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Far Down the Withywindle by Clodia

Author: clodia_metelli
Title: Far Down the Withywindle
Rating: G
Theme: January Potluck (February 2011's Hearts & Flowers)
Elements: unrequited love, great heart, lily (purity)
Author's Notes: A ficlet to follow Down the Withywindle and Deeper down the Withywindle.
Summary: Old Tom Bombadil sits sighing by the Withywindle...
Word Count: 300


Old Tom Bombadil sits sighing by the Withywindle...

‘Old’ they call him even now, but he will be older, so much older: now he is young, as young as the spring and the dawn, which is as young as it can be, since the Sun herself is only a few seasons old... how many, Tom forgets, but only a handful, no more than could be gathered into his weathered palm... he saw her rise. He saw the white Moon come up before her, and the Sun rising after, and her brilliance swimming in the brown lazy depths of the river at its deepest. He laughed his merry laugh and went away through the woods, shaking his head over the grandeur of it all, and the madness. The world may change and change again and old Tom Bombadil shall still be young, for what has he to do with any of this? Great is his heart, light is his head. He cares only for his own concerns.

All around weep the willows, bending under blackened skies. The wind wails in the woods, whips up waves from the river. Such a torrent! such a storm! How it tosses the lilies and the rushes. How it stirs the deep pools...

Goldberry will not come. She coils deep under the bank in the calmest of hollows, awaiting the passing of the storm. Then she will dart out again, then dress herself in lily-leaves and sing water-songs in the rushes, then her tresses will ripple golden, bright as sunlight streaming over pebble-beds. Then she will tease him, then she will leap up and tug at his beard, his brown hair. Then she will show her teeth and laugh.

Old Tom heaves a heavy sigh. If only, he thinks, if only she may still have his hat!


Comments

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claudia603
Jan. 17th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
This was beautiful and lyrical!
clodia_metelli
Jan. 17th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I like to play about with very short ficlets.
engarian
Jan. 17th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
So perfect, so Tom Bombadil. You have captured the essence of this will-o-the-wisp character and made it sing to your own tune. Simply lovely.

- Erulisse (one L)
clodia_metelli
Jan. 17th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! 'Will-o-the-wisp character' is a great description for Tom, I think. He's always fun to play with, anyway.
blslarner
Jan. 17th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
So beautiful a look at Tom and Goldberry, not yet wed and living together in his house by the hill. And I love his last thoughts of his hat in her hands!
clodia_metelli
Jan. 17th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I always have fun with Tom and Goldberry; I'm glad you enjoyed it too!
dreamflower02
Jan. 17th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
I just adore your Tom/Goldberry! There really should be more fanfic about these two-- I love that you are filling those gaps.

And this is so beautifully done-- I love that he doesn't know how old the Sun is, but guesses it can't be long since he remembers her coming!

And the line about the hat made me grin.
clodia_metelli
Jan. 17th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm not filling the gaps fast, but it's fun to do now and then. I rather love Tom and Goldberry too - they're one of those odd, mischievous corners of ME that's easily forgotten. I'm so glad you like this!
shadowbrides
Jan. 17th, 2012 10:54 am (UTC)
This was great! I like how loose and somewhat disordered his thoughts appear - perfect for the character.
clodia_metelli
Jan. 17th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I don't think either of them are particularly 'with it' - all part of the fun.
someplacetobe
Jan. 17th, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
How gorgeously this fits for Tom!
clodia_metelli
Jan. 17th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm very glad you think so!
curiouswombat
Jan. 17th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
I do like young Old Tom - you capture his whimsicality so nicely.
clodia_metelli
Jan. 17th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I always find whimsy fun to write, and Tom and Goldberry's especially.
alfirineth
Jan. 18th, 2012 06:25 am (UTC)
A different aspect of Tom Bombadil and Goldberry. I liked it! Very beautifully written.
clodia_metelli
Jan. 18th, 2012 09:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! I always have fun with Tom and Goldberry, and I think you can play around in a ficlet in a way that might be overkill in a longer fic. I'm glad you liked it!
lindahoyland
Jan. 18th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Just delightful. I can imagine Tom thinking just like this.
clodia_metelli
Jan. 18th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Tom's an odd character, so I'm very glad you think this fits him!
huinare
Jan. 20th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
"The world may change and change again and old Tom Bombadil shall still be young, for what has he to do with any of this?"
Very well-worded!

I read the other two ficlets you linked as well; love your Tom and Goldberry.
clodia_metelli
Jan. 22nd, 2012 11:33 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! I love the froth and mischief of Tom and Goldberry; it's fun to write now and then. I'm very glad you liked my versions of them!
foxrafer
Jan. 27th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
He laughed his merry laugh and went away through the woods, shaking his head over the grandeur of it all, and the madness. The world may change and change again and old Tom Bombadil shall still be young, for what has he to do with any of this?

So very Tom, and this whole piece is really lovely.
clodia_metelli
Jan. 27th, 2012 10:37 am (UTC)
Thank you! Tom is always fun; I'm very glad you think this fits him!
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