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In Search of Peace - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: In Search of Peace
Rating: G
Theme: Lost and Found
Elements: Contentment
Author's Notes: For RiverOtter, just because.
Summary: A brief consideration of Frodo's choice to sail.
Word Count: 300



In Search of Peace


It was past midnight by the time the party headed for the Grey Havens stopped for rest. The Elves did not require such rest, of course; but for the three mortals traveling with them it was necessary. Swiftly gathered bracken laid beneath the spreading limbs of a linden tree served as a bed for the three Hobbits. Frodo lay embraced by Bilbo, with Samwise Gamgee lying in guard at their feet. Elrond Eärendilion and Galadriel Artanis stood looking down upon their sleeping forms, seeing in the expression of Frodo Baggins the contentment he’d not truly known since he’d lost his innocence to Sauron’s Ring.
Galadriel murmured, “He is not the only mortal to make the journey, and Lord Samwise understands his decision. I believe that for the moment that is enough for him.”

Elrond gave a single nod of acknowledgment. “He can never have his innocence restored to him as he’d looked to know, but I pray we will see him once again find his peace and come to appreciate the benefits conferred upon him by what he has experienced.”

Galadriel examined Sam’s face with compassion. Tears were caught in the gardener’s lashes, although his own expression was now peaceful as he slept. “And in time this one will find again the treasure he willingly loses now. He will so miss his friend and Master; but he shall know fulfillment he could not have known were Frodo to remain here to endure continuing pain and grief.”

Bilbo opened one eye to look up at them. “Shh!” he whispered. “Let them sleep now.” With that he laid his head against Frodo’s shoulder protectively, and in a moment they could hear his soft snore. His own dear boy lay safe in his arms—what more could the old Hobbit wish to know?

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engarian
Nov. 16th, 2013 11:35 am (UTC)
How bittersweet and lovely.

- Erulisse (one L)
blslarner
Nov. 16th, 2013 01:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so, Erulisse.
dreamflower02
Nov. 16th, 2013 01:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, Frodo lost his innocence, but found wisdom. And finding peace in the West allowed him to realize this.
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2013 10:48 am (UTC)
A bitter trade it might have seemed at the time, but in the end I believe he rejoiced in the loss that he could come to appreciate the greater good embodied in the wisdom and honor granted him. Thanks so, Dreamflower!
shirebound
Nov. 16th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
Dear Bilbo. He always did sleep with one loving ear open, didn't he?

It makes my heart happy to know that Frodo is surrounded by so many who love and will care for him.
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2013 10:49 am (UTC)
He needed each of these to help him make the transition from his life here to what he would know there. And Bilbo would do his best listening when he appeared to be sleeping, I'm sure!
periantari
Nov. 17th, 2013 04:57 am (UTC)
::sniffles:: i am reading this as i am listening to the Grey Havens track from RotK.
OMg how poignant. :*(
blslarner
Nov. 17th, 2013 10:51 am (UTC)
Oh, how appropriate your icon! Thank you so! Yes, the theme as you read this would amplify the emotions. I so love that theme, too!
lindahoyland
Nov. 24th, 2013 05:08 am (UTC)
This was lovely.
blslarner
Dec. 11th, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
Thank you so, Linda! Joy to you this holiday season!
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