guardian for it."

"Thank you."

"I must think on this thing for a while. It sets all my thoughts awry!"

~~~~~~~~~

Author's Notes: First of all my thanks to pandemonium_213 for the loan of her OC, Sámaril, who features in several of her stories, most notably The Apprentice, and for the Quenya phrase "'Sámaril nótë yurasta carnë'..

Also, much of the dialogue in this section is taken from, or slightly adapted from, FotR, Book I, Chapter II, "The Shadow of the Past".

I did the Tengwar calligraphy, based on the alphabets provided in the Omniglot website.

Part 5

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
engarian
May. 28th, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
Ha! What a nice turn there, and pulling Pande's marvelous smith into it was brilliant!

- Erulisse (one L)
dreamflower02
May. 29th, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
When I asked Pande about borrowing one of her OCs, she quickly volunteered Samaril for the role, and was also kind enough to provide me with the Quenya I needed for the inscription!

She was quite tickled at the idea of Samaril making "number 24"!
blslarner
May. 28th, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, my Lord! You have me laughing! Samaril made this one, did he? Heh! Oh, but this is PRICELESS! Love it! Thanks for a lovely laugh!
dreamflower02
May. 29th, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, this is truly one of the lesser rings--never made nor touched by Sauron, and so a good deal less perilous than the one.

But not totally without peril as you will find.
pandemonium_213
May. 30th, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
Yes, this is truly one of the lesser rings--never made nor touched by Sauron, and so a good deal less perilous than the one.

Yep. In The Apprentice, Istyar Aulendil (Sauron) taught Sámaril (and likely other apprentices) how to make these unusual rings, or "trifles" as Gandalf called them, but it was when Sámaril became much more skilled in "the deep arts" that he began to make the Rings of Power - and then Istyar Aulendil became quite involved.

But not totally without peril as you will find.

Oh, yes! This is one of my two favorite quotes* in The Fellowship of the Ring:

The lesser rings were only essays in the craft before it was full-grown, and to the Elven-smiths they were but trifles - yet still to my mind dangerous for mortals. But the Great Rings, the Rings of Power, they were perilous.


*The other was spoken by Legolas...

the Elves of this land were of a race strange to us of the silvan folk, and the trees and the grass do not now remember them: Only I hear the stones lament them: deep they delved us, fair they wrought us, high they builded us; but they are gone. They are gone. They sought the Havens long ago.'


When I first read that at age 14 (1968), I wondered, "Who were these people?" And look what happened as I tried to find the answer. :^)

Love the Tengwar inscription! (So does Sám.)
dreamflower02
May. 30th, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)
I am SO grateful you let me use him for this AU! It was perfect--an OC of my own would not have been anything but a name--but Sámaril has backstory!

And I loved the chance to do a Tengwar inscription, though getting it just right to post in the story was difficult. I couldn't get it to scan, so I had to photograph the paper I had written it on, and out of six, two were too blurry, two were too crooked, and one was too dark!

My first few attempts to put it in the story it was so huge that it overwhelmed the post! I think it finally came out all right, though.
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dreamflower02
May. 29th, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
Well, as you can tell, it's not nearly to the end! I still had to deal with the One out there somewhere...
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