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Lebennin Summer by FoxRafer

Author: foxrafer
Title: Lebennin Summer
Rating: G
Theme: Some Like it Hot
Elements: the number 220
Disclaimer: All make-believe and not written for financial gain; the characters belong to Tolkien
Author's Notes: I hope this isn't too liberal an interpretation of the theme.
Summary: Faramir's beloved memories of a long ago summer
Word Count: 220 words



Faramir had visited Dol Amroth many times, but his first trip when only a child would forever stay vivid in his memory. He and his mother had gone to celebrate the birth of Imrahil's son, and on their return stopped north of Linhir to see an old family friend.

The villa overlooked the eastern banks of the Serni, and Faramir never forgot its warm sandstone courtyards and terraced gardens filled with flowers. Finduilas seemed more at home there than in Minas Tirith's cool, austere beauty. He could still hear her laughter blown on hot summer breezes.

The sun blazed in the midday sky as an outdoor hearth was stoked to life. A pot filled with an aromatic broth was placed over the flames and platters of food brought out to be cooked: thinly sliced meats; chunks of vegetables; cubed white fish, scallops and prawns. After the meal, Finduilas' clear soprano joined a seafaring song of sailors coming home, welcomed by the mountains of Tolfalas.

He cherished this vision of his mother free from worry or illness. The restoration of Ithilien would have made Finduilas smile, the hills once more filled with warmth and sunshine. And each summer he'd prepare a Lebennin hot pot to honor her memory, share her stories with his family over the crackling fire and boiling broth.

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shirebound
Jul. 20th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
The restoration of Ithilien would have made Finduilas smile, the hills once more filled with warmth and sunshine.

That's lovely. And what a wonderful way to honor her memory.
foxrafer
Jul. 22nd, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it. I'm a bit of a sap for Faramir. :-)
dreamflower02
Jul. 21st, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
What a sweet and lovely memory for Faramir to have of his mother!
foxrafer
Jul. 22nd, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
Thanks! I get a bit sappy over Faramir; love focusing on happier moments with him.
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foxrafer
Jul. 22nd, 2009 09:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! I do tend to fixate on anything that could make Faramir happy. :-)
rhapsody11
Jul. 21st, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
This is just incredibly moving, I love how you blended the past with the present where much cherished memories makes one so warm inside. i love the way Faramir honours her and remembers her still with such a memory!
foxrafer
Jul. 22nd, 2009 09:58 am (UTC)
Thank you; I'm so glad you liked it. I always get a bit sentimental with Faramir, and it was nice to imagine him off on a trip with his mom before it all went bad.
virtuella
Jul. 21st, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Lovely descriptions here. I liek to imagine South Gondor as a very mediterranean setting, and this fits that notion perfectly.
foxrafer
Jul. 22nd, 2009 10:03 am (UTC)
Thank you! I don't know if it crossed my mind before, but it seemed to work in my head when I was thinking about the area. I'm glad it worked and didn't seem out of left field.
gamgeefest
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
I'm glad that Faramir has this memory of his mother. So much of her life in Minas Tirith was grief, but he can look back and remember a time when she smiled and sang. Lovely!
foxrafer
Jul. 22nd, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
Me too. :-) I just always want to find good things for Faramir and I liked the idea of them on this trip and his getting to see her lighthearted and happy. I'm so glad you liked it.
lindahoyland
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
I loved these memories of Faramir's.His mother would indeed be happy how things had turned out.
foxrafer
Jul. 22nd, 2009 10:25 am (UTC)
Thank you; I'm so glad you liked it. I definitely like to make Faramir happy when I'm writing. I'm a bit of a sap that way. :-)
nancylea57
Jul. 22nd, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
those that say young children don't remember are so wrong, this is one of those memories that only become more precious because he has so few opportunities to form more. splendid.
foxrafer
Jul. 23rd, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
That's how I see it too, that he'd hold onto this memory because it was his alone and because there weren't many like it. I'm so glad you liked this. Thanks so much for reading.
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foxrafer
Jul. 23rd, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
What a lovely thing to say; I'm so glad you liked it!
blslarner
Jul. 25th, 2009 07:48 am (UTC)
I guess I'm rather sappy also, in loving to see Faramir find ways of celebrating rather than avoiding memories. Yes, a perfect manner in which to remember his mother! I, too, love this one!
foxrafer
Jul. 25th, 2009 10:12 am (UTC)
Sometimes I think writing happy memories for Faramir is my mission. :-) No matter how they turn out it makes me smile. Thank you so much for reading; I'm very glad that you liked it.
nautika3
Jun. 23rd, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Very sweet! I'd never considered what Finduilas would have thought of Ithilien.

I'm also grateful to be able to use the word 'pot' from your story for my Scavenger Hunt list.
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