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Musing, by Cathleen





Author: Cathleen
Title: Musing
Rating: G
Theme: Fixed-length ficlet: Short and Sweet
Elements: 350 words
Beta: Dreamflower
Summary: During a short interlude before the Coronation, Gandalf ponders.
Word Count: 350




“Musing”

They pay no attention to a wizard as they scurry about, preparing for the most significant day Minas Tirith has seen since the defeat of Sauron. It is the crowning of the first king Gondor has known in countless generations, and I am thrilled to be taking part.

I watch them with amusement as they run to and fro, reminding me of a pack of hunting dogs hot on the trail of a frantic rabbit. Everywhere I look, evidence of the momentous occasion is making its mark on the White City. Travellers from faraway places arrive daily. The people of Gondor seem to take the activity in stride. The air is filled with an excitement and anticipation I have not felt in Middle-earth since. . .well, I am not certain I have ever sensed an atmosphere quite like this.

I retire to the inner rooms of the Citadel where a weary wizard might take some rest before the evening celebration, pausing before the door to the mighty Throne Room. My eyes trail to the Steward’s place where young Peregrin Took had knelt and sworn his fealty to Denethor. It was a rash act, yet one committed with the lad’s genuineness of heart. The Steward had eyed the youth with a hunger for information; I knew he would do naught but use Pippin for his own purposes.

But when I had seen Pippin clad in the silver and black livery, the White Tree of the King adorning his chest and the look of hopeful pride in his eyes, I recalled how much he had already endured. The journey had tempered him with strength and purpose. At that moment my heart had leaped with pride and I suppose it had shown in my face because Pippin had graced me with one of his engaging smiles. Ah, hobbit fortitude is truly amazing.

***

I lower the gleaming crown with a smile. Aragorn answers with a smile of his own before turning to greet his people. King Elessar places one foot in front of the other, taking the first step on a journey of peace.

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shirebound
Jul. 21st, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
This is a rarely seen POV. Wonderful!

Awwww, Pippin. :)
ceshaughnessy
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Shirebound!
dreamflower02
Jul. 21st, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
I'm a sucker for Gandalf's POV, especially when he is thinking about hobbits! *grin*

I love his trying to find a quiet moment alone amidst the chaos.
ceshaughnessy
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
I am also a big fan of Gandalf's POV. Thanks so much, Dreamflower!!
ex_lbilover
Jul. 21st, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this POV and especially Gandalf's thoughts about Pippin. They made my heart leap with pride. :)) Love that last line- the first step on a journey of peace. How very true. Thank you! :)
ceshaughnessy
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thank *you*! I'm so pleased you enjoyed Gandalf's thoughts!!
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ceshaughnessy
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
I'm also a great fan of theire relationship and enjoyed watching them interact in the movies. I thought that Gandalf probably had a lot of pride in Pippin for coming through everything so well and proving himself.
curiouswombat
Jul. 21st, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
What a lovely, thoughtful, piece. Thank you.
ceshaughnessy
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to know you liked it! Thanks so much!!
pearltook1
Jul. 21st, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Lovely! A perspective I don't think I've read before. Well Done, Cathleen. :-)
ceshaughnessy
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon! *Hugs*
blslarner
Jul. 21st, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
There have been so many changes made--peace instead of an unending defensive war; a King again rather than a Steward; Hobbits amongst the Guards of the Citadel; and in a relatively short time the Grey Pilgrim will be able to resume his true identity again for the first time in slightly better than half an age! And he has seen it all to fruition!
ceshaughnessy
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, and an exciting future ahead for all, I think. Thanks so much, Bonnie!! *Hugs*
harrowcatliz
Jul. 21st, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
A great POV for this Cathleen. Love the pondering about Pippin.
ceshaughnessy
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm very pleased you enjoyed it and thank you so much for taking the time to let me know!!
foxrafer
Jul. 21st, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
This is great. I particularly love Gandalf's thoughts about Pippin. That relationship always made me so happy and you bring it out beautifully here.
ceshaughnessy
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
*Grin* Thank you for such kind comments!!
gamgeefest
Jul. 22nd, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
This is nice quiet moment for a busy wizard to sit and reflect at the end of his great task.
ceshaughnessy
Jul. 22nd, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
I am always imagining Gandalf with a great many deep thoughts and it is always fun for me to write his pov. Thanks so much for reading!!
lindahoyland
Jul. 22nd, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed seeing this great day through Gandalf's eyes. Most enjoyable!
ceshaughnessy
Jul. 22nd, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Linda! So pleased to know you liked my wee tale!!
someplacetobe
Jul. 22nd, 2010 07:25 am (UTC)
This glimpse into Gandalf's mind was one I enjoyed. Thank you.
ceshaughnessy
Jul. 22nd, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
I just think Gandalf is a fun character to write! Glad you liked, thank you for commenting!!
someplacetobe
Jul. 23rd, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
You're very welcome!
periantari
Jul. 27th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
i loved this: The journey had tempered him with strength and purpose. At that moment my heart had leaped with pride and I suppose it had shown in my face because Pippin had graced me with one of his engaging smiles. Ah, hobbit fortitude is truly amazing.

Indeed the journey did change Pippin-- he grew so much after the Quest.
Very nice introspection from Gandalf. :)
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