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The Clayhanger-Took Nuptials

Author: Dreamflower
Title: The Clayhanger-Took Nuptials
Rating: G
Theme: The dark side of love
Elements: I chose to use these five words from my list: furry, esteem, beneath, regard and reside.
Author's Notes: All the characters in these three drabbles are minor canon characters, appearing in the Family Trees of Appendix C, except for Lalia, whose dramatic story appears only in Tolkien's Letter #214.
Summary: Sometimes two people are not quite in love the same way. A three-drabble set.
Word Count: 300

The Clayhanger-Took Nuptials



Fortinbras' eyes gleamed as he gazed at his bride-to-be, standing at the top of the grand staircase leading to the ballroom, the only such staircase, the only such ballroom in the Shire. She was a handsome lass, her hair the color of wheat, her eyes so dark a brown as to be nearly black, her feet so trim and furry. He couldn't get enough of her beauty. She was witty, too, always ready with a sharp quip and a hearty laugh. They had so much fun! He just knew she'd fit in well among the Tooks. How he loved her!

Lalia's eyes glittered as she gazed around the ballroom, festooned with flowers, the chandeliers glowing, the floors beneath shining, tables draped with fine white linens hanging nearly to the floor, and laden with food: so much food beautifully prepared, by the hands of so many servants. Servants who would be hers to command, for she would reside here. Her bridegroom stared up at her, good-looking and amiable, but most of all he adored her. Soon she'd be wed to the Thain's grandson. One day she'd be the Thain's Lady, esteemed first lady of the Shire. How she loved that idea!

Gerontius' eyes glistened as he glanced down at the marriage contract on the table. In a few minutes seven signatures in red ink would seal his grandson's fate and that of a generation of Tooks. He looked at Fortinbras standing at his right hand, his face filled with joy, his cousin Adalgrim standing witness beside him. He regarded the bride's approach, her face filled with triumph, her aunt Camellia Sackville-Baggins at her elbow. He swallowed his fear.

“I have before me two hobbits who have come with a petition of marriage. Who will vouch for them?”

How he hated this!

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shirebound
Feb. 16th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
What a fascinating look at a momentous occasion.

her feet so trim and furry.... awwwww. Even Lalia isn't all bad. :)
dreamflower02
Feb. 16th, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
She must have had some good qualities to attract young Fortinbras! It's a shame that she was so superficial.
lindahoyland
Feb. 16th, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
Brilliantly captured!
dreamflower02
Feb. 17th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!
blslarner
Feb. 17th, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
It appears that Fortinbras was well smitten. Too bad that she did not show the rest of the Tooks what she displayed to him, and that being The Took and The Thain's Lady meant more to her than being Fortinbras' wife! I love this examination of the character of one of Tolkien's most famous characters who never appeared in The Sil, The Hobbit, or LOTR.
dreamflower02
Feb. 17th, 2013 02:12 am (UTC)
Like Lobelia (and like my OFC Hyacinth) Lalia was one more taken with the privilege and prestige she would gain by marriage than she was by her husband.

Once the marriage was made, I think Lalia ceased to try and display any good qualities. Her goal achieved, she sat about trying to dominate her new family.
someplacetobe
Feb. 17th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
Brilliantly written.

She must have had some good qualities as well, for young Fortinbrasz to notice her and want to marry her ...
dreamflower02
Feb. 17th, 2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
Well, as I tried to indicate in Fortinbras' POV, she was attractive and witty (which indicates both intelligence and a sense of humor). But so long as she loved what her intended represented (wealth and status) more than she did him, it was not slated to end well--for the Tooks, at least.

I think she was fond of him (she considered him "amiable" and good-looking) so it might not have been so bad a match for the two of them--but her ambition would have made things difficult at best.
foxrafer
Feb. 17th, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
Makes me feel a bit bad for Fortinbras, but hopefully there'll be something that will make him happy.
dreamflower02
Feb. 17th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
I hope that he never really realizes she didn't love him for himself--and they do have a son, which I am sure made him happy.
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dreamflower02
Feb. 17th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I really enjoyed trying to make each one fit with the others to give a complete picture.
curiouswombat
Feb. 17th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
Oh dear - poor Tooks - a cuckoo just landed in their nest.

What a perfect insight into all three involved at that moment!
dreamflower02
Feb. 17th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
Indeed she did; and in "my-verse" she's an influence on another who is more interested in status than in love.

Thank you! I really wanted to show the three POVs, and how they fitted together.
mrowe
Feb. 22nd, 2013 10:02 am (UTC)
A momentous occasion indeed...
dreamflower02
Feb. 22nd, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Lalia had a singular influence on an entire generation of Tooks--not necessarily a good one...
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