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Elessar, by Himring

Author: Himring
Title: Elessar
Rating: G
Theme: Back to Middle-earth Month 2015
Elements: This prompt from baranduin: I would dearly love to see a story that revolves around the history of the Elessar jewel, with Aragorn as a focal point. Doesn't mean he even has to be in it but he should have a central importance in the story. I don't care if there is one version of the jewel or two, as you wish. Shoot, you could write a Fourth Age investigation into the provenance of the one Aragorn possesses. Things that have been running through my head that I would love to see if it fits for you: Earendil, Vingilot, the Great Eagles, Celebrimbor, Gondolin, and a hobbit (an adventurous Took?). You could have Merry and Pippin do the investigating after they return to Minas Tirith when they're elderly.
Author's Notes: When I saw this prompt, I thought at once of my stalled Elven Glass series, which is in fact exactly about the history of the Elessar jewel(s) and was still missing the planned sections about Earendil and Aragorn (and Arwen). The Earendil section is still giving me trouble--I may or may not manage to write it before the end of March--but I decided to skip ahead and write the Aragorn section, as  the prompt asks for Aragorn as the focal point in any case and I think it can be read pretty much on its own.Thanks to the prompt, there is now a hobbit that the original outline didn't include! I think his presence improved the story and I hope I've done him justice.
Summary: In Minas Tirith, while Aragorn is waiting for Midsummer and Arwen's arrival, Gandalf tells Aragorn more details about the history of the Elessar than he had previously been aware of. Pippin also has a comment to make.
Word Count: 655

‘There were so many of them?’ asked Aragorn.
His hand went, a little protectively, to the eagle brooch at his shoulder and the green stone that had given him his royal name.
‘The accounts I found in the books of lore were vague and conflicting, but did not seem to speak of more than one or two… So this is neither the green stone that Feanor made nor the one given to Fingon by Maedhros—and not the one made by Enerdhil for Idril Celebrindal either, but all those did exist before mine was made?’

He gave a somewhat embarrassed laugh, as one who flatters himself singled out uniquely by prophecy who finds what he thought his dearest possession bandied back and forth as common goods in the marketplace.

‘Is my stone merely a copy of a copy of a copy, then? Then almost you could say the Mouth of Sauron was right to call it just a piece of elvish glass…’

‘Oh, no, that was not what I was telling you at all!’ said Gandalf, a shade impatiently. ‘This is not the stone made by Enerdhil for Idril in Gondolin, no. Now my memories of the Far West have come seeping back, I remember seeing it on Earendil’s breast before I left. And when you look up at night towards the evening star, you may think that your ancestor carries the twin—or rather elder sibling—of your own stone, as he sails up above—it wards his heart against the cold splendour of the skies with memories of Middle-earth and reminds him of the reason he undertook his lonely task—and so perhaps may yours do for you, at times when the ruling of a realm may seem harder and lonelier than any of the wanderings of Thorongil...’

Aragorn nodded. He had had an inkling of such already.

‘But,’ continued Gandalf, ‘the stone you bear was made by Celebrimbor for Galadriel and it was never a copy of a copy—none of those stones were—all different from each other, but not lesser, each adapted by the maker to their wishes as a giver and the needs of those it was given to. Do not be any less proud to bear it—and your name—merely because it is not the oldest or the only one that was ever made…’

Pippin hesitantly cleared his throat behind them. Nominally at least, he was in attendance as a member of the Guard and he was acutely aware of the weight of the livery of the Tower on his shoulders—although Aragorn had shown little desire to hold him very closely to the part of his vow that referred to speaking only at his lord’s command. But both Gandalf and Aragorn looked up readily as if they wished to hear what he might have to say on the matter.

‘I was there when the Lady gave you the brooch,’ he reminded Aragorn. ‘I remember it well and how very tall and kingly and—imposing you appeared all of a sudden when you first put it on! It seemed a very great gift to me indeed. It still does. Although, you know, at home in the Shire or in Bree even just a bit of elvish glass would seem strange and rare and mysterious!’

‘So it would!’ said Aragorn and smiled at him.

Besides, prophecy or no, it was Arwen’s gift, intended by her for me, he thought—and that would make it unique beyond anything, even if it were only a shard of a broken bottle…

Thorongil, she had said to him. I learned the name by which you went on your travels and so I had the stone I inherited from my mother set in a new setting for you, Master Eagle Star. It will be ready for you when the time comes!
‘I can hardly wait till Midsummer,’ he said to Gandalf and Pippin.


A/N: I've written elsewhere in the series I mentioned about the making of Aragorn's stone by Celembrimbor and also about Feanor, Fingon and Maedhros, and Enerdhil. I hope these references do not come across as too much of an info dump, when this piece is read on its own!

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shirebound
Mar. 22nd, 2015 02:54 pm (UTC)
Dear Pippin! :)

it was never a copy of a copy—none of those stones were—all different from each other, but not lesser

Such a perfect and comforting thing to say. I'm glad Aragorn had a chance to ask Gandalf about this before he sailed West. A very nice gap filler!
hhimring
Mar. 29th, 2015 01:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Shirebound! I'm glad you liked this gapfiller!
kayleelupin
Mar. 22nd, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC)
Oh I like this very much! :) And I love Gandalf and Pippin's words of comfort about the stone to Aragorn. I love the idea that through the stone, Aragorn and his longfather Earendil are connected, in a way :)

Kaylee Arafinwiel
hhimring
Mar. 29th, 2015 01:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked the idea about the connection with Earendil!
baranduin
Mar. 22nd, 2015 04:39 pm (UTC)
Oh my! That was marvelous. You've brought the whole topic down to earth without losing one bit of its magic. Thank you for including Pippin!

I thought Aragorn recovered very well from what must have been a bit of a shock!

Thank you so much for filling this prompt. I'll be watching for it on the Ao3 :-)
hhimring
Mar. 23rd, 2015 11:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you like it! It's the first time I really wrote Aragorn as well as the first time I wrote Pippin and I was very nervous about it!
Also, I'm really glad that my take on the stone itself works for you!
Thank you so much for the prompt!
lindahoyland
Mar. 22nd, 2015 11:19 pm (UTC)
I just loved this and Pippin's words were the icing on the cake!

LJ has eaten your formatting.
hhimring
Mar. 29th, 2015 01:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Linda!
I'm glad the inclusion of Pippin worked for you!
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