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A New Arrival by Talullah Red

Author: Talullah Red
Title: A New Arrival
Rating: G
Theme: Arrivals and Departures
Elements: Fixed-length - 301 words
Author's Notes: I hit Lady Elleth’s Lady Fic generator for an Elf and I got Nerdanel twice. I have not written Nerdanel before. Scary!
Summary: A new arrival at the family.
Word Count: 301 words

“Our first grandchild!” Nerdanel exclaimed, smiling warmly at Fëanor. The warm bundle in her arms cooed softly, as if acknowledging her. “Atarinkë’s child is sheer perfection, do you not think?” she continued, impervious to Fëanor’s scowl. The hardness on her husband’s face melted as he reached over the crib to take the baby from her arms.

“Such enthusiasm…” Fëanor growled. Nerdanel ignored him. She would have no more children and her husband’s sulking would not change that. Before a dark mood marred the joy of the day, she smiled at her law-daughter’s mother.

“Tathar was very brave,” she said, sitting by the bed. “It is hard work, pushing such a big baby out.”

Tathar smiled timidly, as her mother, who had always seemed intimidated in their presence, let her tongue loose for once. Both grandmothers chattered for a few minutes about the baby and the labour, as Fëanor rocked the baby.

When the conversation lulled, Nerdanel gently stroked her law-daughter's hand. “My dear, have you thought of a name?”

Tathar, a shadow of a girl, looked at her with a new glint in her eyes. Lifting her chin, she said proudly, “Handeldo, my lady.”

Curvo smiled and nodded. He knelt by the bed and took Tathar’s hands in his and kissing them.

Nerdanel smiled. “Well chosen, my dear. I am sure he will be a very clever child.”

Fëanor returned the baby to the crib and placed a small pouch in Tathar’s hand. She extracted a necklace from inside. A delicate willow tree, made of the purest platinum hanged from a fine mithril chain. Tathar gasped.

“Thank you,” she said, sitting up. “It is marvelous.”

“It is a small gift for your deed.”

Nerdanel smiled at her husband’s words. Fëanor, for all their disagreements of late, still had a kind heart.

July 2015

Notes: names from http://www.realelvish.net/
Tathar: Willow (tathar)
Handeldo: Intellect (handelë+-no)


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 15th, 2015 07:48 pm (UTC)
This is a nice peek at a Fëanor we rarely see or think about.
Jul. 15th, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Jul. 15th, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
I loved this! And I loved Fëanor's gift!

I also wrote about Curufin's wife. We are all still thinking of Celebrimbor I think (smile)
Jul. 15th, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Your Curufin wife was much more full of fire than mine, but she's getting there. ;)
Jul. 15th, 2015 10:20 pm (UTC)
Of course she'll get there! Mine has already endured being a Fëanorian for long. Yours is just starting the road. (g)
Jul. 16th, 2015 02:18 am (UTC)
Aww that was gorgeous. And I love that he wanted more kids and she said no - very Nerdanel, a lady who knew her mind *g*. I like Tathar, would love to see more of that marriage.
Jul. 16th, 2015 05:54 am (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you like it, dear. I wish it had been more introspective, but I wanted to fit in so many hints about the family dynamics while keeping some action... Word counts, feh!
Jul. 16th, 2015 07:59 am (UTC)
Wonderful - the arrival of a baby! I like how this made even stern Fëanor smile (it made me smile, too!)!
Jul. 16th, 2015 01:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Jul. 17th, 2015 12:21 am (UTC)
I quite like Feanor's gift (very appropriate to the recipient's name). And I echo Keiliss's curiosity about Tathar.
Jul. 17th, 2015 05:31 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 17th, 2015 12:32 am (UTC)
Ah--the great genius may not father any more children of his own, but he was yet grandfather to children hopefully equal to him in intellect.
Jul. 17th, 2015 05:33 am (UTC)
True. Poor Celebrimbor is never mentioned as one of the great Eldar, but he was quite smart and also made shiny things. ;)
Jul. 18th, 2015 02:40 am (UTC)
Love this--we see so much of Feanor as a dad, but never much about him and Nerdanel as grandparents!

“It is a small gift for your deed.”
This is so perfect. Yes, he more than any other father/grandfather on Aman would appreciate the great deed of childbirth, I think, given his experience with his own mother and then his wife.
Jul. 18th, 2015 07:33 am (UTC)
Thank you! True, I think Fëanor would really appreciate childbirth (and the whole creation process that leads to that point) for those reasons you mention.
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