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Seeking Introductions - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: Seeking Introductions
Rating: G
Theme: Fanworks Day
Elements: Elrond
Author's Notes: For 20thCenturyVole and PoppyMuddyfoot for their birthdays
Summary: There is one particular celebrity Bilbo wishes to especially meet in the Undying Lands
Word Count: 491


Seeking Introductions


Elrond stepped out upon the deck of the ship that bore him to Tol Eressëa, sweeping the deck with his gaze, and finding the object of his search standing on tiptoe, staring determinedly over the forward rail. He smiled, and walked carefully across the damp wood to stand beside Bilbo Baggins. “You are so eager to see the Lonely Isle that you will dare the rain, my small friend?”

Bilbo looked up with an eager smile the peredhel had not seen for several years on the Hobbit’s face. “I cannot wait to get there and to walk where none of my kind has ever walked before—or, at least, not to the knowledge of anyone I have spoken with. I rather wish that Glorfindel had come with us, for I am certain I would have been able to convince him to help me meet many of those I have heard tell of over the long years of my life. I have so longed to see such worthies as Finrod Felagund and Lord Olwë of Aquallondë.”

Elrond noted that Bilbo held under his arm a small book he had fashioned for himself, binding it with white deerskin stamped with gold lettering. In it Bilbo had been gathering brief descriptions of many individuals he had spoken with in the time he’d spent as a member of Elrond’s household, each notation written whenever possible by the one whose story the Hobbit had wished to acquire. “We will not be within sight of the island, they tell me, before the morrow’s dawn. I fear there will be no one to write within your book before noon. Perhaps someone of note will meet our ship who will consent to indulge you, however.”

“Oh, I do hope so. Although, Elrond, there is one individual I do hope you will be able to convince to come to meet with us. Ever since I learned this grace was being granted to me I have so wished to meet in person.”

“Whom might this be?” Elrond asked. “And what makes you think that I might be able to persuade this person to come to Tol Eressëa to meet you?”

“It’s your father, Eärendil the Mariner. Ever since I first heard his story I’ve wanted to meet him, even to the point of writing that poem that I recited first the evening Frodo awoke from the Morgul wound. I know you found it presumptuous—certainly the Dúnadan did! But of all of the historical figures I’ve ever heard tell of, he is the one person I have dreamed many times of meeting in so many different manners. And now, at last, I have the chance perhaps, before I must go on, to do so. Please say that you will try to get him to come so I can perhaps convince him to write in my book!”

Shaking his head at the Hobbit’s irrepressible nature, Elrond, formerly of Imladris, agreed to try.

Comments

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karri_kln1671
Feb. 15th, 2015 08:46 pm (UTC)
That's lovely. I think I would want to meet Earendil, as well. I love how excited Bilbo is.

Edited at 2015-02-15 09:34 pm (UTC)
blslarner
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, but this was so much fun to write, as short as it is. I can imagine so Bilbo excited at the chance to meet so many of those he'd read of for years and years.

Thank you!
curiouswombat
Feb. 15th, 2015 09:27 pm (UTC)
What a brilliant idea - Bilbo the autograph hunter and fan of Eärendil!
blslarner
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:31 pm (UTC)
Well, he did write that poem that appears in Book II, after all! Heh! Thanks so, CW.
shirebound
Feb. 15th, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC)
Of course Bilbo would long to meet Earendil above all! I hope they were able to have long, wonderful conversations together, and that Bilbo was inspired to write poetry for many years in the West.
blslarner
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:32 pm (UTC)
I would hope so, too. Thanks so, Shirebound!
lindahoyland
Feb. 16th, 2015 12:23 am (UTC)
I can just imagine Bilbo being a fan of Earendil!
blslarner
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:33 pm (UTC)
Rereading "Earendil was a mariner that tarried..." inspired this one. Who better for him to wish to see? Heh! Thanks so, Linda.
hours_gone_by
Feb. 16th, 2015 12:58 am (UTC)
I like the way you've captured Bilbo's voice here. I do wonder...is he going to bring up the poem?
blslarner
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you do. And I suspect, as pleased as he has ever been to tell his exploits, that he would tell the object of his fascination of the poem and seek to recite it as well!

Thanks so!
lindahoyland
Feb. 16th, 2015 01:10 am (UTC)
I can just imagine Bilbo being a fan of Earendil!
blslarner
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:47 pm (UTC)
Ah--you liked it so well you left two messages! Yay!
dreamflower02
Feb. 16th, 2015 02:17 am (UTC)
Oh, Bilbo the Irrepressible! (Perfect word for him too! He and Pippin were kindred spirits!) I can just imagine Frodo standing behind him facepalming in embarrassment, and Gandalf grinning.

But I can certainly imagine that of all the heroes of the past, Eärendil would have captured his imagination the most!
blslarner
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:36 pm (UTC)
Considering the intricacy of the poem in the Hall of Fire, I am certain that Bilbo would wish to meet this person in particular! And Frodo face-palming is such a wonderful image!

Thanks so very much, Dreamflower!
sirius_luva
Feb. 16th, 2015 03:28 am (UTC)
Aww, Bilbo. Will there be a sequel where Eärendil tells Bilbo that he liked the poem? I can imagine Bilbo just about exploding in glee.
blslarner
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:37 pm (UTC)
I haven't decided on that, although I have described the first approach of Earendil to meet Frodo. Thanks so!
kayleelupin
Feb. 16th, 2015 03:52 am (UTC)
Oooh, sequel, sequel! I want to see Bilbo meet the Mariner and share the poem with him!!! *squeals happily*

blslarner
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC)
Well, I might just write that one day, considering how so many now wish to see it! Heh! Thanks, Kaylee.
periantari
Feb. 16th, 2015 04:00 am (UTC)
It can be expected that Bilbo is a fan of Earendil-- that would be so interesting to hear a dialogue of them meeting-- also of Elrond reuniting with his father as well.
Very cool fic!!!
blslarner
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:39 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful image of Thorin as Lord of Erebor! Oh, yes, I do think that Bilbo would be eager for such a meeting, although when I might write it I haven't yet decided. Thanks so, Periantari!
talullahred
Feb. 16th, 2015 09:16 pm (UTC)
Earendil owes Elrond a very big one, so I think Bilbo will have his autograph. ;)

Now seriously, it's lovely seeing the old hobbit once again excited and lively. :)
blslarner
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:46 pm (UTC)
I think I may have seen how that story would pan out, Tallulared. We may get it written eventually, although I'm now working on the next chapters of "Enter the Ranger" and "Stirring Rings."

Thanks!
mrowe
Feb. 17th, 2015 02:44 pm (UTC)
Wonderful idea, Bilbo!

Of course, now I want to know whether they meet, and what they make of each other:-)
blslarner
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
Well, we shall see what we shall see, shan't we? Heh!

Thanks so very much, my friend!
engarian
Feb. 17th, 2015 02:55 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of Elrond importuning his father to visit the small, aged Hobbit. I also adore the idea of Bilbo's white book. I wonder if someday this will turn up and be as interesting as the Red Book has been for us through the years.

- Erulisse (one L)
blslarner
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:44 pm (UTC)
Hmm. So many appear to want that sequel, and you just may have given me the vehicle for its appearance, Erulisse! Thanks!
mews1945
Feb. 17th, 2015 07:01 pm (UTC)
I love the notion of Bilbo as a fan looking for autographs of hjis heroes.
blslarner
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, isn't it likely, Mews? Thanks so!
addie71
Feb. 19th, 2015 02:22 am (UTC)
I can imagine Bilbo keeping a journal of everyone he had met after leaving the Shire.
blslarner
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC)
Me, too, Addie. How pleased he'd be to have this one to meet, considering the pains he took in writing his poem about Earendil! Considering how it ended, I always suspected he was fascinated by Earendil's story. Thanks so!
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