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Grey Ship's Cargo, by Himring

Author: Himring
Title: Grey Ship's Cargo
Rating: PG
Theme: Nostalgia
Elements: Memories
Author's Notes: The first element of the word nostalgia is a Greek word meaning "homecoming, return home" (the second element refers to pain). That is not what the word means in English, obviously, but my drabble takes off from this idea.
Summary: A company of Elves leaves Middle-earth on a ship from the Grey Havens at the End of the Third Age. (The Ring-bearers are not mentioned; nevertheless it could be the same ship.)
Word Count: 150 (a drabble and a half, according to MS Word)

For some it is the sweet waters of Cuivienen to which there is no returning; for some it is that white city on a green hill, Tirion on Tuna. For some it is Gondolin, cupped in its encircling mountains, for some the thousand caves of Menegroth; but all that lies under the wave.
For some it is Mithlond in its days of glory, for some Hollin, built high before its fall, for some Imladris, sheltered in its cleft, for some the Golden Wood, before the gold faded.
Home is where the heart was. Home is where the heart will be.

The Grey Ship is so laden with memories it is almost ready to sink. Even those who are going home are not going home, although it is the long home of the Elves they are going to. They lean into the wind. They listen to the waves and sail on.


A/N: I was also thinking of the Tolkien Weekly challenge prompts "Noldor" and "Sindar", and so evidently there are both kinds of Elves on this ship and perhaps others as well. Some of these Elves are very old: Cuivienen is the place where the Elves first lived, right at the beginning of their history (and that first sentence is based on one in a speech by Feanor in the Silmarillion).

Comments

dreamflower02
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:08 am (UTC)
"The Grey Ship is so laden with memories it is almost ready to sink."

I can imagine so. Nearly every Elf would have many millennia of memories. Most of them had spent far more of their lives (or all their lives) in Ennor rather than Valinor.

Reminds me of these lines from a favorite song:

"A ship there is and she sails the sea
She's loaded deep as deep can be..."
hhimring
Dec. 2nd, 2015 09:11 am (UTC)
Thank you!
I wasn't thinking of that song, but it certainly fits!
I seem to remember you made it a B2MeM prompt in March?

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