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Before their Eyes -- by Larner

Title: Before their Eyes
Author: Larner
Rating: G
Element: King and Queen
Beta: RiverOtter
Author's Notes: For AnnMarwalk for her birthday, with much love.
Summary: What can the Hobbits of the Shire think when they first behold the King and Queen of Gondor and Arnor combined?
Word Count: 100




Before their Eyes


The Hobbits of the Shire stared in fascination. Long had they said “When the King returns” and meant Never! But today King and Queen stood upon the Brandywine Bridge and gave honor to the Mayor, the Master, and the Thain and their Ladies, and laughed at Pippin Took’s sallies, nodded at Sam Gamgee’s aphorisms, and spoke of future plans with Merry Brandybuck. When the King lifted a glass of wine in honor of Frodo Baggins, though, all were surprised to see tears in his eyes, and grief on the Queen’s face.

But he cared not for the Shire, they thought.

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bfb
Nov. 16th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
Hmm, this is a really thought provoking piece, to imagine the general attitude and sentiment hobbits had towards their new rulers. I never really thought about that but there must have been a lot of mixed feelings about it. Wonder and surprise that there was finally a king after all that time, but also mistrust and worry about what would happen to their land, especially after Saruman's work. Kudos on a brilliant drabble!
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks so, BFB. For the Hobbits, first to appreciate there WERE such folk as the King and Queen must have been a shock, followed by the realization that they grieved for Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit they failed to appreciate properly, for the most part. They have a good deal to sort through now!
shirebound
Nov. 16th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
They'll probably never know just how much he *did* care for the Shire. What a moment that must have been for everyone.
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
No, most of the Hobbits of the Shire failed to appreciate just how much Frodo loved them and their land, much less what he sacrificed for them. But, to see the King and Queen with their own eyes...! How I wish I could have stood with them on that day when Aragorn and Arwen came north!
clodia_metelli
Nov. 16th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
You've fitted so many layers into so few words, this is beautifully nuanced. The inner circle, and then the rest of the Shire watching and marvelling and doubting. Lovely!
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Most of the Hobbits of the Shire were at a loss, I'm certain, to appreciate just what having this pair of rulers meant to all of them; and few of those outside those who'd known Frodo well appreciated just what he meant to the freedom from fear they now knew. Thanks so for your lovely comments, Clodia.
just_ann_now
Nov. 16th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
Long had they said “When the King returns” and meant Never!

Haha, that is so true! Legends out of the past coming to life, and the Hobbits of the Shire have to find a way to deal. Good thing their King is one who has long loved and protected them, even if they didn't ever know it.

When the King lifted a glass of wine in honor of Frodo Baggins, though, all were surprised to see tears in his eyes, and grief on the Queen’s face.

It is a very thought-provoking drabble, as bfb and others have said. And very telling (for eyes to see as can) that the king and queen's greatest tribute is for Frodo, the most humble and reclusive of the Travelers. I wonder how many hobbits will see that and ponder what it all means. Beautifully written, thank you so much!

blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Ann. And thanks so much for all you have given to me and my writing over the past few years. Joy to you as the holidays approach.
gamgeefest
Nov. 16th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
I'm sure the Mayor, Master and Thain will be more than happy to tell them just how much the King and Queen do care for the Shire. Whether they'll be believed it another issue. What a wonderful glimpse at this momentous occasion.
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Not only what the King and Queen do for the Shire, but for what Frodo DID for love of the land that gave him birth as well. Am so glad you appreciate what that moment meant to the remaining three Travellers.
addie71
Nov. 16th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
It's sad that hobbits in general will never understand just how much their King cares for them.

When the King lifted a glass of wine in honor of Frodo Baggins, though, all were surprised to see tears in his eyes, and grief on the Queen’s face. *weeps with the King*

blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
They cannot appreciate either the King's or Frodo's love for them. I, too, grieve with King and Queen.
goldvermilion87
Nov. 16th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Beautiful!
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Goldvermilion.
labourslamp
Nov. 16th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
That last line is such a zinger, as I'm sure they're talking about Frodo, given how I remember your characterizing a number of hobbits' reactions to him. It completely changes the tone of everything else, and made me at least reread it in a new light. Well done!
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, I meant Frodo, although some think I'm speaking of the King here. And thank you so--you have obviously caught just what I intended!
dreamflower02
Nov. 16th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
What a moment for the Shire! That glass lifted in tribute, the tears and grief-- that will have more meaning to some than to others.

Beautifully done on so many levels.
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, that grief is more than most Hobbits perhaps appreciate, as few realize just how much Frodo and the King both sacrificed for their safety and restoration over the years.
periantari
Nov. 16th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
Very interesting perspective! Thought-provoking as always!
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you so, Periantari. And it is to provoke thought that I write, I find.
ellynn_ithilwen
Nov. 16th, 2010 09:42 am (UTC)
Wonderful!
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you so, Ellynn!
curiouswombat
Nov. 16th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
What a perfect drabble - so much in so little. And that bitter little note at the end - so few hobbits ever could understand just how much Frodo loved the shire, and gave for it.
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
And that is just how I see it, after all, CW. Thank you so very much!
thunderatiger
Nov. 16th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow! I had never thought of all the old sayings (and that's a beauty, "when the King returns") that might get thrown out the window when the King actually DOES return. It's good to see that the Shire remains ignorant, if not completely innocent, concerning what happened in the world around them. But it's still a painful pill to swallow for those who fought and died on their behalf and will never be known to them.
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Well, today that old adage has indeed been proven outdated if it ever was! And so many Rangers and others such as Frodo gave so much for the safety and restoration of their land. May the Hobbits come to appreciate just how much that means as time goes on!
wormwood_7
Nov. 16th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
This is a beautifully paced drabble, and really poignant, down to the bitter last line. Thanks for sharing this.
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Wormwood. Yes, a rather bitter last line, but one a few I hope will appreciate in time was not true to begin with. And thank you.
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blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
I am truly honored, Mercurie. Thank you so!
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