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What He Could Recall by Dreamflower

Author: Dreamflower
Title: What He Could Recall
Rating: G
Theme: Arrivals and Departures
Elements: 333
Author's Notes:
Summary: Three times Frodo arrived someplace new, and then departed.
Word Count: 333

What He Could Recall

He couldn't recall arriving in Rivendell; his last memory was his sword suddenly breaking in his hand as he shouted defiance across the Ford. He had been carried in by someone, he knew not who. He had wakened to the welcome sight of Gandalf at his side, the memory of several days absent from his mind.

Then came the Council and his rash claiming of a Quest he was certain would be the death of him. When he left Rivendell he would have twice as many companions as he had come with.

So after a time of recovery was departure: he simply walked out of Rivendell of his own free will.


He remembered his arrival in the Black Land. Sick from captivity, spider poison, burdened by orc armour, he and Sam simply walked into Mordor of their own free wills.

Step by step, time went by and he remembered less and less of that trek, until Gollum appeared on the side of Mount Doom. To his everlasting shame, he could vividly remember his claiming of the Ring. Yet it was destroyed in spite of him.

Of his departure from Mordor, he recalled nothing. He was carried away by Eagles, they told him. He wakened to the incredible sight of Gandalf at his side, the memory of several days absent from his mind.


He arrived at the Grey Havens fully aware of where he was. Once more he was fleeing—this time from a life he could never have. The smell of the Sea was almost familiar, though he had never been there before. But he was arriving only to depart once more.

He spoke his farewells to those he loved, and turned away to the Grey Ship.

Once they were upon the Straight Path, his memories of the journey grew dim and faint, but he remembered very well his arrival at the Blessed Isle.

He walked down the gangplank, the comforting presence of Gandalf at his side, as he began his new life.


( 26 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 15th, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
I love how you show that Gandalf is the thread that pulls this tapestry together, and gives Frodo familiarity in strange places.
Jul. 16th, 2015 02:32 am (UTC)
I think that Gandalf was Frodo's best non-hobbit friend, and I think he was also a "guardian angel" for the hobbits. Gandalf would be there for his hobbit friends whenever it was possible.
Jul. 15th, 2015 09:42 pm (UTC)
It was good for him that Gandalf was always there. I believe that Frodo was in worse shape than Bilbo after carrying the Ring.
Jul. 16th, 2015 02:40 am (UTC)
I've no doubt at all about that. Bilbo took up the Ring while Sauron was still unaware of it, and it was still asleep mostly. He was innocent of its true nature, after all and to him it was just a harmless trinket.

Frodo took up the Ring as it was beginning to awaken, though he forestalled it at first by not using it. But once he took it up, he knew what it was and was aware of his burden and its nature. And, too, he bore it in the heart of its greatest power and was thoroughly scoured by its evil by the time the Quest was over.
Jul. 15th, 2015 09:56 pm (UTC)
Very nice. I feels really true to life in the way that we sometimes remember imperfectly moments that turn out to be crucial in our life story. I especially liked the ending.
Jul. 16th, 2015 02:42 am (UTC)
The third part was almost an afterthought, but I am glad I included it! Thank you!
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:07 am (UTC)
Bittersweet but lovely and very much how memory works, bringing some things to the fore, leaving others behind where they can do no harm. And I loved the way Gandalf was the constant through the different memories.
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:34 am (UTC)
Thank you.

Gandalf was the constant in Frodo's journey. He was at Frodo's side whenever he wakened in a new place.
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:16 am (UTC)
Love these views into Frodo's journey - very poignant ...:)
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:31 am (UTC)
Thank you, dear!
Jul. 16th, 2015 04:28 am (UTC)
Just lovely.
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 16th, 2015 04:43 am (UTC)
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:54 pm (UTC)
Jul. 16th, 2015 08:14 am (UTC)
I really like how you've included the theme of Free Will. And I love the ending!
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:56 pm (UTC)
Frodo chose to take the Ring; and he and Sam chose to keep on going in Mordor.

I almost did not include the ending, until I began thinking of other arrivals and departures. I'm glad now that I did.
Jul. 16th, 2015 09:16 am (UTC)
Those work beautifully individually - and are even better together.
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much. When writing short things, I find groupings help me to focus my theme even more.
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:38 pm (UTC)
And there are the constants in his life - Gandalf there at his side in his most trying of times. This was very well envisioned.

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I like to think of Gandalf as a good and dear friend to both Frodo and Bilbo, in addition to being their guide and protector.
Jul. 16th, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
So beautiful and poignant, these three combinations of arrivals and departures. Although he did not really speak his farewells to his beloved companions from before when he left Middle Earth. But at least he found life fulfilling again. And Gandalf was by his side each time he returned to life. Yes!
Jul. 17th, 2015 08:57 pm (UTC)
Of course there were many other arrivals and departures in his life, but these were the main ones.

Gandalf, I think, was a real constant in Frodo's life all along.
Jul. 17th, 2015 04:19 pm (UTC)
I love the repetition, the almost mirror quality of the first two parts, the subtle breaking free from the pattern (and yet Gandalf is at his side) in the third part.
Jul. 17th, 2015 08:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I did want to show a sort of mirror image in the first two: in one, he arrives unconscious and leaves on his own two feet, and in the second, he arrives on his own two feet and leaves unconscious.

And, as you say, the third a breaking away.

But Gandalf is there for him every time.
Jul. 18th, 2015 01:17 pm (UTC)
This is such a poignant take on the prompt--like Lindelea said, the first two parts mirror each other very starkly, and it would have been quite dark to leave it there, I think, but then third part is full of such hopefulness for his new beginning. That last line put a smile on my face (and made me start thinking about all the adventures he & Bilbo could've had together in the Blessed Realm). :D
Jul. 18th, 2015 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I've written quite a lot about Frodo and Bilbo in the West, primarily in my WIP "Ancestress", as well. as in some one shots. And Gandalf plays a large role.
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