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Lessons of Birds by Erulisse

Author: Erulisse (one L)
Title: Lessons of Birds
Rating: G
Theme: Fixed Length Fictlet
Elements: 333 Words (MS Word)
Beta: None – As usual, my errors and triumphs are only my own…
Word Count: 333

Summary: Celeborn is known as the wise, yet wisdom is learned. What influenced young Celeborn?

Author’s Notes: Disclaimer: Tolkien built the sand box; I only play with the bucket and shovel that he left for me. No money, profit or non, is made from the publication of this story.

Lessons of Birds

I've always loved watching birds. The aggressive blue and white ones have brash calls, steal brazenly from others and are not well loved. The red ones are largely silent but devoted mates and their brilliant coloring lifts my heart. Blending seamlessly into the background are multitudes sporting brown plumage, always watching for opportunity. Predators cull the weak and astound with aerial acrobatics in the sky. Yes, an elf can learn a great deal about behavior by watching birds.

Some birds are treasured because of their gifts; the nightingale is cherished for her music and the iridescent feathers of several species are carefully collected and incorporated into jewelry and artwork. Then there are those that sparkle with gold - as if the very sun itself splashed them with a casual paintbrush. I was born under the starlight but the large lights that seemed to coincide with the arrival of our relations from the West fascinate me. The golden birds reflect Anar and have won my heart.

Melian surrounds herself with elleths who dress in clothing rivaling the colors of birds. They coo and trill and circle around the queen in a never-ending dance of misdirection.

I enter the court and bow to my liege lord and his lady but then I become uncomfortable when the colorful ladies of the court surround me.

“Dance with me, Lord Celeborn.”

“Isn't the moonlight romantic tonight, Lord Celeborn?”

“Would you walk in the gardens with me, Lord?”

“Lord Celeborn, ...”

“Lord Celeb...”


The words blend into meaningless sound even as their bodies seem to merge into a single multicolored harpy. I shiver, turn, and leave Court again. I want to return to the living trees, not remain among the carved columns of the fortress.

Entering a glade, I see her. She is framed by a ray of sunlight, gleaming as if liquid light. Holding her bow she says, “Teach me to shoot, Lord.” Her voice is deep, calming. Her words are sparse, carefully chosen. I am entrapped.


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 16th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, indeed has he chosen well the muse to spark his future wisdom! And she does not seek to entrap, but to learn from him, encouraging him to learn more so as to have more to share with her. Wonderful!
Jul. 17th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you! I was very happy with how this turned out and I'm delighted that you also enjoyed this small view into Celeborn and Galadriel's first meeting.

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 16th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
What a marvelous insight into Celeborn's nature and heart. I really like this.
Jul. 17th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, my friend. I was very happy with how it turned out and am delighted that you and others have also enjoyed my vision.

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 16th, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
While birds and feathers are great adornment, Celeborn seeks an equal; this lady's feathers are beautiful but her talons are sharp as is her wit.
Nicely done and I loved the voice here.
Jul. 17th, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
Thanks so very much! I rarely write about Galadriel, she's not one of my favorites. But Celeborn has always intrigued me and I loved trying to discover his rationale in his relationship with this Lady of the Noldor.

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 17th, 2013 04:21 am (UTC)
This is lovely! Nicely done!
Jul. 17th, 2013 10:03 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. I'm already missing hearing your voice today, but we'll talk next week and have lots to catch up on!

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 17th, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC)
Now there is a woman who knows how to attract her man!
Jul. 17th, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, she always was a bit calculating, but she knew what she wanted and how to catch him. They actually make a good couple, they balance each other out. Thanks for commenting :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 17th, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
I'm glad he left the Court at that moment!

Edited at 2013-07-17 12:27 pm (UTC)
Jul. 17th, 2013 12:58 pm (UTC)
I suspect she knew he was leaving and planned her interception of the White Lord. They make a great couple and I enjoy writing about them.

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 18th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
I love the way you draw out the metaphor, as he leaves the chattering flock of colorful birds for the one of solitary beauty; and I love that it's her practicality that draws him.
Jul. 19th, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for your kind words. I see Galadriel as a very different bird indeed - one from the Noldor, one who has purpose and direction in her life, one with ambition tempered by knowledge of what ambition can do and how destructive it can be. They make a great couple.

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 20th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Lovely and perfect. I always imagined Galadriel challenged Celeborn intellectually and he helped direct her ambitions. They balance each other, but I can so imagine the fights...ahem, "heated debates" they had. Both headstrong and know what they want. You really captured that here.
Jul. 20th, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comments. Yes, I agree, I think that Celeborn and Galadriel balanced each other's ambitions and skills. The "discussions" that they would have had periodically through the Ages would have been something to hear, though. Maybe that's why they had the highest flet in Lothlorien.

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 21st, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
i love your description in the beginning with the birds-- very lyrical and very well described. I like how you ended with carefully chosen short sentences to contrast with the beginning.

Very nice.
Jul. 21st, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)
Thank you. I think he learned a great deal about behavior and diplomacy by watching the birds of Doriath. And, of course, he had his own fea calmed by the one unusual bird who wasn't intimidated or entranced by him - his life's partner. I appreciate your analysis, thanks again :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
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