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A Promise ere Parting - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: A Promise ere Parting
Rating: G
Theme: Nostalgia
Elements: "Pine" - the verb
Author's Notes: For La-Prime, Just_Ann_Now, Nierielraina, Virtuella, ThunderaTiger, and Illereyn, for their birthdays.</i>.
Summary: Legolas finds himself making a promise to his father.
Word Count: 300

A Promise ere Parting

“For what do you pine, ion nín?" asked the Elvenking.

Legolas’s eyes were distant as he turned to meet his father’s gaze. “What leads you to believe I pine for anything, hir nín?” he asked, his voice toneless.

Thranduil shook his head, examining his golden-haired son from head to the toes of his soft leather shoes. “For the past yen we have barely seen you here within the Greenwood, for you have been about the establishment of your own realm, spending time amongst your mortal acquaintances. But now that Elessar is gone it was my hope you would perhaps return here for a time ere you resumed your rule. And here you are----” he indicated the balcony on which Legolas had spent so much of this visit, staring westward, “and it is obvious that your heart is not with us, your family and your people.”

For a time it was not clear what it was the younger Elf considered, but at last he truly saw his father and King. “For what do I pine, Adar?” he asked. “Not for anything within your power to grant to me.”

“I almost wish that the Enemy’s Ring had remained lost, for then I would not have lost you.”

The answer was a twisted smile. “Would you truly prefer it were this stronghold still surrounded by tainted trees, the great spiders, and Sauron’s other atrocities?” Legolas sighed. “My time to go West approaches swiftly, Adar. I began the building of my ship long ago. Gimli sails with me.”

Thranduil’s heart twisted. “I cannot tempt you to stay, my son?”

“I was lost to you the first time I heard the wailing of the gulls. They call, and I must sail.”

A pause. “Then greet your naneth for me, my beloved.”

Wordlessly, Legolas assented.


( 26 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 30th, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
O Larner...you've written one of the most touching scenes between my favourite elves. *hugs you, and hugs them both* This is perfect. Dare I hope Thranduil will follow before long?

Kaylee Arafinwiel
Dec. 1st, 2015 08:20 am (UTC)
Accepting that his son was quitting Middle Earth must have torn at Thranduil. So glad I could capture these two in what must have been a most difficult period for both of them.

Thanks so!
Nov. 30th, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
This is so poignant. You've written a heartfelt farewell for them.
Dec. 1st, 2015 08:22 am (UTC)
Thank you so, Shirebound. How difficult it must have been for the two to say good-bye once more, knowing that this time they will not meet here on the hither shore.
Nov. 30th, 2015 10:29 pm (UTC)
This is so beautifully written!
Dec. 1st, 2015 08:23 am (UTC)
Thank you so, Nesselrealta. Somehow I knew that this must focus on Legolas this time. So many must have felt emptied out before they took ship for Tol Eressea.
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Dec. 1st, 2015 08:25 am (UTC)
Coming to love a Dwarf, a Man, several Hobbits, and a land distant from the realm in which he was born and dwelt all his life prepared him for the day he must give in to his Sea Longing, I'd think. But he must have found it both difficult to shake loose of the final ties even as it was a relief to find his ship heading West.
Dec. 1st, 2015 01:10 am (UTC)
So poignant. I wonder if Thranduil ever sailed West.
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:01 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, very poignant. I do hope that Thranduil did at last sail, but I suspect he would have been amongst the very last to do so. Thanks so!
Dec. 1st, 2015 07:18 pm (UTC)
There's a fanfiction idea right there! Someone ought to write a story about Thranduil sailing West and joining his son.
Dec. 1st, 2015 01:19 am (UTC)
What a sad farewell for father and son.
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:02 am (UTC)
I so agree, Addie. But at least Thranduil knows that his son will seek out his mother, hopefully returned after so long a time, to bear his greetings for him, and thus know the love of family there as here. Thanks so!
Dec. 1st, 2015 01:28 am (UTC)
It's always sad to think of Legolas and Thranduil having to say good bye. Nice story, Larner.
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:03 am (UTC)
I do agree, ignoblebard. But at least we can hope they both know reunion in time with one another and those lost so long ago.
Dec. 1st, 2015 04:04 am (UTC)
Great gapfiller of how it must've been for Thranduil to realize Legolas' sea longing. I liked the Elvish that you had in here as well.
Love this!
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:06 am (UTC)
They must have had such a parting, I would think. And I cannot imagine them using their titles in Westron here. We know that Legolas has known the Sea Longing since before the fall of Barad-dur; now he must speak openly of it with his father ere he sails.

Thanks so, Periantari!
Dec. 1st, 2015 04:53 am (UTC)
You so rarely write of Elves alone! Wonderfully done, you truly capture the sorrow of the parting of father and son.
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:08 am (UTC)
I know, Dreamflower, but now and then they deserve their own time, don't you agree? Even Elves move on, even if it is not necessarily what they'd prefer. Sorrow as well as joy is the birthright of those born immortal, I'd think.

Thanks so very much!
Dec. 1st, 2015 06:19 am (UTC)
Another loss for Thranduil--but at least there is a greeting he can send...
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:11 am (UTC)
He has known so many--his father, apparently his wife, so many he knew who died battling the Enemy over ages of the World. And now it is his own son who leaves him. At least he can hope some have returned from the Halls, and that he can send to them his own greetings through Legolas, and he can count on Legolas loyally delivering them all!

Thanks so, Hhimring!
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:13 am (UTC)
Very poignant. My heart hurts for them both. A great alternative perspective on what we know from the LOTR appendices.
Dec. 16th, 2015 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you so, Starbrow. It is always a challenge to imagine just how those happenings the Master only hinted out were managed.
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:47 pm (UTC)
This parting was surely bittersweet with no assurance of either side about any future with each other. Beautifully written, of course!

- Erulisse (one L)
Dec. 16th, 2015 08:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much, Erulisse. No, we don't know if father and son were ever reunited without Thranduil first going through Namo's halls, but I would hope that in time he did sail also.
Dec. 5th, 2015 12:35 am (UTC)
This is melancholy but satisfying. It fits well with the theme in the books that some people have to lose things in order for others to gain them.
Dec. 16th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I so know it, Lignota. In fact, that is the focus of my next chapter of Points of Light, which I hope to post next week.
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