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"In the Company of Hobbits" by Shirebound

Author: Shirebound
Title: In the Company of Hobbits
Rating: G
Theme: Wisdom
Elements: Cheerfulness smoothes the road of life.
Summary: Legolas senses he will play a part in fulfilling Gimli's final request.
Word Count: 585



S.R. 1541: In this year on March 1st came at last the passing of King Elessar. It is said that the beds of Meriadoc and Peregrin were set beside the bed of the great king. ‘Appendix B’, The Return of the King


“’This was a fine idea you had, laddie,” Gimli said. The old Dwarf and Legolas stood alone in the House of the Kings, before three ornate crypts – one long and two small. “I doubt that many folks understand why the hobbits were moved here, to rest in honor beside the King, but I’m glad you thought of it, and that the Queen approved.”

“To surround someone with those who loved him... it is a good practice,” Legolas said.

“Aye,” Gimli agreed. “My father spoke of the final resting place of Thorin, with my cousins laid at his side. Is that how you got the idea?”

”Yes,” said Legolas. “I was greatly impressed by the honors shown to Thorin Oakenshield and his nephews.” He sighed. “I have lived through too many battles, my friend.”

“As have I,” Gimli nodded. “I hope to see no others in my lifetime.”

“You will accompany me, then?”

“I will.” Gimli looked around, eyeing the chamber about them with satisfaction “’Tis a peaceful place. Should your mad plan work out, and we arrive at our final destination, perhaps you might do the same for me someday.” Legolas started to speak, but Gimli raised his hand. “No fancy Elvish fripperies, mind. Good solid stone, and lots of it, that’s all a Dwarf needs.”

“And the company of hobbits?” Legolas asked softly, not allowing Gimli to see the pain in his heart.

Gimli chuckled. “Aye. To lie thus, until Mahal gathers me to his realm, would suit me well.” He gently touched the likeness of Peregrin Took that he had personally etched into one of the small crypts.

Legolas went still for a moment, feeling the deck of a ship yet unbuilt roll beneath his feet. A speck of shimmering green and silver came into view on the far horizon, the air suddenly filled with song and sweet mingled fragrances, and then... he was standing amidst ancient boulders on a flower-strewn hilltop, where lovingly-tended plaques bearing the images of three Ring-bearers and one Dwarf had been placed.

“What ails you, lad?” Gimli’s rough, beloved voice broke around Legolas like the Sea in a tempest. Bright sunlight dimmed, and birdsong faded, and Legolas found himself back in the hushed silence -- in the presence of the King’s memory and that of two brave hobbits. Gimli was looking up at him with concern.

“Reflecting on our small friends reminds me that we have not yet broken our fast," Legolas said lightly. "Will you join me, ‘ere we begin our day’s tasks?”

“About time,” Gimli growled.

Time. Once again, a part of Legolas’s consciousness flew apart and away... He was planting saplings on the hilltop, singing quietly to his friends, and feeling at peace. The pain will lessen, he thought gratefully. I had not dared hope for it. I believed it impossible to entwine one’s heart with those of mortal kind, and emerge unshattered, but should this vision be true, I will indeed be healed... with time. A great weight lifted from him, and he smiled.

“Do you remember how Peregrin described breakfast?” he asked.

“Two of the best meals of the day!” Gimli quoted with a grin. He threw back his head and laughed heartily, and Legolas could not help but join him.

** END **

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baranduin
Jun. 22nd, 2015 09:12 pm (UTC)
I have wondered in the past where Gimli would rest. This works just fine :-)
shirebound
Jun. 22nd, 2015 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm sure he would have wondered what would become of him if he sailed West with Legolas.
silver_trails
Jun. 23rd, 2015 02:05 am (UTC)
This is a lovely story!
shirebound
Jun. 23rd, 2015 02:20 am (UTC)
Thank you!
periantari
Jun. 23rd, 2015 02:45 am (UTC)
how gentle, how sweet, so in character! Love your Gimli and Legolas!
What a great exchange and so nostalgic and bittersweet.
Loved the end. :)
shirebound
Jun. 23rd, 2015 03:38 am (UTC)
Thank you, Peri An. I couldn't let this end on anything other than a laugh between these special friends. And the mention of hobbits, of course. :)
lindahoyland
Jun. 23rd, 2015 04:43 am (UTC)
This was very moving. These friends should be together forever.
shirebound
Jun. 23rd, 2015 02:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I think so, as well.
rakshi
Jun. 23rd, 2015 03:18 pm (UTC)
Just so very lovely!

Love 💖
shirebound
Jun. 23rd, 2015 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. ♥
klose
Jun. 23rd, 2015 03:59 pm (UTC)
*sniff* I love your dialogue for Gimli ("No fancy Elvish fripperies, mind") and your voice for Legolas -- his visions of the future, "not allowing Gimli to see the pain in his heart.", etc, gosh. ;__; So beautifully written.
shirebound
Jun. 23rd, 2015 04:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you. I find this friendship to be a very special one indeed.
curiouswombat
Jun. 23rd, 2015 04:26 pm (UTC)
That works really well for me; I also see Gimli buried with the hobbits who crossed the sea. But what lovely glimpses you give us of that time to come, and how those glimpses must have comforted Legolas, too.
shirebound
Jun. 23rd, 2015 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm glad this resonates with you. I like thinking that Legolas will be there until the end, and that their friendships will endure for all time.
addie71
Jun. 23rd, 2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, beautifully done! What a lovely moment between good friends.
shirebound
Jun. 23rd, 2015 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *beams*
primula_baggins
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, God, that's so beautiful, SB.

I love the thought of Gimli, Frodo, Bilbo, and Sam buried together in the West.

I love how you summoned memories of Frodo's vision without totally quoting it.

"And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed on into the West, until at last on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. And then it seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise."
shirebound
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:38 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy you like this. I do believe that Gimli would appreciate "the company of hobbits", and that Legolas would find their resting place a peaceful spot to visit (especially if he made it beautiful with his own hands).
nessrealta
Jun. 23rd, 2015 07:54 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful story!
shirebound
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
mews1945
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:37 pm (UTC)
This is lovely. I could see them standing there, and I felt Legolas's sorrow at the thought of losing his friend. But there is hope that he'll be healed on the Lonely Isle too.
shirebound
Jun. 23rd, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my friend. Legolas, too, will need healing, and I like to think that it will be granted to him. Bless the Professor for giving us so much leeway to fill in this gap in the gentlest, most satisfying ways.
blslarner
Jun. 24th, 2015 01:52 am (UTC)
Oh, yes--to lie surrounded by Hobbits would be the greatest of joys. Lovely, Shirebound!
shirebound
Jun. 24th, 2015 03:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I certainly wouldn't mind being surrounded by hobbits!
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shirebound
Jun. 24th, 2015 11:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that lovely compliment. I'm very pleased that this moved you.
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dodger_sister
Jun. 25th, 2015 03:47 am (UTC)
Oh, how do you always make me cry and smile and at the same time? Lovely.
shirebound
Jun. 25th, 2015 02:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much. What a nice compliment. *beams*
riverotter1951
Jun. 25th, 2015 02:26 pm (UTC)
A wonderful story that tugs at my heartstrings.
shirebound
Jun. 25th, 2015 02:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I appreciate that.
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