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"Their Kinsfolk Rejoiced", by Himring

Author: Himring
Title: Their Kinsfolk Rejoiced
Rating: PG
Theme: Family Reunion
Elements: 300 words (fixed length)
Author's Notes: Gapfiller for an episode in the Silmarillion Ch. 18: Of the Ruin of Beleriand. (See also notes at the end.)
Summary: Two boys in their teens, who were missing, presumed dead, are unexpectedly returned to their family: the return of Hurin and Huor to Dor-lomin.
Word Count: 300

The sky seemed huge. Hurin had become used to the height of the Encircling Mountains obstructing the view. Above, the eagles--who had just loomed so impressively over them--were rapidly growing smaller, difficult to make out in the remaining darkness, although the first streaks of dawn had appeared on the horizon.

They had deliberately been set down in a desolate marshy spot. Nobody had spotted their arrival.

Hurin glanced worriedly upwards at his younger brother: 'Huor, you do remember we heard that Grandfather and Uncle died? And...'

'The only way to find out is to start walking,' Huor said.

‘Galdor, Galdor!’

Galdor’s first thought was that there had been another major attack. But the excitement on Berion’s face seemed to promise good news, for a change...

‘Galdor,’ Berion panted, waving a scroll. ‘Your sons! They’re back!’

Galdor’s throat constricted.

‘What! How…?’

‘Grey Elves report they were found wandering in Dor-lomin!’

Galdor could not help it—he wrapped the elven captain in a crushing bear hug and kissed him on both cheeks.

It was only much later that he even thought to ask his sons: ‘But where were you, in the meantime? Did the eagles house you in their eyries?’

Aerin was a well-behaved child, usually, but breathless excitement had got the better of her completely. She dashed into the hall, screeching: ‘They’re back, they’re back!’

‘Who are?’ asked Hareth, in a calming tone of voice.

Aerin pressed her little fists against her pounding heart.

‘Hurin!’ she managed. ‘Huor!’

The large soup tureen, a prized gift from Hareth's mother-in law Gildis, dropped to the floor with a crash, hot broth spattering everywhere.

Hareth took no notice. She leapt over the broken fragments and ran to the door. There she had to stop, clutching the door post.

‘My sons, my sons!’

End Notes:

The source passage is: 'Then they took their leave, and the eagles coming bore them away by night, and set them down in Dor-lomin before the dawn. Their kinsfolk rejoiced to see them, for messengers from Brethil had reported that they were lost; but they would not declare even to their father where they had been, save that they were rescued in the wilderness by the eagles that brought them home.'
The title is taken from this passage as well. The question Galdor asks his sons is based on a following passage. (The boys were actually in the city of Gondolin, the location of which is a well-kept secret, and they had been missing for almost a year.) The first scene is also inspired by the following illustration by peet (Peter Xavier Price): http://peet.deviantart.com/art/The-Return-of-Hurin-and-Huor-602247539.
Berion is an OMC of mine, a captain in the service of King Fingon; the other characters are canonical. Hurin is canonically  shorter than others of his male relatives.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 21st, 2016 06:35 pm (UTC)
What a great gapfiller! And a wonderful reunion.
Jul. 21st, 2016 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, Dreamflower! Glad you like it!

(Also: apologies for the formatting issues that also messed up the LJ-cut. Now fixed, I hope!)
Jul. 21st, 2016 08:13 pm (UTC)
I love the reactions of those who had been hoping against hope that these two would return home.

- Erulisse (one L)
Jul. 21st, 2016 09:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, Erulisse!
They must have been overjoyed!
Jul. 22nd, 2016 12:50 am (UTC)
Ahh, this is great! A moment of canon that I've always wanted to see explored further. I adore your little overexcited Aerin. :)
Jul. 24th, 2016 10:15 am (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you liked little Aerin here!

I've also spotted a story by Zimra about this reunion on AO3--it looks well worth reading but I haven't got around to it yet.
Aug. 11th, 2016 04:09 am (UTC)
Each of the three drabbles is so good, so telling! And I, too, love Aerin's excitement!
Aug. 13th, 2016 12:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked these--and little Aerin!
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