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The Least of Rings by Dreamflower, Part 12

Author: Dreamflower
Title: The Least of Rings
Rating: G
Theme: "All Things are Possible" AU
Elements: This story-starter-- "In the Springtime, birds a-wing time, all hearts are merry and light!"
Author's Notes: This story was inspired by Tolkien's original version of The Hobbit. The relevant passage is quoted at the beginning—taken from the original 1937 edition of The Hobbit.
There will be acknowledgements and special notes at the end of the relevant parts.
Summary: Bilbo picked up a very interesting trinket on his journey with the Dwarves…and it's not what you think. (A series of 500 word vignettes)
Word Count: 500 in each part

Part 12

25 Winterfilth, S.R. 1418

It was clear that having arrived in Rivendell, the four hobbits would stay awhile. Frodo's original plan had been to remain until after he and Bilbo could celebrate their Birthday together, but Master Elrond asked him to remain longer, for he had called for the White Council to gather in October, and there were others who were coming.

"But why do I need to be there, Gandalf? My ring is not the One."

"Because your story remains part of the tale, and because you represent the Shire."

"But Gandalf…"

"Wait for the Council; you shall hear all."

Frodo sat back and looked at his friends. Merry, Pippin and Sam all looked as curious as well. "Uncle Bilbo?"

"I'm invited, too," he replied. "We'll soon know the tale."

"I wish I was," said Pippin. "I think after being chased through the wild and getting here by the skin of our teeth, we deserve to hear the full tale."

Suddenly a single clear bell rang out. It was the signal for the Council to begin.*

Each person there had a story to tell, and Frodo's story was quite surprising.

"But," exclaimed Boromir of Gondor, "if the Enemy's Ring has not been found, then why are we having this Council."

Gandalf stood forth. "We said that Frodo's Ring is not the One Ring. We have not said that the One has not been found. It has indeed been found, and if my colleague has been successful it will be brought to an end at any time now."

"Frodo's Ring, the least of the rings of power, one of the lesser rings merely made for practice, was the key to discovering that there had been a traitor in the White Council. It also gave an opening for my brother Radagast to deal with the One Ring—which he was given the grace to discover.

"For years, both Radagast and I had suspicions of where the One might be. I was misled by the presence of the lesser ring in the Shire, while Radagast had concentrated his efforts on the rumour of a giant pike in the Anduin. It was his belief that it had swallowed the One Ring for the rumours existed far longer than the lifetime of a single creature.

It was when Radagast discovered Saruman's treachery that we made the plans for the Ring's destruction. Because Saruman began to believe I was right about the Ring being in the Shire, Sauron learned of his belief. So even though the ring Frodo held was not what he sought, I wished to get him away from the Shire. Meanwhile, Radagast returned and set his own plan in motion. By seeking the help of birds and beasts, he has been bringing the Ring close to its destruction without ever laying his own hand to it."

There was a stunned silence. Then the faces of Gandalf, Elrond, and the Lady Galadriel were transfixed with joy.

Gandalf burst out into laughter. "It is done! The Ring is gone!"


*This line adapted from FotR, Book II, Chapter II, "The Council of Elrond"

All that's left now are the Epilogue and Author's Notes. I have to wait to post those, however, or I'll be late for work.

Epilogue and Author's Notes


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May. 29th, 2013 03:26 pm (UTC)
Aha! Good for Radagast and Gandalf! Am I right that a pike and bird of prey made a quick flight to Mordor? Hooray! An excellent, quick resolution without putting our beloved Frodo into such mortal and spiritual danger!
May. 30th, 2013 12:21 am (UTC)
Pretty much correct, though it was more or less a fish/beast/bird relay, accompanied by Radagast, though he was careful never to touch It himself.

And of course, Frodo served as a distraction, and thus still aided the Quest. It was not Gandalf's deliberate intention--he just needed to get Frodo out of the Shire once Radagast had told him of Saruman's treachery and that the Nine and others were heading for the Shire. But even so, he still managed to serve as a decoy of sorts. (Much like in canon Pippin's role after the palantir--Gandalf took him out of danger, yet at the same time, he allowed Sauron to believe that the Ring was in Rohan and then Gondor.)

And Frodo is still a hero, but not injured to the extent he was in canon.
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May. 30th, 2013 01:36 am (UTC)
The Epilogue is up now!

I'm glad you enjoyed it!
May. 29th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
What a grand story! I've been enjoying every bit of it.
May. 30th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
That makes me so happy! This AU was so much fun to play with!
May. 30th, 2013 12:33 am (UTC)
I was misled by the presence of the lesser ring in the Shire, while Radagast had concentrated his efforts on the rumour of a giant pike in the Anduin.

Ooooh, I love this! And I love the notion of Radagast's feathered and furred pals as the aids in the Ring's destruction. The DM, on the other hand, not so much. He's howling: "Birds!? Birds!? *sputters* I was laid to ruin by birds!? If it's a hedgehog who tosses the Ring into the fires of Orodruin, he will be apoplectic. :^D

The Least of Rings is a neat string of vignettes that makes for a very entertaining "what if?" I am in awe of your ability to stick to a defined ficlet length, too.

And of course, Sámaril is honored that you thought of him. :^)

Very nice work, m'dear!
May. 30th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
LOL! Well, it was an AU DM. (Actually, it is a little more humiliating than hobbits, isn't it?)

I knew that limiting the chapter length was the ONLY way I could ever manage to keep it from getting completely out of hand and ending up as another WIP to juggle! But it did make it take a little longer, as there was anywhere from 11 to 64 words to cut from every part that I wrote! (Cutting words takes a lot longer sometimes, than writing them!)

I thank you immensely for the loan of Sámaril AND for the neat Quenya phrase! They were both kind of central to the story!
May. 30th, 2013 02:06 pm (UTC)
Well, how easy was that? Too bad Frodo didn't know about that solution when he slogged the many miserable miles to the slopes of Orodruin - LOL.

Well done, this has been a joy to read.

- Erulisse (one L)
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