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Telpelindë by Silver Trails

Author: Silver Trails
Title: Telpelindë
Rating: PG
Theme: Arrivals and departures
Elements: 300
Author's Notes: This is an amateur effort and does not intend to infringe on the rights of J.R.R. Tolkien. No profit is made and no harm is intended. I go for the HoME books, where Angrod (Angaráto) and Edhellos (Eldalótë) are Artaresto (Orodreth)’s parents.

There is no word about Eldalotë going to Middle-earth, so I am assuming that she stayed back. The fact that her name was “translated” to Sindarin as: Edhellos is not enough reason to assume she followed Angrod, as Finarfin stayed back and he also has a Sindarin name.

This was written for the LotR Community July 2015 Fixed-Length-Ficlet Challenge: Arrivals and Departures. The number of words I chose is 300.

Thank you to Erulisse (one L) for beta reading my story.

Summary: Telpelindë says good-bye to Curufin(wë)
Word Count:300

Telpelindë embraced Telpërinquar tightly and let him go, eyes wet with tears. She had already said good-bye to Curufinwë, after a long heated argument.

“I can fight too, Curufinwë!”

“That is why I want you to stay. I need to know that you are safe.”

“What about Telpërinquar then? He is too young to fight!”

Curufinwë’s expression hardened. “Telpërinquar is my son, and he will come with me.”

“He is my son too!”

Curufinwë moved closer. “He wants to come. I can’t leave him behind when Artaresto is going too. How can I deny my son when his younger cousin will follow Angaráto to Endor? Eldalótë will stay back---”

“But Elenwë is going with Turukáno!”

“And they are taking Itarillë, which is irresponsible. Other women are coming too, I know, but they are no warriors. You are, so you would fight at my side, beloved. That is why I need you to stay back.”

“Tell me why? And don’t speak of my safety when you are going to risk your life and our son’s in Endor!”

“I am exiled because of the Oath. Telpërinquar is young and I am commanding him to come, while you would be hold accountable for your actions. If I die, who will Telpërinquar return to?”

He was right…

“Will you ever come back?”

“If the Valar allow it, but I would prefer you to join us once we have defeated Morgoth. I love you, Telpelindë. Remember that.”

“And I love you, Curufinwë, but sometimes I wish I could hate you.”

“I know.”

They had shared a passionate kiss, and then Curufinwë had left. Now her son was gone too. Telpelindë brushed the tears off her face and headed back to her house. There was nothing else to do but wait for them to return.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 15th, 2015 07:46 pm (UTC)
This is a beautifully-written, heartbreaking farewell.
Jul. 15th, 2015 07:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm happy you liked it.
Jul. 15th, 2015 09:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, Celebrimbor is definitely in the air. ;)

Very nicely done.
Jul. 15th, 2015 09:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (smile)
Jul. 16th, 2015 08:54 am (UTC)
A great dialogue!
Jul. 16th, 2015 12:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:05 pm (UTC)
*hugs* It's perfect now (and the changes were so minimal). So well done!

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dear! =)

Jul. 16th, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
Grief indeed for her, to be commanded to stay back by the one whose side she wishes to stand by. At least he has reason to wish her to stay in Aman.
Jul. 16th, 2015 06:37 pm (UTC)
He has a reason, and they do love each other. She would have gone with him and fight at his side.
Jul. 18th, 2015 12:21 am (UTC)
I'm glad the reason she stayed behind had to do with love rather than another angry parting. But how sad when she finds she can't ever join them.
Jul. 18th, 2015 12:31 am (UTC)
Yes, it was very sad. I didn't want her to be a quiet wife who accepted to stay because most of the other wives stayed too. At least she was there for Celebrimbor when he came out of the Halls.

Edited at 2015-07-18 12:32 am (UTC)
Jul. 18th, 2015 02:56 am (UTC)
Oh, partings from this time period are usually bitter and angsty, so I like this take a lot. Sadly Telpelindë will be waiting for loved ones who do not come home :( (And I'm guessing she did not set out to fight in the War of Wrath, based on her words with Curufin!)
Jul. 18th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
I'm happy you liked this! I wonder what she did next. With Curufin dead, she might want to at least see her son. Or help him. Now I've that plotbunny in my head. ;)
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