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Renewal - Linda Hoyland

Author: Linda Hoyland
Title:
Renewal
Rating: G
Theme: Spring/green
Elements: Emerald
Author's Notes:
Summary: Aragorn enjoys a few moments of reflection at Cormallen
Word Count: 577
These characters all belong to the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. This story was written for pleasure and not for financial gain



Away from his guards and the bustle of the camp, Aragorn walked, at a slower pace than was his custom, through the glades of Cormallen. The soft, fresh leaves of beech, culumalda and linden were at their fairest, bright emerald- hued and moist with early morning dewdrops. Water from a sparkling stream rippled over a bed of stones. Had ever a spring morning been so beautiful?

This was the spring that he had not thought he would live to see. He had briefly escaped from the camp and his now ever present guards, for he knew he needed this short time walking alone to reflect and to renew his strength. So much had happened, so much had changed.
Aragorn glanced down at the brooch he wore upon his breast and on a sudden impulse, unpinned it, and cradled it in his palm. He had cherished Galadriel’s precious gift from the moment he had received it. The gift had brought the hope that his heart’s desire would be realised. Its power had helped him revive Faramir, Lady Éowyn, the Hobbits, and countless others. Yet he had not until today enjoyed a moment of leisure to really look upon it.

He turned the eagle shaped brooch over in his hand. How apt for one who had once been known as the “eagle of the star”! It was the stone, though, that caught the eye. At first glance, it might be taken to be an emerald, but no emerald could so capture the clear light of sunlight shining through spring leaves.

Aragorn knew this stone had come to Galadriel as a token that the Valar had not forsaken Middle-earth, a gem with the power to heal and renew. Soon, he would be crowned, and as King, would labour to rebuild what the Dark Lord had destroyed. He was both Elessar and Envinyatar. His labours were far from over, they were just beginning, but now his heart was full of hope and joy. No longer was he a weary and oft despised Ranger, but the King of Men, thanks to the courage and endurance of Frodo and Sam. Today he would awaken them and give them the honour that was their due.

He smiled as he thought of his plans. He would slip away so that they would awaken with Gandalf beside them. He would surprise them with his new estate. He had asked Faramir to send the finest of Gondor’s minstrels to sing their praises. Sam especially would enjoy that. Then there would be a feast fit for Hobbits to enjoy!

Aragorn held up the brooch so that the sunlight sparkled and scattered on the facets of the gem, casting a shower of emeralds on the path. Then he carefully re-pinned the brooch upon his cloak.

The King of the Western Lands stood for a moment, with his eyes closed, relishing the sun on his face and the gentle breeze filled with the fresh scents of springtime, caressing his face and playing with his hair. Birds sang sweetly from high in the treetops, calling to their mates.

He opened his eyes again and drank in the beauty around him; emerald leaves and grass, trees laden with blossom, the unshadowed blue sky, the abundance of daffodils and lilies. Butterflies and damselflies fluttered amongst the blossoms. It were as if Lady Yavanna herself had walked amongst these glades and blessed them.

His heart full of thankfulness, Aragorn prepared to honour the Hobbits.

Comments

( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
ellynn_ithilwen
Mar. 17th, 2012 11:22 am (UTC)
This is spring - and not just a mere turn of the seasons - but a true spring coming to Middle-earth. You described it so perfectly and beautifully.
lindahoyland
Mar. 17th, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, I'm pleased you enjoyed this and felt I captured that special spring.
engarian
Mar. 17th, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)
How perfect, the renewal of life, hope and dreams.

- Erulisse (one L)
lindahoyland
Mar. 17th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
shirebound
Mar. 17th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
The King of the Western Lands stood for a moment, with his eyes closed, relishing the sun on his face and the gentle breeze filled with the fresh scents of springtime

What a peaceful, wonderful moment for him. I really like this time of reflection, and gratitude, and looking toward a hopeful future.
lindahoyland
Mar. 17th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm so pleased you enjoyed this!
someplacetobe
Mar. 17th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
I really like the descriptions of his surroundings here; I feel as though I were walking with him!

One thing: was a bold tag left open? It's no big thing but it really distracts from the text.
lindahoyland
Mar. 17th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm so pleased you enjoyed this. I fear I'm clueless with HMTL and use rich text on my own LJ.
someplacetobe
Mar. 17th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome and, ah! I have no idea how to use the rich text editor!
foxrafer
Mar. 17th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
You can both see and feel the renewal of the land and the people in this; a lovely moment.
lindahoyland
Mar. 17th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
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lindahoyland
Mar. 17th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
claudia603
Mar. 18th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
oh, this was beautiful!
blslarner
Mar. 24th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
Oh, how proper, how wonderful the honor he feels and shows. And how worthy he is of the honor he receives in return. I do love this one so, Linda!
lindahoyland
Mar. 24th, 2012 06:03 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, I'm delighted that you enjoyed this so much!
virtuella
Apr. 2nd, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
This is a lovely and refreshing vision of a spring much hoped for. And "a feast fit for Hobbits" is a delightful thing to plan, especially for a king!
lindahoyland
Apr. 3rd, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm pleased you enjoyed this.
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