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"One Shining Moment" by Shirebound

Author: Shirebound
Title: One Shining Moment
Rating: G
Theme: Waiting
Author Notes: A prequel, of sorts, to my 2006 story "The Path to Healing".
Summary: A 5000-year hope is fulfilled.
Word Count: 200



He had wished only to use his skill to help his people; to craft a means for them to preserve what they had, and enhance what they made. But by the time his Great Work was at last complete, it was too late. There could be only furtive use, power carefully shrouded, secret, and hidden, a small fraction of what could have been. Through life and death and life again he had come, waiting, hoping, wondering if all he had wrought would fade and be forgotten before ever his vision could blaze forth unsullied and unShadowed.

One day, called by he knew not what impulse, he felt an urge to climb the highest hill atop the Lonely Isle. He gazed eastward, wondering what had called him out from his humble workshop. Then from over the Sea he felt it, a rushing, buoyant pulse of brilliant colors and unlimited potential. He cried out in exultation, pierced by bright Music and searing joy. Celebrimbor fell to his knees, his head bowed in gladness that the Three had at last been freed from the watchful Shadow. They had reached out and found one another, and had found him, and as one, they sang.

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bigheart03
Jun. 21st, 2016 04:55 pm (UTC)
Why this is quite epic, Shirebound! I was looking for your story "The Path To Healing" in WOTM, but haven't found. Where is it?
shirebound
Jun. 21st, 2016 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

My stories are archived at Stories of Arda and fanfiction.net.
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starbrow
Jun. 21st, 2016 06:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is so lovely! It's just so great to see poor Celebrimbor get a moment of happiness, and that he knows that the wrong which was done to him by Sauron has been put right at last. I think he and Frodo will have a lot to talk about - if that's what the sequel to this is about then I simply must read it!
shirebound
Jun. 21st, 2016 06:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's indeed what the sequel is about. :)

Thank you so much for your kind words!
ambree40
Jun. 21st, 2016 06:24 pm (UTC)
I'm in awe of you, Shirebound. You tend to pick up any of Tolkien's characters and enhance it through glimpses of what "came after".
As always, I'm profoundly moved.
shirebound
Jun. 21st, 2016 06:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my friend. What a lovely thing to say! The Professor was so kind to leave us many gaps to fill.
lbilover
Jun. 21st, 2016 07:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is beautiful, Janet! And you packed quite a punch into 200 words. Brilliant.
shirebound
Jun. 21st, 2016 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. It really is amazing what can be conveyed in so few words.
aliensouldream
Jun. 21st, 2016 08:49 pm (UTC)
That's lovely. I can feel his longing and his great joy.
shirebound
Jun. 21st, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad.
hhimring
Jun. 21st, 2016 09:25 pm (UTC)
A shining moment indeed! No wonder it pierced him with searing joy.
shirebound
Jun. 21st, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
addie71
Jun. 21st, 2016 10:04 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful. Such a joyous moment.
shirebound
Jun. 21st, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
blslarner
Jun. 21st, 2016 11:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, but how wonderful that he has the chance to see his creations finally freed from the power of the One! Delightful!
shirebound
Jun. 21st, 2016 11:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I love triumphant moments for characters who truly deserve them. :)
lindahoyland
Jun. 21st, 2016 11:18 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful moment.
shirebound
Jun. 22nd, 2016 12:51 am (UTC)
Thank you, Linda.
elwenlj
Jun. 22nd, 2016 12:42 am (UTC)
oh Wow! I love this! You surpassed yourself.
shirebound
Jun. 22nd, 2016 12:51 am (UTC)
Oh my, thank you! *beams*
lavendertook
Jun. 23rd, 2016 01:48 am (UTC)
Oh, what a beautiful moment for Celebrimbor. How wonderful that you thought of and brought us what the freeing of the rings would do for their creator and of course, in Arda that would mean music. <3
shirebound
Jun. 23rd, 2016 04:19 am (UTC)
*beams* I'm so glad you 'get' this. That's exactly what I had in mind.
dreamflower02
Jun. 23rd, 2016 05:02 pm (UTC)
What a joyful moment! I've always loved the idea that the Three Rings could one day be freed of the domination by the One, and be allowed to do the good and the healing they were meant for.
shirebound
Jun. 23rd, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
I thought you'd enjoy this! Your stories have brought me such joy over the years, and I also love writing about the Three being of use in the Fourth Age.
layne67
Jun. 24th, 2016 09:02 am (UTC)
That was amazing. So much power packed in just 200 words!
shirebound
Jun. 24th, 2016 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *beams*
periantari
Jun. 25th, 2016 03:51 am (UTC)
beautiful and what a character to choose !left me wondering till the end nut brilliant choice of character and words. beautiful!
shirebound
Jun. 25th, 2016 04:23 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was hard for me not to reveal the name until nearly the end.
silver_trails
Jul. 7th, 2016 03:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is beautiful!
shirebound
Jul. 7th, 2016 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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