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Author: Shirebound
Title: “In Ships Made of Dreams”
Rating: G
Characters: Frodo, Bilbo, Celebrían, Elrond, Erestor
Challenge: Choose a line from the hobbits' walking song in the chapter ‘Three’s Company’ from The Fellowship of the Ring, and write a story or poem or create a work of art based on that line.
Summary: In the West, Frodo and Bilbo are encouraged to try something new.
Word Count: 786


“Mist and twilight, cloud and shade,
Away shall fade! Away shall fade!
Fire and lamp, and meat and bread,
And then to bed! And then to bed!”

There was a cry of approbation when Frodo finished his song, and he bowed and resumed his seat on the high cushions on which he and Bilbo enjoyed the entertainments in the Great Hall of Avallonë. The Elves then turned in expectation to Bilbo, who delighted them by repeating the song in Quenya in a somewhat shaky but still tuneful voice. The listeners, especially those who knew little or no Westron, clapped and asked to hear it again, to which Bilbo happily obliged. Finished, he bowed deeply, flushed and pleased.

“Thank you, friends.” Celebrían sat near the hobbits with her husband and Erestor. “As you are learning about us through our songs, so we continue to learn more about your folk.”

“I fear that you may learn no more,” Frodo said with a rueful smile, taking a sip of the excellent wine. “Over these years, I think that Bilbo and I have emptied our memories of every song we know.” He gazed fondly at his uncle. “Bilbo wrote most of them long ago, and they are no doubt sung throughout the Shire to this day.”

“Surely you know a few more songs?” Erestor asked in dismay.

“Hobbits have not thousands of years in which to pour out endless prose, my friend,” Frodo said with a laugh. “Bilbo, do you remember any other...” His voice trailed off when he saw that his uncle was absorbed with writing something in a small book of bound pages. “Uncle, are you writing again?” he asked, delighted.

Bilbo nodded, slowly looking up from the blank page on which he had scrawled a single line.

“It’s true, my lad, I haven’t written poetry in ever so long, but I had a dream last night that... filled me with such peace. I remembered nothing else about it when I woke, save for one line of verse. It just came back to me:

“Set sail through the Music so long ago sung.”

Frodo’s jaw dropped in surprise. “Bilbo, I woke this morning with a bit of verse in my head, as well!” He closed his eyes for a moment, trying to remember.

“There's no growing old, while the Sea is still young.”

“Well now... that’s rather a comforting thought for someone as old as I am,” Bilbo said, repeating the line to himself.

"That is quite a nice beginning,” Elrond said encouragingly. “Why do you not write something together?”

“What a splendid notion!” Bilbo said.

“Together?” Frodo chuckled. “Bilbo, why didn’t we ever think of that?”

Erestor looked at the hobbits thoughtfully.

“My friends, your hearts and spirits are becoming as much a part of the West even as they resonate to your sweet Shire. I can think of few things more inspiring than the Music that came before all songs, and the Sea in which we will hear Its essence for as long as Arda endures.”

Frodo suddenly took up Bilbo’s pen and book, and swiftly put down two more lines that seemed to flow effortlessly from the first two.

Through starlight we fly in fiery streams,
Past mountains of crystal in ships made of dreams...

As Frodo and Bilbo huddled together over the page, oblivious to all else, Elrond quietly rose to his feet, and Celebrían and Erestor did the same.

“I suspect we will be hearing a new song very soon,” Erestor said happily, as they left the hobbits. “Lord Irmo has gifted our friends with a shared vision that will, if we are fortunate, be the first of many.”

After what seemed like just a few minutes, Frodo looked up from the pages he and Bilbo had filled with poetry, and was startled to see that the Hall was empty. Through the open roof, he observed that the stars of evening had set and the sky was beginning to lighten. He gently touched Bilbo’s shoulder.

“My goodness, have we been at it all night?” Bilbo asked. He yawned and stretched. “Is there any wine left? Writing is thirsty work.”

Frodo refilled their glasses, overjoyed to see a glow in Bilbo’s eyes that he had been sorely missing. With a glad smile, he raised his goblet.

“It appears we’re in for a new adventure, Uncle.”

Bilbo beamed at him happily. “And whyever not? Remember what I taught you, dear boy? About the Road?”

“It goes ever on and on,” Frodo said quietly.

“Indeed it does,” Bilbo agreed. He and Frodo listened as the distant, sweet voices of Elves sang the stars to their rest, and the Sun into a new day. “Indeed it does.”

** END **


( 31 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 27th, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
How very sweet! I loved that you had the Music continue for the two hobbits far across the Sundering Sea.

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 27th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I feel that in the West these special hobbits would become even more attuned to the Music, and continue their creativity in new ways.
Jul. 27th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
ah, that's nice! I like the new song -- very poetic!
Jul. 27th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Frodo and Bilbo (and the Elves) will enjoy the new song, I think. :)
Jul. 27th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Lovely! :)
Jul. 27th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
Jul. 27th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
Brava! Marvelous! I could picture/hear the scene as I read it, which (to me) is one of the best things you can say about a story.
Jul. 27th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
What a lovely compliment! Thank you. :)
Jul. 27th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, how delightful! I love that Bilbo began to write poetry again and Frodo with him. This is such a joy, thank you. :)
Jul. 27th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Addie! It's very important to me that the hobbits are happy, creative, and appreciated in the West.
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Jul. 27th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
That's the highest compliment indeed! Thank you so much, my friend. I'm honored.
Jul. 28th, 2012 12:22 am (UTC)
*loves.* especially the poetry.
Jul. 28th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you. *happy*
Jul. 28th, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC)
This is really soothing and calming fic to read! So nice that the hobbits are finding things to do and writing together seems indeed something they may do together :) good job !!!
Jul. 28th, 2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love to imagine the hobbits' (happy and peaceful) lives in the West.
Jul. 29th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
Oh Shirebound! This is so lovely! I love the way you show Bilbo's and Frodo's relationship-- they are so sufficient to each other, and understand one another so well!

And I love that the Elves are able to appreciate the Shire's music, and the songs of these two little mortals who have come among them!

I'd love to see the completed poem some day-- perhaps you will grace us with it one of these days.
Jul. 29th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, what a lovely thing to say! And thank you for continuing to give us such inspiring challenges. I hope to participate again soon.

I do love our 'two little mortals'. :)

*hugs you a lot*
Jul. 29th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
How wonderful to see these two sharing the work of creating a new poem together! Their ability to use their imaginations will keep both of them young and vital in spirit!
Jul. 29th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
You're so kind to review here as well. I love to imagine Frodo and Bilbo being rejuvenated in spirit (at least) in the West.
Jul. 29th, 2012 08:04 am (UTC)
This was just beautiful, so moving and vivid!I loved it!
Jul. 29th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
Jul. 30th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
Oh, this made me smile! It was so wonderful to watch them in the midst of creation, and to see them rejuvinated enough to do it. Of course the songs they wrote would not end at the crossing of the Sea. Very nice!
Jul. 30th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so pleased you like this.
Jul. 31st, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
What a delightful story, shirebound. So far, I have mainly read stories of Frodo in the West that are full of homesickness and loss. But this one is so full of hope. And that is the way I like to imagine Frodo after he left Middle Earth. Thank you.
Jul. 31st, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading! ALL of my stories of Frodo in the West revolve around growth, healing, respect, and peace. I've enjoyed writing every one of them.

(If you ever want a list, let me know.) :)
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Aug. 10th, 2012 05:23 am (UTC)
Oh, this lovely! I adore seeing Frodo so happy after going West---I think that's why he WENT West. I think he found great happiness there.
Aug. 10th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for reading! It makes my heart happy to imagine Frodo this happy. I know you feel the same way.
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