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Pairs Challenge

Author: lady_branwyn
Title:The Roses of Imloth Melui
Rating:G
Theme:Pairs Challenge
Elements:rose, thorn
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Author's Notes:It all belongs to the Tolkien Estate, I am just borrowing.
Summary:
Word Count:100



Kingsfoil did not hail from the lineage of the rose,
Yet its scent stirred memories of the fields of Imloth Melui.

Ioreth and her cousin worked in the summer sun
Filling the baskets with petals,
Blood-red, white and motley pink.
Their sweet fumigation hung in the air.

Boiled with honey or steeped in vinegar,
The flowers cured headache and soothed the catarrh.
Sighing, Ioreth stopped to draw a thorn from her glove.
“Never was there rose that had no thorn.”


Grief and weariness were lifted from her mind
As the scent of southern roses cleared the air of the sickroom.

Comments

( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
blslarner
Nov. 16th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
How perfect for the prompt, Branwyn! Lovely images here!
lady_branwyn
Nov. 24th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
Thanks for the kind comments!
clodia_metelli
Nov. 16th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
That's so elegant and such beautiful imagery. Thank you!
lady_branwyn
Nov. 24th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
Thanks for commenting, and I love your icon!
clodia_metelli
Nov. 24th, 2010 11:01 am (UTC)
Thanks!
labourslamp
Nov. 16th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
I love the way you focused on the healing properties of the rose--both past and present, physical and spiritual. Good job!
lady_branwyn
Nov. 24th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for your kind review! When I checked in a few old herbals, I was surprised to find that roses did have medicinal uses in the old days.
dreamflower02
Nov. 16th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
There are a lot of things to love about this: first of all, seeing it cast into verse rather than prose, and very elegant verse at that. Then there is the lovely imagery, evoking the scent and the healing properties of the rose, and finally that it is in the POV of Ioreth. She's often portrayed mostly as comic relief. It's nice to see her in a serious and pensive mood, affected by the athelas and the memory of roses.
lady_branwyn
Nov. 24th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
I didn't set out to write a poem--the words just sort of fell on the page that way, lol! It's funny how Tolkien emphasizes Ioreth's garrulousness, but then he has Gandalf refer to her as "wise woman of Gondor." I always figured that they wouldn't have kept her around for the Siege if she hadn't been both extremely knowledgeable and level-headed.
I am glad that you liked this and thanks for commenting!
thunderatiger
Nov. 16th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
I love the idea that the scent of kingsfoil reaches out to remind others of things not necessarily related to the plant itself. And smell is such a powerful tool for memory and healing. You really tap into it in this drabble!
lady_branwyn
Nov. 24th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
It is odd how sometimes a scent can evoke a more vivd memory than any image or sound.
If I had been there, the athelas would have smelled like freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies. :)
Thanks for commenting!
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lady_branwyn
Nov. 24th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
I am glad that you enjoyed it, and thanks for commenting. :)
wormwood_7
Nov. 16th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
This is lovely about the effect of kingsfoil on the mind and the memories unleashed. Very unusual. Thanks for sharing :)
lady_branwyn
Nov. 24th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
I wonder if the scent of athelas would have reminded Imrahil of the wind off the ocean, or if Eomer would have smelled freshly-cut hay. Something that was a memory of home.
Thanks for commenting!
lindahoyland
Nov. 17th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
Just beautiful! I loved this!
lady_branwyn
Nov. 24th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
Thanks--I am glad you liked it.
paranoidangel42
Nov. 17th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
I do like the descriptions of the roses in this.
lady_branwyn
Nov. 24th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
For the motley pink flowers, I was imagining the bicolored variety of the old apothecary's rose--rosa mundi.
Thanks for commenting. :)
paranoidangel42
Nov. 24th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
Those are pretty.
mrowe
Nov. 20th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Ahhh.... That's quite a lovely poetic interpretation.
lady_branwyn
Nov. 24th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!
someplacetobe
Nov. 26th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
I was caught by the italicised text, lulled by its rhythms and immersed in its imagery.
foxrafer
Dec. 11th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
How lovely this is, beautifully visceral.
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