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"Companions of the Heart" by Shirebound

Author: Shirebound
Title: Companions of the Heart
Rating: G
Theme: Friendship
Elements: Prompt: On this occasion the presents were unusually good.
Summary: Éomer shares a Rohirric tradition with the hobbits.
Word Count: 144


COMPANIONS OF THE HEART

Then one rode forward, a tall man, taller than all the rest; from his helm as a crest a white horsetail flowed. He advanced until the point of his spear was within a foot of Aragorn's breast.
‘The Riders of Rohan’, The Two Towers

“His name was Westwind.” Éomer removed the helm Frodo had asked about, and sat in the grass with the hobbits grouped about him. “Long ago, he gave his life to save me from great peril. There is no greater gift.” He stroked the tail affixed to his helm, his eyes soft with memory. “Thus do we celebrate and honor those great hearts whose lives intertwine with our own. Among my people, it is believed that the spirits of our noble steeds live on, watching over us and guiding our path.”

“I’d be that grateful to see my Bill again,” Sam said wistfully, “but there’d be no cutting of any tails. Not that this tradition of yours ain’t a fine one, sir,” he hastily added to Éomer.

“Should you someday be reunited with your gallant steed, Samwise,” Éomer said gently, “that will be celebration enough.”

Comments

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talullahred
Sep. 22nd, 2014 01:13 pm (UTC)
Sam has such a sweet, loyal heart and the glimpse in to the Rohirric traditions was also lovely. This was such a nice vignette.
shirebound
Sep. 22nd, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I enjoyed imagining this little scene.
dreamflower02
Sep. 22nd, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
I love this, dear! I always enjoy seeing the characters interact with characters they don't interact with in canon--and yet you know they must have!

Eomer truly understands Sam's feelings about Bill.
shirebound
Sep. 22nd, 2014 01:45 pm (UTC)
I always enjoy that, too. Thank you for the inspiration to write this little scene!
dreamflower02
Sep. 22nd, 2014 01:46 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome, sweetie! I'm so glad you participated.
lignota
Sep. 22nd, 2014 02:12 pm (UTC)
Aww. :) I'm charmed by the idea of Sam and Éomer discussing their beloved horses (or ponies). This conversation seems very in character for both of them.
shirebound
Sep. 22nd, 2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that nice compliment. Isn't it delightful to imagine Sam and Eomer King talking like this?
baranduin
Sep. 22nd, 2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
Ah, that was lovely, I can see that bit of conversation happening. And Sam would think of Bill first thing.
shirebound
Sep. 22nd, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's wonderful to know that a conversation rings true.
curiouswombat
Sep. 22nd, 2014 06:12 pm (UTC)
What an excellent explanation of that crest. And I can imagine, later, someone would point out to Sam that the horse would only have lost its tail after death - no danger to Bill whilst he is alive!!
shirebound
Sep. 22nd, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed! I was looking at a picture of Eomer's helm online, and started to wonder what horse that tail belonged to.
keiliss
Sep. 22nd, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
I can completely imagine this conversation, so in character for them both, particularly Sam :)
shirebound
Sep. 22nd, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that lovely compliment. :)
lindahoyland
Sep. 23rd, 2014 02:48 am (UTC)
What a lovely idea . I always wondered about the helmet plumes!
shirebound
Sep. 23rd, 2014 12:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked this! Hopefully we'll never run out of gaps to fill. :)
addie71
Sep. 23rd, 2014 01:34 pm (UTC)
Lovely conversation with Eomer and Sam. Of course Sam, sweet hobbit, would never think of cutting off Bill's tale.
shirebound
Sep. 23rd, 2014 01:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Addie. I enjoyed imagining Sam and Eomer sharing their love for their horses.
ambree40
Sep. 23rd, 2014 03:30 pm (UTC)
That's a lovely glimpse of the hobbits passing through Rohan on their way home.
shirebound
Sep. 23rd, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I enjoyed writing a full-length story about that ("A Rohan Tapestry"), but there are so many more gaps to fill. Bless the Professor for leaving these spaces for us!
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shirebound
Sep. 23rd, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dear friend. If only we could let Sam know that his Bill is waiting for him back in Bree.

*sneaks back to hug you all up*

Edited at 2014-09-28 01:30 pm (UTC)
febobe
Sep. 24th, 2014 01:57 am (UTC)
Awwww. <3
shirebound
Sep. 24th, 2014 01:14 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
claudia603
Sep. 24th, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
oh this was a lovely vignette about Rohirric traditions and their relationships with their horses!
shirebound
Sep. 24th, 2014 01:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. 144 words is such a small space to flesh out this moment between them all. What a challenge!
blslarner
Oct. 22nd, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
Indeed a wonderful interaction between the Hobbits and Eomer, and so likely that it would indeed happen as they wended their way back to Edoras.
shirebound
Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I love imagining conversations between the Big Folk and our beloved hobbits.
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