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Joy Like Swords by Dreamflower

Author: Dreamflower
Title: Joy Like Swords
Rating: G
Theme: Time in a Bottle: moments to keep forever
Elements: 261 words
Author's Notes: I've written this moment from Pippin's POV, but never from Merry's.
Summary: A moment Merry will keep in his memory forever.
Word Count: 261

Joy Like Swords

Merry could scarcely bring himself to believe it was real. So long his heart had felt constrained, caged and beating vainly to be free again from fear, fear of darkness, fear of defeat, fear of being alone again; alone forever, bereft of those he loved, cut off from his dearest friends. Could he have borne to live himself, if as he had feared, Pippin, Frodo and Sam had all died achieving victory? He could never have returned to the Shire alone, the only survivor of a doomed journey.

But now, now he knew: they all four would go home together. None of them would be left behind in a far-off foreign land; they all would return victorious to the Shire. He could feel his heart swelling fit to burst, swelling with pride and joy and with freedom and with awe and wonder at how such a miracle had been achieved.

He sat before Éothain on his great bay stallion, the only mounted ones amid the éored, gathered together in ranks before them. He could see from the great horse's back over the heads of the Rohirrim.

There they came, Frodo and Sam, led by Gandalf, looking rather lost amid the vast host. The shout went up, spears were shaken: "Long live the Halflings! Praise them with great praise!"

He watched them led up to meet the High King amid the songs and shouts, and he saw Aragorn greet them and gather them in his arms.

This moment, this shining moment, would live in his heart for the rest of his life.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 16th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
fear of being alone again; alone forever


Ohhhh, what a moment! You gave me chills. This glory and joy must have been woven into every horn blast Merry ever let loose for the rest of his life.
Jul. 16th, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
*nods* I think so!

The relief of the agony of fear must have been incredible for him! Don't you know that moment of indescribably happiness was etched in his soul?
Jul. 17th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
What a joyous moment for him. It's a wonder that his heart didn't bead its way right out of his chest for pride and happiness. A lovely vision captured by your words.

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 17th, 2013 01:36 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 17th, 2013 07:25 am (UTC)
Oh, how beautiful a moment caught in Merry's heart forever. Poor Frodo and Sam must feel so out of place, but Merry knows that they are right where they belong!
Jul. 17th, 2013 11:00 am (UTC)
Absolutely he knows better than any that this is the moment they were born for!
Jul. 17th, 2013 07:49 am (UTC)
Loved the way you captured this wonderful moment!
Jul. 17th, 2013 11:00 am (UTC)
Thank you, dear!
Jul. 17th, 2013 12:23 pm (UTC)
I could never imagine Merry going back on his own and my heart beat just a little faster at the sight he had of them alive.
Jul. 17th, 2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
I don't think he would have gone back alone; I think that he would have slipped into despair, perhaps even madness if that had happened.
Jul. 20th, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
Lovely, Dreamflower! I can see his smile and joy in this.
Jul. 21st, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Jul. 21st, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
awww i love the perspective and glad to hear Merry's side of it. Can you link me to the previous stories with the other hobbits?

Great job! =)
Jul. 22nd, 2013 06:36 am (UTC)
Pippin's perspective is found in the third chapter of one of my earliest stories: Kingly Gifts, and though I can't recall the exact chapter, it's told again from the POV of one of Pippin's Guardsman friends in a chapter of "Road to Edoras". I think I also did a drabble about Merry's thoughts just before the feast--but never before during that time on the Field of Cormallen.
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