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Rejoice and Be Glad - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: Rejoice and Be Glad
Rating: G
Theme: Gratitude
Elements: 300
Author's Notes: For ThunderaTiger for her birthday.
Summary: Frodo finds reason to rejoice and be glad on Tol Eressea.
Word Count: 300



Rejoice and Be Glad


“Did you miss us, Frodo?” Sam asked one bright morning as he and his friend walked through a glade of impossibly green grass and colorful flowers, hearing from afar the songs of the Elves as they went about their own business inside the eaves of the distant woods.

Miss you? Oh, yes, Sam, I did—intensely! But I was here now, and there was so much beauty to see and experience, so many from whom to learn! And I had time to do it all. You know as well as I that I no longer belonged there in the mortal lands, that I was too changed to remain there, had seen and done far too much to fit in. Not that I was liable to live that much longer. Even here the ties between fëa and hröa are far too fragile.

“Yes, too stubborn a Baggins even here to let go afore I could come to be with you.”

Sam was delighted to hear Frodo’s beautiful laugh. You have it in a nutshell, my beloved brother! So Lord Námo tells me as well! Not that he appears to begrudge me the chance to share what you wish to experience with me before we go on.

Sam beamed at his friend. “And that had best not be all that long now, my blessed Lord Iorhael. Oh, it’s not that I’m unhappy here, you know. It’s only, well, I’m findin’ myself awful restless. It’s about time as we was thinkin’ of joinin’ the others—our mums and dads, old Mister Bilbo, and the like. Mayhaps we’ll even see Boromir, too, and let him know as all ended up proper in the end. What do you think of that?”

Frodo’s smile added a Sun’s worth of additional brilliance to the day.

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periantari
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:26 am (UTC)
What a beautiful moment captured. Love it.
blslarner
Nov. 18th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
And I rejoice I managed to capture it! Thanks so, Periantari!
kayleelupin
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:26 am (UTC)
O yes Larner, rejoice and be glad indeed! I love Sam and Frodo's relationship as heart-brothers, and I do love how well Sam knows his stubborn Baggins brother especially. :) Yes, I do hope they can see Boromir!

Kaylee Arafinwiel
blslarner
Nov. 18th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, there's no question that Sam knew his Frodo well, and still finds Frodo's tendency toward stubbornness a matter of wonder. And I do not for a moment doubt they'll share their joy with Boromir! Thank you so!
karri_kln1671
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:52 am (UTC)
Beautiful and poignant.
blslarner
Nov. 18th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you. They'd thought to die together so long ago at the foot of Orodruin; to go on together from here, such a far more beautiful place, would have seemed natural, I'd think.
talullahred
Nov. 18th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
What Sam suggests is rooted in such a calm and pleasant acceptance of one's being and fate. I love the thought that they are not afraid of the road ahead.
blslarner
Nov. 18th, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
I doubt that after his experience with the Ring Frodo held much in the way of fear of death, and suspect he would have welcomed it more than once along the way. Certainly, even according to the Master himself as expressed in his letters, Frodo believed on the hill of slag at the bottom of the volcano that he and Sam would die within minutes, consummating the sacrifice by which the Ring was destroyed and Middle Earth saved. To waken in Ithilien in some ways must have been such a marvel and a disappointment, I've always suspected.

Now Sam has known both loss and finding, and has experienced for a time the joy of living on Tol Eressea with his beloved Master. I doubt either would regret moving on, or would hold any further fear at this point. And for Sam to be reunited with his beloved Rose would have been so desirable at that moment, I'd think.

Thanks so very much, Tallularhed.
hhimring
Nov. 19th, 2014 08:14 am (UTC)
How bright it all seems!
The contrast between Sam and Frodo's voices is very well done.
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aliensouldream
Nov. 20th, 2014 03:09 am (UTC)
This is a time and place full of rejoicing, for peace found, friendship renewed and serenity gained. For me, it is poignant - an eternity of bliss seems only a fair reward for all that's happened - and yet I know that they have accepted like the Elves that all things pass. Maybe for Frodo it has been an eternity, of discovery and wonder - and of waiting. Now reunited, there is nothing unachieved. How comforting of Sam to anticipate many happy reunions.

The last line is beautiful.
keiliss
Nov. 22nd, 2014 12:36 am (UTC)
I have such a lump in my throat reading this, Larner. Such peace and contentment with the road ahead. And yes, I do hope they have the chance to see Boromir again. This was lovely.
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