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The New Folk - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: The New Folk
Rating: G
Theme: Arrivals and Departures
Elements: 313 words
Author's Notes: For all those who have mourned.
Summary: The arrival of certain individuals to Tol Eressea indicates they must in time depart as well.
Word Count: 313

The New Folk

“Ammë, while awaiting Atto’s return at the quays, a new ship from Endorë arrived. And such people came off of it! I’ve never seen the like of them!”

Rhysellë smiled as she brushed out her daughter’s hair. “Newcomers often wear different clothing and hair styles than do those who dwell here, Livwen.”

But the small elleth was shaking her head. “It’s not they dressed differently, Ammë—they are different! Or,” she amended, “at least three of them were very different. The first had the Light of Being of a Maia, but his hröa was so strange, as if he’d been worn by time itself. And he wore a full beard and long hair of brightest white, but different from the most ancient of Elves.”

Rhysellë wasn’t certain what she could say.

“And then, there were the two little ones,” Livwen continued. “I thought at first they were children such as I am, but no! One was aged, but more so than the one with the Light of a Maia. And the second----

“Oh, Ammë!” she exclaimed, twisting to look up into her mother’s face. “He was meant to be beautiful and joyous, but he has known such pain and loss. His fëa is so clear, as if wrought of mithril. But his life’s song is sad and damaged. What is he?”

Rhysellë stilled to send out the question, and was surprised to see the sparkling in the air indicating a Maia manifesting within their home. Once it had taken on a body, it knelt that it not loom over Livwen. These two visitors to our island are mortals, of a sort known among themselves as Hobbits. Will you help to make them welcome, child?

Solemnly Livwen nodded. “But, what does mortal mean?”

Rhysellë’s heart twisted. Her daughter, she realized, would learn too soon what that word truly meant when these must depart.


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Jul. 15th, 2015 07:29 pm (UTC)
Oh my, what an interesting POV. I like to think that the hobbits were welcomed, and were able to interact with Elf children for the first time.
Jul. 16th, 2015 06:47 pm (UTC)
It is unlikely children had been born within Middle Earth to those of the Eldar who chose to remain there for at least a thousand years or so, making this the first time eithr Frodo or Bilbo was likely to come into the company of Elven children. Nor, having likely been born upon Tol Eressea herself, was Livwen likely to have seen any Mortal within her lifetime. I have long pictured Frodo as one who loved children and having a soft spot in his heart for little girls--how he must have rejoiced to find a child to cherish here, and to find stirred his heart once more as love was meant to be experienced.

Thank you!
Jul. 15th, 2015 09:34 pm (UTC)
Beautifully written!

Edited at 2015-07-15 09:34 pm (UTC)
Jul. 16th, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
And I thank you. Young Livwen found her way into my writing with "Filled with Light as with Water," and keeps slipping into my story line ever since. (Smiling sadly but proudly.)
Jul. 15th, 2015 10:00 pm (UTC)
A child that has not learned of death - maybe that is exactly the friend that Bilbo and Frodo need, to help lighten their hearts in their last years. I pity her, though. It was a very interesting choice of POV, a child, and more, a common elf. Very nicely done.
Jul. 16th, 2015 06:54 pm (UTC)
Livwen first appeared in "Filled with Light as with Water" and reappears fairly often in my writing when I speak of his time on the Lonely Island. I've long pictured Frodo as one who loved children and was disappointed not to have a child of his own, and who especially has a soft spot in his heart for little girls. Livwen grows up with Frodo beside her, and only as she reaches maturity does she fully appreciate the mortality of this one she's loved nearly all her life. But at last Frodo has watched a child come to maturity, and has known the love from her he so desperately desired--and deserved.

Thank you so!
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Jul. 16th, 2015 06:57 pm (UTC)
And I thank you so! Livwen has been part of my vision of Frodo's life on Tol Eressea almost since I started writing fanfiction, and it is a joy to let her slip once more into a brief story considering his arrival there, and his eventual departure as well. But I think she will love the more strongly in the future for having come to know and love Frodo from his first arrival on the island and having seen him leaving without fear or regret.
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:22 am (UTC)
That's lovely, and very unusual. And what a huge lesson ahead for a child of the Undying Lands.
Jul. 16th, 2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you so! Yes, a great lesson for her, and through her perhaps to others as well, in how to more fully live and love in the time given instead of merely putting off doing until a later that may never manifest itself.
Jul. 16th, 2015 04:30 am (UTC)
I loved your OC and this POV.
Jul. 16th, 2015 07:00 pm (UTC)
As you know, Livwen is in my-verse one who is by Frodo's side throughout most of his time on the Lonely Island. I rejoice to have reason to examine her perceptions when he first arrives!

Thanks so!
Jul. 16th, 2015 08:03 am (UTC)
“Oh, Ammë!” she exclaimed, twisting to look up into her mother’s face. “He was meant to be beautiful and joyous, but he has known such pain and loss. His fëa is so clear, as if wrought of mithril. But his life’s song is sad and damaged. What is he?”

That's perfect!

What a wonderful story.

Edited at 2015-07-16 08:07 am (UTC)
Jul. 16th, 2015 07:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so, Nessrealta. I love imagining how children of all sorts might have reacted to Frodo, and this was a chance to explore more fully how this elfling might have first perceived him.
Jul. 16th, 2015 09:19 am (UTC)
I really like the idea of seeing this arrival through the eyes of a child - I hope her presence brightened the life of the hobbits, and theirs hers as well. But yes, a sad lesson for an immortal child...
Jul. 16th, 2015 07:05 pm (UTC)
In my-verse Frodo knew Livwen's company much of his time upon Tol Eressea, and thus saw her grow up and knew his love for her change from that of a caring adult for a child to one who truly loved her as a woman, although they never were able to consummate such a relationship. I am certain her friendship meant so much to him. But as she became aware his departure was beginning to loom over the two of them she must indeed have known grief--and wonder at the beauty of his leaving.

Thanks so, CW!
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
Friendship and love and indeed double-edged swords in mortal hands. Great POV and wonderful perception.

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 16th, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you so! Poor Livwen does indeed know grief--and perhaps a greater potential to love fully--for her growing relationship with a small mortal known as Frodo Baggins.
Jul. 18th, 2015 02:52 am (UTC)
That last line--ouch!

I suppose animals and plants die on Tol Eressea and the rest of Aman, but it must be much different to meet and acquaint with an intelligent being not unlike Elf, only to see them pass quickly (in an Elf's eyes) from the circles of the world.
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