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The Path to Rivendell by Linaewen

Author: Linaewen
Title: The Path to Rivendell
Rating: G
Theme: Gratitude
Elements: Fixed length ficlet
Summary: Boromir searches for the path to Rivendell.
Word Count: 300 as counted by Jarte

The Path to Rivendell

Dusk was darkening as Boromir wandered a wide land of steep slopes, unexpected ravines and swift streams.  Hope that he had found his way lifted his heart as he stumbled upon a path marked with white stones.  But the stones were irregularly placed, easily lost in the heather, and Boromir soon found himself in doubt.  Would this vague path lead him in circles or plunge him off a precipice in the dark?  With nothing else to guide him, he pressed on through the gathering twilight as he followed the scattered stones.

Suddenly a figure appeared, blocking his path.  Boromir halted abruptly, staring at the tall Elf who stood before him, arrow aimed at his heart.

"At last!" Boromir cried in mixed relief and irritation.  "At last I find you!"

The Elf, puzzled at Boromir's tone, slowly lowered his weapon.  "You were searching for me?"

Boromir shook his head.  "Forgive me.  I am Boromir of Gondor.  I have journeyed three long months in pursuit of answers to a riddle given in a dream, seeking Rivendell, the dwelling of Elrond.  Meeting you gives me hope that I have finally found my way to that place."

"Three months!" exclaimed the Elf. "You come far on foot! Had you no horse for your journey?"

"I had a horse, but lost him at the fording of the Greyflood."

"A long journey indeed, Boromir of Gondor, but you near the end.  I cannot leave my post here, but I will tell you signs you must seek to find the hidden path.  Here is a token to present to the other guards so you may pass freely.  It is not an easy path for the weary, but you will find rest at the end.  Elrond will welcome you."

"I am grateful!" Boromir exclaimed, bowing low.  "Thank you!"

Comments

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shirebound
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)
That's a wonderful imagining of this scene. I can imagine that Boromir's gratitude was boundless indeed.
kayleelupin
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:33 am (UTC)
Oh poor Boromir! But at least he has finally made it to Imladris and will soon be enjoying Elrond's hospitality. After losing his horse, I am very sure he's grateful LOL! I love how you write Boromir :)

Kaylee Arafinwiel
karri_kln1671
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
Beautifully written. You captured Boromir well.
blslarner
Nov. 18th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC)
To find his goal at last must have felt like a blessing indeed. I am glad he was welcomed so readily.
chaotic_binky
Nov. 18th, 2014 11:44 am (UTC)
Poor Boromir - but at least he is nearly there :)
pizzamargherita
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:55 pm (UTC)
Very nicely written! I can feel poor Boromir's relief and gratitude at the end of his journey. You capture his character just as I imagine him.
talullahred
Nov. 18th, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
That was a great choice for the theme. I don't think I've ever read a fic about Boromir's arrival at Rivendell - you bring it to life so well.
aliensouldream
Nov. 20th, 2014 03:18 am (UTC)
I felt for Boromir, having to find his way alone in the dusk. What a contrast with the bonds of the other Fellowship members who have journeyed together. But his joy and thanks at being found make me warm to his courtesy and vulnerability. Really unusual and a ringing Boromir voice.
kimby1967
Nov. 20th, 2014 10:12 pm (UTC)
Thankfully that Elf wasn't too jumpy...love your ficlets. My gratitude fic features your boy, posthumously; I wrote it with you in mind. You'll see it once it clears the mods.
ellynn_ithilwen
Nov. 21st, 2014 02:48 pm (UTC)
Beautifully written.
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