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Memories of Cleansing - by Larner

Author: Larner
Title: Memories of Cleansing
Rating: G
Theme: Gratitude
Elements: "tears of joy"
Author's Notes: For Illereyn and Nierielraina's birthdays as well as Thanksgiving
Summary: Frodo remembers the healing he's known on Tol Eressea.
Word Count: 200

Memories of Cleansing

As the two of them stood near the western end of the Lonely Isle, Frodo pointed out the entrance to the Fanes.

Gandalf carried me there when the spider stirred within the wound on my neck, and there they removed it at last. You cannot imagine how much weight felt lifted from my shoulders to have that gone, there where Shelob sought to poison me. After that the Powers came to me and strengthened me. It is Nienna I remember best—how she wept over me, and how I wept with her, and how the tears washed away all of the pain, the grief, the loss, the anger, the disillusion, my arrogance, even my jealousy of you, leaving me clean, ready again to be filled with joy, thankful for the chance to live and love again. I remember when my tears burned my heart. Who could have realized how they can free one to know true hope once more? And now my own Hope Enduring is again by my side, and I no longer am required to endure without it again.

Thank you for coming to me at the last, Sam. I know what I sacrificed is now fulfilled.


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 22nd, 2016 09:51 pm (UTC)
My heart breaks for Frodo, and is mended again along with his.
Nov. 23rd, 2016 02:00 am (UTC)
They are both ready now for the Final Healing, having been able to know at last the joy offered in this life. Thank you so!
Nov. 23rd, 2016 01:50 am (UTC)
Nov. 23rd, 2016 02:00 am (UTC)
Thanks so, Silver Trails!
Nov. 23rd, 2016 05:19 am (UTC)
So lovely and poignant. That tears express both joy and sorrow mingled is one of JRRT's great themes and you capture it well.
Jan. 1st, 2017 08:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, he did. "Not all tears are an evil," Gandalf advised Merry, Pippin, and Sam at the Grey Havens. And the greatest joys are that way because they are contrasted with sorrows.
Nov. 24th, 2016 02:29 am (UTC)
Reading this on the eve of Thanksgiving it seems so appropriate. *hugs*

- Erulisse (one L)
Jan. 1st, 2017 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you so, Erulisse.
Nov. 24th, 2016 10:45 am (UTC)
Frodo must have been so happy to be reunited with Sam.
Jan. 1st, 2017 08:11 pm (UTC)
Of that I am certain, Linda.
Nov. 25th, 2016 11:00 pm (UTC)
It seems very fitting that Nienna should have aided him in healing.
I'm also moved by the idea of Gandalf carrying him--that sting must still have been very potent still for him to suffer so.
Jan. 1st, 2017 08:14 pm (UTC)
In my-verse, Ungoliant had injected her essence into her daughter Shelob when she died, and then was injected under Frodo's skin when he was bitten and poisoned by Shelob. It was as she again tried to escape her current habitation that Frodo was taken to the Fanes for healing and removal of the irritant at the basis of his spider bite.

And I believe that Nienna's ministrations did much to restore Frodo after the Spider was removed.

Thank you so.
Nov. 26th, 2016 08:48 am (UTC)
This is truly beautiful. Thank goodness for the value of 'good' tears. xxx
Jan. 1st, 2017 08:15 pm (UTC)
Amen! Thank you so!
Dec. 3rd, 2016 04:21 pm (UTC)
I've added your story to the archive for this month's challenge:


Please do check it over to make sure I've included everything correctly! :)

Jan. 1st, 2017 08:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Work has been such a bear this past two months!
Dec. 16th, 2016 03:24 am (UTC)
This is so beautiful that it makes me so emotional. Thank you!!! You're amazing!
Jan. 1st, 2017 08:16 pm (UTC)
And thank YOU! To know that something I wrote has moved someone else is the greatest reward I can know.
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