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Questions on the Smiths - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: Questions on the Smiths
Rating: G
Theme: Jewels of June
Elements: the Elessar
Author's Notes: For Tari for her birthday, a bit early, I fear....
Summary: Young Estel has some questions about the great Noldor smiths his adar might have known....
Word Count: 1272

Questions on the Smiths

Estel sat near his foster father in the main library of Imladris, reading from a book entitled The Great Smiths of the Noldor.


“Yes, Estel?”

“Was there really someone like Fëanor?”

“Yes, there was.”

“Did you know him?”

“No, I did not. He was killed by the Black Enemy soon after he set foot upon the soil of Middle Earth, back shortly before the first rising of the Moon and the Sun. That was many ennin before my birth.”

“Did he truly make jewels that gave light without the need of flame?”

“Oh, yes—that he did indeed. The jewel that gives light in my study was made by Celebrimbor, who learned how to do so from Fëanor himself.”

“Did you know him?”

Elrond’s voice became solemn. “Yes, my son, I knew Celebrimbor, there before Sauron slew him and laid waste to his land. Celebrimbor had thought of Annatar, as Sauron was styling himself at the time, as a friend and teacher. Never did he expect such betrayal.”

The boy examined the illustration before him that showed Fëanor within his forge, laboring over some great jewel. “It’s too bad that he forgot how to love his wife when he made the Silmarils,” he said. “I am glad that my father never forgot how he loved my mother. Or, at least that is what she tells me.”

The Master of Rivendell laid a gentle hand on the boy’s shoulder, squeezing it in comfort. “There is no question that your father continued to love your mother all through their marriage, although it was nowhere as long as had been the marriage of Fëanor to Nerdanel. I doubt not that he continues to love her now, even though they are parted by his death.”

The boy shrugged slightly. After a moment he asked, “How could Celebrimbor trust Sauron, even if he was in disguise?”

“I’m not certain, ion nín. When Annatar came to us, neither Círdan nor I could find it within us to treat with him, for there was something to him neither of us could bear to be near. I have come to wonder if it was the fact that Celebrimbor, having been among the Noldor of Aman, might have known Sauron before he betrayed the Valar, back when he served within Aulë’s forge and was known as Aulendil. When Annatar came to Ost-in-edhil to offer his services to the Elves there, Celebrimbor might then have responded unwittingly to the sense of familiarity he had already with him, and thought that this must be one he could trust. But he definitely wished to find glory of his own to match that so long given to his grandfather, and the idea that he could create rings of power excited his imagination to the point he ignored the warnings he received regarding the possible motives of this ‘Lord of Gifts’.”

Estel thought on this as he traced a fingertip over the jewel pictured being wrought by Fëanor. At last he turned the page, and read the inscription. “Enerdhil of Gondolin was one of the greatest of the Noldor smiths to come to Ennor, although few of his creations remain within the Mortal Lands. He rejoiced to create gems of healing and renewal, inspired by some jewels that were brought from Aman that came from forges other than that of Fëanor. His greatest achievement was the green jewel known as the Elessar, the Stone of Renewal, which was set within a silver brooch shaped in the likeness of one of Manwë’s Great Eagles. It shines with a clear, healing light when its power is wielded, and those bathed in that light know joy and easing, and relief from the pain of all wounds. It has been foretold that it will come in its proper time into the hands of a great King who will take his name from it, and with it he will bring a renewal of peace and glory to the land given into his care, a land long bereft of its full dignity.”

The illustration given was of a far different Elven smith, one who worked with fine tools to set a great green gem within a setting shaped as described in the text. The expression of the smith was as intent as had been that of Fëanor, but it was at the same time more serene, with the trace of a smile of pleasurable surprise to it. After examining the picture for a time he looked up into his adar’s face. “Did you know Enerdhil, Ada?”

“No, for I never went to Gondolin, which fell long ere I was born; and he did not survive the assault on Turgon’s land by Morgoth’s creatures. Celebrimbor told me of him, however, for they were friends and often worked together, most likely before Enerdhil entered the hidden realm. In fact, I believe Celebrimbor was the one who crafted the eagle brooch in which the Elessar stone was set. How beautiful it is! The feathering is most delicately done, and it is indeed as if one holds one of the Great Eagles in miniature within one’s hand!”

“Then you have seen the Elessar stone?”

“That I have. Enerdhil gave the brooch to the Lady Idril, who in turn gave it to her son Eärendil, who was my father. He wore it when he sailed West to beg the aid of the Valar for the protection of all who lived here within the Mortal Lands against the depredations of Morgoth and his armies. I believe that as he bade farewell to those who sailed back to the Undying Lands after the War of Wrath was over, Celebrimbor found it pressed into his hand, but he never knew who it was that saw it given into his possession. He gave it to the Lady Galadriel, whom it was said he loved but who had married another and could not return his devotion in like kind. Long she wore it ere she gave it in turn to her daughter on the day she was married to the one she chose as her husband.”

“Did you know the Lady Galadriel? Or her daughter?”


Estel wondered at the expression on his adar’s face, the mixture of intense joy and equally intense pain. He realized that if he wished, Elrond could say a good deal about both ladies. After a moment he turned his attention back to the book and the picture of the smith setting the great green gem into the eagle brooch. At last he said, “If I had a choice between one of the Silmarils and the Elessar stone, I think I’d prefer the latter. After all, no one ever fought over it as they did the Silmarils. And I’d prefer seeing lands healed to having to fight wars for them.”

This time he was unaware of the expression in the peredhel’s eyes as Elrond looked on him.

It is said that one day the stone will come to you, and that you will be called after it. For so many ennin it has been in my daughter’s keeping now. How it is that Arwen might be convinced to give it into your hands I cannot foresee, but my heart forewarns me that I shall have mixed feelings to see it upon your breast as it lay upon that of my father. Oh, son of my heart, I beg of you not to rob me of my treasure! But, if it is to be, I pray that you will be worthy of it, and of her.

Ignorant of the turmoil in his adar’s heart, Estel turned another page in his book.


( 21 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 26th, 2013 06:03 am (UTC)
I loved all the foreshadowing here.
Jun. 27th, 2013 08:05 am (UTC)
Elrond himself must have wondered about the prophecy that Aragorn would be named for the Elessar stone, after all. I'm so glad you liked it, Linda!
Jun. 26th, 2013 06:18 am (UTC)
I echo Linda's comment about the foreshadowing. I could picture the illustrations in the book quite vividly, too.
Jun. 27th, 2013 08:07 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad that the descriptions helped make the images seem real to you, Huinare! Thank you so! And it's so much fun thinking on how innocent of knowledge of what was to come Estel must have been at that age.
Jun. 26th, 2013 11:20 am (UTC)
Very nice and interesting - especially the end.
Jun. 27th, 2013 08:10 am (UTC)
So glad you find it so, Ellynn. And how Elrond must have wondered about that prophecy that Aragorn would come to be known by the stone's name. Thanks so!
Jun. 26th, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC)
What an interesting conversation. Estel knows he can ask Elrond anything, and yet has no idea that his Adar's answers barely scratch the surface of what he could tell the boy.
Jun. 27th, 2013 08:09 am (UTC)
Oh, I suspect that he realized that his adar could say more if he chose, and must have wondered as to what might not have been said. But it must have been wonderful for him to realize that his ada and the other Elves of Imladris could serve as living resources regarding his curiosity regarding the past. Thanks so, Janet!
Jun. 26th, 2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
I liked this. Yes, there was foreshadowing but, on appearance, it's a small boy asking his father about a book and the stories therein as well as their conversation and it was to that I responded.
Jun. 27th, 2013 08:12 am (UTC)
I'm so glad that that was how you took it, Someplace. As a child he must have been fascinated by what his ada might or might not have experienced regarding the history he was learning, and it must have been a joy to be able to question him.
Jun. 26th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed how inquisitive Aragorn is in this.
Jun. 27th, 2013 08:04 am (UTC)
To have one who has lived through a good portion of the First Age and all of the Second and Third Ages at his disposal in order to answer such questions must have been wonderful for him as a child. Of course, with Erestor, Lindir, Glorfindel and others there must have given him a unique perspective on history! Thank you so, Phyncke!
Jun. 27th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
Finally catching up with reading this and I think I ended up saving the best for last :-)

I love the premonition of Elrond seeing the Elessar on Aragorn's chest as well as the history put forth for the stone and the listings of its properties. As usual you have given us a well rounded snippet of plot thread that fits seamlessly into the larger structure.

Very well done indeed!

- Erulisse (one L)
Jun. 30th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
I have always loved doing gapfillers, and certainly the Master left us with rather a lot of them! Heh! Being given the Elessar as my element sparked a number of different thoughts initially, but this is the storyline I found myself pursuing in the end. How better to indicate how Elrond might think on the prophecy that foretold that one day young Estel would be given the name of the stone?

Thank you so!
Jun. 28th, 2013 01:03 am (UTC)
I like this one, this could be a father's day fic as well as Jewels of June fic. I liked how you fit a father's day theme in it even if it was not by intent or design. Though to a father his children are more precious than all the jewels of Arda.
Jun. 30th, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, a father's day fic as well as the theme for the month. And I'm pleased to know that Tari was delighted by it, too.

How Elrond must have found himself wondering just to what future young Estel might come, what with the various prophecies already made of his future. The Master indicated that it was known that if Aragorn came to the throne he would be called by the name of the Elessar stone, so I found I had to explore that prophecy and what Elrond must have thought about it!

Thanks so!
Jun. 30th, 2013 09:42 am (UTC)
That is an interesting attempt to piece together the slightly contradictory story of the Elessar and you have chosen a good framework for it. After all, Aragorn clearly knows in Lorien what he is accepting, so he must have learned of it somehow!

(There is a probably unintentional repetition here that may have survived from a draft. The following appears twice, in a slightly different wording:

In fact, I believe Celebrimbor was the one who crafted the eagle brooch for the Elessar stone. How beautiful it is! The feathering is most delicately done, and it is indeed as if one holds one of the Great Eagles in miniature within one’s hand!)
Jun. 30th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
I found the discussion about the Elessar stone in UT to be interesting, so I had to figure out a history for it that pleased me and that brought in the legendary Enerdhil as well as Celebrimbor and might explain the confusion as to which or them wrought it to begin with.

Thanks for the catch on the repetition. No, not a holdover from a previous draft so much as a glitch as I sought to edit a sentence, and instead of removing the phrase I had amended the editor gave part of it its own paragraph! Argh! At least it did remove the questionable portions of the text that I was replacing. It's now fixed!
Jun. 30th, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
I love this, a combination of a nice little story about Estel asking his Ada about the storybook, and the information contained within it!

You do so well with that sort of frame-fic, it seems quite natural.
Jun. 30th, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you so, Barbara. When I saw I'd been given the Elessar to write about, I found I wanted to imagine Elrond considering how it was that in time his last fosterling could ever come to have its name. To learn the history of Arda as was seen as important to the Noldor Elves who came to reside in Middle Earth seemed the most likely means of sparking such consideration, and I find myself drawn at the moment to Aragorn's childhood and youth.

Again, thank you so! Am so glad that this has been so well received!
Jul. 11th, 2013 03:26 pm (UTC)
This is a great conversation between the two of them, for now a simple lesson for the child, but very fun to imagine how he'll learn the rest of the story as he gets older.
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