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Rededication -- by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: Rededication
Rating: G
Theme: Time in a Bottle
Elements: 313
Author's Notes: For Rhapsody for her birthday, a bit late
Summary: There are so many memories held in this room....
Word Count: 313




Rededication


Each time he enters this room, he remembers those times he did so before, when Frodo Baggins dwelt in it. He remembers helping Mr. Bilbo settle the table there, and his mother hanging yellow muslin curtains in the window. He remembers sitting by the bed, coaxing Frodo, ill with lung fever, to swallow the thin gruel, calves-foot jelly, and broth intended to strengthen him to health again. He remembers being sent in by Bilbo to rouse Frodo to come to first breakfast. He remembers seeing bright eyes emerging from images of dragons and great heroes of long ago, said images engendered by books, refocusing on the present as they recognize a beloved young friend come to call him to real life within the Shire. He remembers drawing open the curtains to let the reflected light of sunrise into the room of one who’d spent the previous evening reading until the wee hours, wakening him to the dawning of a new day that must needs be explored for the delights to be found within its grasp.

He remembers responding to muffled gasps of past terrors that for the moment seem more real than the safety and comfort now known. He remembers wiping tears of loss when Frodo ought to have been rejoicing at the promise of life embodied in their Elanor.

The quest gave Sam the full life he’d always hoped for and that Frodo had ever promised should be his. But it robbed Frodo of his joy, of his innocence, of his ability to hope. Oh, he’d endured—that Frodo had done. But what does that endurance signify when the one who endures cannot again find hope for himself?

But now it is time to put those memories aside, for a different Frodo shall sleep in this room from this day, and he shall know hope because of all that his name-father endured.

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shirebound
Jul. 16th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
He remembers seeing bright eyes emerging from images of dragons and great heroes of long ago, said images engendered by books, refocusing on the present as they recognize a beloved young friend come to call him to real life within the Shire.

What a beautiful image. This is a lovely, heart-warming story... full of pain, but also hope and new life.
blslarner
Jul. 17th, 2013 08:46 am (UTC)
Thank you so, Shirebound. Frodo before the quest must have entertained so many pleasant dreams of adventure, only to find himself unable to lose himself in them after the quest, having found reality to be far different than he'd imagined. But how glad he'd have had to be imagining a far different Frodo thriving because of his willingness to offer himself for the safety of the Shire and the rest of Middle Earth as well.
engarian
Jul. 17th, 2013 12:50 am (UTC)
But now it is time to put those memories aside, for a different Frodo shall sleep in this room from this day, and he shall know hope because of all that his name-father endured.

Oh, this lighting of hope at the end demonstrates so clearly why the journey and the sacrifices were worth the effort and consequences. Simply lovely!

- Erulisse (one L)
blslarner
Jul. 17th, 2013 08:48 am (UTC)
I so agree, Erulisse. In the end the endurance gave hope to so many! Thank you!
antane
Jul. 17th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
Decades of memories in this hole and in Sam's heart, some sad, some glad, I think perhaps all treasured in some way because they were all Frodo. Love the ending. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
blslarner
Jul. 17th, 2013 08:49 am (UTC)
Sam's memories may be filled with Frodo, but his life is now filled with his family and his work, and all that he and Frodo strove so hard to preserve. Thank you so, Antane!
lindahoyland
Jul. 17th, 2013 07:51 am (UTC)
This was very moving and i loved the end.
blslarner
Jul. 17th, 2013 08:51 am (UTC)
I think that the end is satisfying because it is not the end, but a new beginning that was possible only because of what came before. Thanks so, Linda!
someplacetobe
Jul. 17th, 2013 12:33 pm (UTC)
This is lovely; warm and moving on yet remembering what came before.
blslarner
Jul. 21st, 2013 02:41 am (UTC)
What lovely praise, SomePlaceToBe! Thank you so very much!
dreamflower02
Jul. 18th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
I love Sam's memories here, and his willingness to pass the room and its wealth of memory and joy on to his son, as part of the legacy of his namefather.
blslarner
Jul. 21st, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
He must have had many such memories, and must also have rejoiced to have that son to whom he could pass the legacy of love and responsibility. Thank you so, Dreamflower!
levade001
Jul. 20th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is so sad, sweet and perfect. Nope, can't say anymore because it just is exactly as it should be. Wonderful.
blslarner
Jul. 21st, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
And I give thanks for your words of appreciation. Thank you so, Levade.
periantari
Jul. 21st, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
oh this is beautiful! I love the last line-- a different Frodo indeed will learn to appreciate how the first Frodo struggled to achieve the world that they have grown to know and love because of his sacrifice. Well written as usual!!!!
blslarner
Jul. 21st, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
You have stated it so well, Periantari. Thank you so very much!
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