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Gratitude part 2, by Kaylee Arafinwiel

Author: Kaylee Arafinwiel
Title: Gratitude, part II
Rating: G
Theme: Gratitude, November 2014 drabble
Author's Notes: This is a continuation of “Gratitude” which can be found in my “Tales of the Elmoi” here: http://www.lotrgfic.com/viewstory.php?sid=2138&chapter=11
Summary: Legolas muses on himself and his companions.
Word Count: 300, minus the header. Triple drabble.

I will go for the Elves. So it has been decided, though I doubt my adar will approve. I have not yet reached my fifth yen, though the time draws near, and so I am not yet my own master in all things. Adar is my king, too, though I am but one of his heirs – it is debatable whether I shall ever rule my own destiny. Still, I am grateful for this adventure.

Boromir of Gondor, too, seems glad of his going. He it was who brought the riddle of the Ring before the Council, and he will represent the free Men of the South in this venture. His father’s heir, also; does he long to step out from beneath the Steward’s shadow and forge his own way? If so, I understand too well.
And for Men also, Aragorn, called Estel when last he dwelt here. He is the leader of the Men of the North, but in truth he is Gondor’s destined King. Will Boromir recognize him for his grandfather’s ragged sellsword? Will they be grateful of each other’s company?

The Periannath are almost like children – of course, I am much older than they, but the younger two especially cause me concern. They will be the youngest of the Company, and bear close watching. Will they survive this venture? I worry for the Ringbearer’s kin, though I am glad to lend them – especially Frodo – my service.

Mithrandir will lead us; he represents the Wise. He is the emissary of the Belain, if I do not mistake his true purpose. May they watch over us! I am grateful for his guidance; he has been a mentor to me since my younger days.

Should we meet danger, I will be grateful to be rid of that troublesome Dwarf, Gimli Gloinson!


Sindarin words:
yen = period of 144 years. Legolas is about 700. (I know yen is Quenya, but I couldn't find the Sindarin equivalent)
adar = father
perian = hobbit; -ath is the collective plural, so periannath = all the Hobbits
Mithrandir = Grey Wanderer, Gandalf
Belain = Valar, the Powers of the West.


( 26 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:19 am (UTC)
I like 'seeing' the Fellowship through Legolas's eyes.
Nov. 18th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you Shirebound! I am glad. :)

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:35 am (UTC)
Amusing! You captured his voice well. I am glad he changed his mind about Gimli eventually.
Nov. 18th, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you Karri! Of course he did :) *giggles*

Nov. 18th, 2014 03:28 am (UTC)
Thank goodness he did finally change his mind about Gimli! And I hope that Thranduil had only praise for his son when they were finally reunited.
Nov. 18th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
This is Thranduil's POV on Legolas in Ithilien after the war, my story "East-Victor?" http://www.lotrgfic.com/viewstory.php?sid=1405&chapter=1 It is not their initial reunion, but rather some musings by Thranduil on his son. I hope it helps answer that for you :)

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Nov. 18th, 2014 04:48 am (UTC)
The Fellowship consisted of heirs to leadership, even if each save Gandalf and Aragorn and Frodo was considered perhaps young by the standards of their own people. I am glad he found reason to be glad in the end of the presence of Gimli within the Fellowship.
Nov. 18th, 2014 01:50 pm (UTC)
All but one. Sam was Frodo's servant; he was a gardener and the son of a gardener, not an heir to a leadership position. Yet even he became a leader much later, when he became mayor.

As for Gimli, I don't know whether his father was a leader among the Dwarves or not. I do know that he and Oin were not related to the late Thorin.

Edited at 2014-11-18 01:54 pm (UTC)
Nov. 18th, 2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
Sam may not have been heir to leadership, but he was certainly heir to his father's position as gardener of Bag End, so that was certainly a prestigious position, at least so far as working-class hobbits would see it. Working for such an important hobbit as the head of the Baggins family was no small thing. :) Of course, then he became The Baggins' heart-brother and dearest companion, right up there with Frodo's own cousins, and that says a whole lot more.

Gimli (and Gloin) *were* in fact of Durin's Line; Gloin, like his brother Oin, were grandsons of Farin (Farin's elder son Fundin was Balin and Dwalin's father). Farin was the son of Borin, whose elder brother Dain I was the father of Thror, the father of Thrain II, the father of Thorin II Stonehelm, Frerin, and Dis (the mother of Fili and Kili).

With Dain I and Borin's father King Nain as a common ancestor, the line runs thus:

Thror, Fror, and Gror, sons of Dain, first cousins to Farin son of Borin

Thrain II & Nain son of Gror (first cousins), second cousins to Fundin and Gróin sons of Farin.

Thorin II Oakenshield, Frerin, and Dis, second cousins to Dain II Ironfoot, grandson of Gror, and third cousins to Balin & Dwalin, Oin & Gloin.

Fili & Kili, sons of Dis, nephews to Thorin II Oakenshield, third cousins to Thorin III Stonehelm, fourth cousin to Gimli son of Gloin.


And so, the only Dwarves not of Durin's Line in Thorin's Company were Bifur, Bofur and Bombur.

Sorry. :( You just happened to accidentally poke the genealogy fanatic. xDDD This was not a criticism, just a teachable moment. :P Yes, I am a freak and I know it, LOL.
Nov. 18th, 2014 04:56 pm (UTC)
You've made some good points, and thanks for the Dwarven genealogy lesson!
Nov. 18th, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
You're welcome - I tend to obsess over the family trees in *any* story I'm reading - or writing, for that matter. I have the Hobbit Trees in the Appendices of my copy of LOTR, so you can imagine what I'm like reading them! LOL! :)

Also, I have a *gigantic* family tree (mostly populated with OCs, I grant, but also probably about 3/4 (at least) of the Elves Tolkien named or gave existence to) showing the relationships between Oropher's family (including Thranduil and Legolas), Celeborn's family and Elrond's, as well as each of their wives' families (well, not Legolas' - I haven't married him off quite yet, though I think I came close in one story. I need to find that again...LOL :)
Nov. 18th, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
According to the Appendices Gloin and Oin were descended from Durin, also, although they were not as closely related to Thorin as were Fili and Kili, who were his sister Dis's sons. Dain was, if I recall correctly, a cousin of Thorin, which was why he was accepted as King of the Iron Hills and how he came to succeed Thorin as King of Erebor as well. As companions to Thorin Oakenshield on the quest for Erebor, I strongly suspect that Oin and Gloin were both considered lords of Erebor when the kingdom was reconstituted, and thus Gimli was also in the hierarchy of leadership as the heir to his father. Certainly no one appears to have questioned his right to found his own enclave in the Glittering Caves, and others came to live under his rule there.

As for Sam--as I've said elsewhere I suspect that although Sam considered himself Frodo's servant and caretaker, I believe Frodo saw Sam more as a friend and near-brother even before they left the Shire. Certainly during and immediately after the quest he treated Sam as an equal, and he did make Sam his heir. Sam was being groomed for his future role as Mayor to the Shire even by Bilbo when he was just a child, in fact. Frodo and Bilbo both saw the potential in the child, I think.
Nov. 18th, 2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
Looks as if I need to go over the Appendices again. Thanks for pointing that information out to me!

The Bagginses certainly did see the potential in Sam, didn't they? I don't know that Bilbo foresaw Sam becoming a leader in the future, but he did educate him, and Frodo did treat indeed him as a friend even before the Quest, not just as a servant.
Nov. 18th, 2014 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, and Gandalf an unwitting heir - he did not seek to inherit the title of the White from Saruman! I am reminded of my dear Atto Fiondil's "BRIDGE: Pá Valaraucar ar Námier" (Concerning Balrogs and Judgments) which can be found http://storiesofarda.com/chapterview.asp?sid=5793&cid=24890 here at SoA in his Tapestry. He wrote it ages ago, but his line about "You've been promoted, Olorin, and I cannot think of a more suitable punishment for your folly" never fails to make me laugh.

Oh, I am glad, too! :) Gimli and Legolas did grow to be brothers of the heart, I think. :) Thank you Larner!

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Nov. 18th, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
This is a very nice "snapshot" of Legolas' thoughts on his companions. I absolutely believe he would say all this.
Nov. 18th, 2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you think so. :)

(By the way, your name and your icon are making me seriously hungry...lol.)

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Nov. 18th, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
lol!! This was so funny. First impressions can be tricky.
Nov. 19th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
Indeed, Tallulah Red! *giggles* First impressions mean a lot, but luckily they're not everything! :) Thanks!

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Nov. 19th, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
This could almost be a letter Legolas is writing home to a friend, or in his journal. I like his perspective on all his companions. Killer last line!
Nov. 19th, 2014 01:40 am (UTC)
Hahaha, that last line really does get all of us, doesn't it? Even me - I wasn't expecting it, it just sort of 'showed up'...weird, but that's how I write sometimes - and then I stared at it and couldn't stop laughing for about 10 minutes. *grin*

Yeah, I've written characters writing letters before. Mostly Elwing, though...but I could see this being a letter home to one of Legolas' elder siblings. (In mine and Emma's 'verse, Legolas is the youngest of five brothers and sisters, though only two of his elder siblings still live in Mirkwood by the time of the War of the Ring.)

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Nov. 19th, 2014 08:24 am (UTC)
Interesting, his thoughts at this point!
He will end up being grateful that they did not get rid of that troublesome Dwarf!
Nov. 19th, 2014 08:52 am (UTC)
Yes, indeed, lol! :) Of course, he doesn't know that *now*...*grins*


Kaylee Arafinwiel
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Nov. 19th, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, indeed! I'm glad you think so! :) Thank you mews!

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Nov. 22nd, 2014 12:12 am (UTC)
Oh, I liked this look through Legolas' eyes, Kaylee. What struck me most (besides his opinion of 'that dwarf') was the recognition that he and Boromir, as sons of great rulers, might have more in common than first glance might suggest.
Dec. 29th, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
Oh Kei! I'm sorry I never responded to your comment :( My email's been funny (and not in a good way) about sending messages the last couple months; it must have slipped through.

Haha, yes, "that Dwarf". He will, of course, change his mind!

Yes, Boromir and Legolas do have rather more in common than one might think, don't they? Now I'm wondering what Ferion (my OC, Legolas' elder brother and the Crown Prince of Mirkwood) might think of Boromir...hmmm, interesting thought. Of course, that would necessitate Ferion somehow meeting Boromir...hmmm, well, if I could figure out a way, that might be very interesting. Thoughts?

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Dec. 30th, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC)
Not to worry, it wouldn't be the first time I'd done a very late reply either, lol.

Ummm, Boromir. Well, he'd have done a fair bit of wandering around before he found Rivendell, I guess, and Ferion might have been on that side of the mountain for any number of reasons -- an extended patrol, gathering information for his father, meeting with someone... I'm sure there's a way they could run into each other.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas, Kaylee, and that 2015 is really good to you.

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