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The Hidden Vale by Linaewen

Author: Linaewen
Title: The Hidden Vale
Rating: G
Theme: Arrivals and Departures
Elements: 315
Summary: Boromir reaches the hidden valley of Imladris.
Word Count: 315
The Hidden Vale
Boromir had traveled many days, following the river northwards.  Surely he must now be drawing nigh the region where Elrond dwelt in Imladris!  At last his hope was confirmed when he came upon a road that followed the river for a time, before plunging into dark pine woods.  It was good to be back on a road again.  Night was falling, but Boromir determined to press on, even if it meant walking through the night.  He felt certain his destination was close.

After some miles, Boromir emerged suddenly from a shadowy ravine into the sunlight; a long flat incline was before him, leading down to a ford. The water was wide and flowed calmly over the stones of the ford, but there was evidence on both sides of the bank of a recent heavy flood. He wondered at that, for he had seen no sign downstream of floodwaters swelling the banks of the river.

He stopped at the edge of the water, strangely reluctant to go forward. Was it really safe for men to pass this way? If the river was under the control of Elrond, would it rise up against him, a mere mortal? Then he chided himself for a fool; surely it was safe!  It was rumored in Gondor that the line of the Princes of Dol Amroth claimed Elvish blood; he shared that bloodline, through his mother. Whether such a heritage would make any difference to these Elves of Rivendell, Boromir did not know.  But it was enough that he could claim his heritage as a proud son of Gondor and a faithful servant of the White City and her Lord. He was an honorable man and an ally against the Enemy, sent here by a dream on a special errand.  He could go forward in confidence.

Boromir stepped forward into the water, and thus passed into the hidden vale of Imladris.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 15th, 2015 07:40 pm (UTC)
What a marvelously-described scene. I felt I was right there with him.
Jul. 15th, 2015 09:46 pm (UTC)
And I am certain that Elrond knew that he was coming. Very nice!
Jul. 15th, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
Very nice! I especially liked the last bit, where he reflects about his presumed lineage but asserts himself for what he knows and who he is.
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
Nice descriptions of the setting, and I love the pride and courage and decency he has here. It makes me sad once again that he didn't survive the Quest.
Jul. 16th, 2015 04:23 am (UTC)
I loved this!
Jul. 16th, 2015 08:44 am (UTC)
I really like your description of the setting, I could picture this scene so well!
Jul. 16th, 2015 09:01 am (UTC)
I can just imagine him pausing there - I bet he wouldn't have realised he was, doubtless, being watched by the outer guards, too.

It never really occured to me that Boromir must have a touch of that fabled elven blood, too - good point!
Jul. 16th, 2015 03:04 pm (UTC)
Those thoughts of hesitation are the marks of a good commander, as is the observation of a recent flood. Very nicely visualized.

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 16th, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC)
I rejoice that he has found the confidence to pursue his path, and has remembered that he, too, is kindred from afar. Well done!
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