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A Sign of Hope

Author: Linda Hoyland
Title:A Sign of Hope
Rating:G
Theme:Birds
Elements:Jay
Author's Notes: none
Summary: Faramir encounters Gandalf in his father's garden.
Word Count:200 

 

In the sunny seclusion of the Steward's gardens, the old Wizard thoughtfully sat watching the birds searching for unwary insects.

 

“Am I disturbing you?” asked the young man.

 

“Not at all, my dear boy, I was thinking how people resemble birds,” said Gandalf. “Your father now reminds me of a hawk, for nothing escapes his attention.”

 

“An apt observation.” Faramir seated himself beside his friend. “Which bird do you associate with Boromir?”

 

“The jay; a colourful and sociable fellow.”

 

Faramir smiled as he watched the handsome bird strut across the lawn.” And what am I, Mithrandir? he enquired.

 

“I see you as a swallow, my boy,” said the Wizard.

 

Faramir looked slightly disappointed. The Swallow was a pretty and graceful little bird, but it seemed somewhat insignificant compared with the keen eyed hawk and handsome jay. Still, it was fitting enough for a younger son.

 

“Why so downcast?” asked Gandalf. “The swallow comes with the springtime as a sign of hope, so what bird could be finer? However long and dark the winter the swallows will always return. Now I must return to the archives.” With those enigmatic words, the Wizard rose from the bench leaving Faramir lost in thought.

 

Comments

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shirebound
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
I love scenes between Gandalf and Faramir. It would be nice if encounters like this gave the young man hope and confidence.
lindahoyland
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm pleased you enjoyed this. I'm sure Gandalf helped Faramir and influenced him a good deal.
blslarner
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Indeed a perfect comparison for this gentler of the two sons of Denethor! Very well done, Linda.
lindahoyland
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
Thank you,I'm pleased this worked for you and you enjoyed it.
telstar_gold
Apr. 21st, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
However long and dark the winter the swallows will always return
Wise words from Gandalf.

Very nice drouble :)
lindahoyland
Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm pleased you enjoyed it.
mrowe
Apr. 21st, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
Wisely spoken indeed by Gandalf - and of course Faramir will have the wisdom to recognise the compliment once he thinks about it.
lindahoyland
Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm sure Faramir will understand when he has time to think.
dreamflower02
Apr. 21st, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
So perfectly hopeful! I love the setting of before the Quest, with Gandalf visiting there in Gondor--a very rich vein of possibility not often explored in fic.

And the birds chosen to fit each personality were just right as well!
lindahoyland
Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm pleased you felt I chose the right birds!I love speculating over these years Tolkien only hints at.
labourslamp
Apr. 29th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Ah, but an African or a European swallow?

All frivolity aside, I really liked this: short but sweet. And Boromir really does strike me as a jay--they can be quite proud at the birdfeeder, and the other birds get very, very wary!
lindahoyland
Apr. 30th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
I was thinking of the swallows that come to England each spring from Africa.I'm pleased you enjoyed this and Boromir did remind you of a jay as I'm not very familiar with the bird.
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