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The Return to the Light of Day - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: The Return to the Light of Day
Rating: PG
Theme: Family Reunion
Elements: 313 words
Author's Notes: For Rhapsody and anyone else who wishes to claim it.
Summary: I doubt this was the family reunion she'd thought to have.
Word Count: 313



The Return to the Light of Day


“What a manner in which to know a family reunion!” muttered Griffo Boffin as he stood, peering over the shoulder of his wife’s cousin into the makeshift cell they’d just pried opened. “Is that Lobelia?”

It was. She stood shakily, clutching at that umbrella of hers while leaning on it, staring out at those crowded about the beams and boards that had been so laboriously removed from the front of the place in which she’d been imprisoned. Her hair hung in disarray about her face and straggled over her shoulders. It was hard to say where the dirt left off and the bruises began on the side of her face and arms.

“Who’s that?” she demanded, then whispered, “Frodo Baggins—is that you?”

Frodo’s face appeared even paler than usual. “The Valar forbid!” he whispered only just loudly enough for Griffo to hear. “First Will Whitfoot, then Freddy, and now Lobelia! What have they done to you?”

Shock gave way almost immediately to compassion as he stepped forward to grasp her wrist and gently drew her forth. “Come, child,” he said softly. “Return to the light of day once more.”

Child?! How could he speak to her so? Why, she’d once hoped to marry Bilbo, or so it was said!

But her mouth trembled just as it must have done when she was but a little lass as she stepped uncertainly out of her confinement, finding herself responding to Frodo’s lead as would a small child newly rescued from a dark cupboard with a latch unreachable from inside. She trusts him! Griffo realized. She realizes he will bring her out.

She paused but once, looking up from where she clutched desperately at Frodo’s arm to search his face. “Lotho?” she asked.

He shook his head, and she nodded in acceptance of the fact her son would not be there to greet her.

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blslarner
Aug. 11th, 2016 03:36 am (UTC)
Oh, I know. And to learn why her son cannot be there will undoubtedly tear her apart.

At least Frodo has had his compassion honed by his experiences, and it would be needed by those who had been held in the Lockholes.
dreamflower02
Jul. 21st, 2016 06:28 pm (UTC)
So sad, and so beautiful, dear! We see Lobelia brought down from the heights of her pride, and Frodo's mercy and wisdom acknowledged by her humble acceptance of his help.

blslarner
Aug. 11th, 2016 03:42 am (UTC)
At least she did know a change of heart, and was given honest praise for her defiance of the Big Men. That was so wonderful, that the Master tells us that she was applauded as she was led out of imprisonment. And I am glad she gave Frodo respect at this time of her life.

Thank you so, Dreamflower?
engarian
Jul. 21st, 2016 08:17 pm (UTC)
Such kindness extended to one whom had been wrong so often. Frodo knew that the news of Lotho would be hurtful to her, no matter the taint surrounding him. I loved this.

- Erulisse (one L)
blslarner
Aug. 11th, 2016 03:46 am (UTC)
As he'd forgiven Saruman and Wormtongue, how much easier must it have been to feel compassion for Lobelia, particularly knowing what had happened to Lotho. Thanks so, Erulisse.



lin4gondor
Jul. 21st, 2016 08:30 pm (UTC)
I really love how compassionate Frodo is here, and how Lobelia responds to that compassion! *goes in search of a tissue*
blslarner
Aug. 11th, 2016 03:51 am (UTC)
I used to be told I ought to get shares in the Kleenex company! Heh! Frodo Baggins became so compassionate after what he went through. Thanks so, Lin!
shirebound
Jul. 21st, 2016 09:10 pm (UTC)
Hobbits imprisoned... it's a concept that clutches at my heart. Frodo's compassion is so evident here.
blslarner
Aug. 11th, 2016 03:55 am (UTC)
I know, Shirebound. Lotho was so corrupted by his interactions with Sharkey and his Big Men. At least the Ring was unable to distort Frodo in that manner, although I'd bet It tried.
hhimring
Jul. 21st, 2016 09:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a very moving encounter and reversal!
But also that sad note at the end--the reunion that will not happen...
blslarner
Aug. 11th, 2016 04:00 am (UTC)
Lobelia has realized that she has a heart, and that others actually respect and laud her for her courage in standing up to Sharkey's big men. And her grief at learning Lotho's fate appears to have been unfeigned. At least she knew a true change of heart before she left Middle Earth herself.

Thanks so!
lindahoyland
Jul. 21st, 2016 11:58 pm (UTC)
I feel so sorry for Lobelia here. Frod's compassion is truly heartwarming.
blslarner
Aug. 11th, 2016 04:02 am (UTC)
Seeing the depth of compassion that Frodo was capable of and how she was now respected by the Shire helped cement her change of heart. But alas that Lotho could not know a similar transformation. Thanks so, Linda!
starbrow
Jul. 22nd, 2016 12:40 am (UTC)
Oh, Frodo, how lovely, as he passes on the compassion that others have shared with him to Lobelia. Very Frodo.
blslarner
Aug. 11th, 2016 04:04 am (UTC)
Indeed, very Frodo. He has been granted grace, and he's intent on sharing that grace as he can. It is too bad Lotho couldn't see this side of Frodo as well, much less that Saruman rejected it.
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