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"Living Jewels" by Shirebound

Author: Shirebound
Title: Living Jewels
Rating: G
Theme: "Out on a Limb"
Assigned element: Telperion
Character: Yavanna
Summary: The Ring-bearers are welcomed into the West, as is what they bring with them.
Word Count: 419



Living Jewels

“There is some work that may be accomplished once only,” she had said long ago, and such was the truth. But lately, an urge had been growing to set her hand to a new task, and the means to do so had arrived on yestereve's tide.

And so Yavanna had taken to herself the Rings of Sapphire, Adamant, and Ruby, still faintly a-glimmer with promise and purpose; and also the crystalline phial containing the essence of the Silmaril of Fëanor, its brilliance potent, and achingly familiar. All four had been freely given by their bearers, bestowing upon each person a great virtue.

She stood alone beneath the stars, murmuring words to each jewel in the pure language of Eä. Then she knelt and pressed them deeply into the moist earth with her own hands before rising, and spread her arms wide.

Her song was long in the weaving, but after twelve turnings of the Sun she felt the stirrings of new life beneath her feet, a pulsing eagerness. Here, in this verdant meadow, a sapling would rise, tall and fair. Its flowers of white and blue and rose would radiate warmth, their mingled fragrances and colors blending in harmony. And the light of each bloom would be soft, out of necessity, lest the eyes of the mortals who now dwelt here be overwhelmed.

She saw the Tree full-grown bringing forth sweet fruits, their seeds carried to far-flung gardens and lovingly tended. In time, new saplings – sons and daughters of living jewels – would flourish.

Each earth-gem had contributed its essence – vigor, healing, preservation, resolve. And so the faithful Maia, the weary hobbit children, Finarfin’s proud daughter, the Peredhel who had begun to mourn the separation from his home and loved ones... each would come in search of refreshment for their song. Here they would discover the opening notes that would guide their healing; she could already sense faint strains of Music.

All of this Yavanna perceived in her heart and mind before the seed had pushed out the first tendrils toward deep waters and open sky. Of the Tree that would stand here one thing alone she did not know: its name. It would be given by the small one who yet lingered in Middle-earth. Even now, her cherished gardener walked here in his dreams.

When all was prepared, she spoke a soft blessing to the earth, and felt it respond. And then she was gone, only a faint whisper of breeze and sparkle of air to mark her passing.

END

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nancylea57
Aug. 17th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
yes, sam will recognize this place and its very special place in the heart of eternity.
shirebound
Aug. 17th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
I think so, too. Thank you, Nancy.
dreamflower02
Aug. 18th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Each earth-gem had contributed its essence – vigor, healing, preservation, resolve. And so the faithful Maia, the weary hobbit children, Finarfin’s proud daughter, the Peredhel who had begun to mourn the separation from his home and loved ones... each would come in search of refreshment for their song. Here they would discover the opening notes that would guide their healing; she could already sense faint strains of Music.

What a beautiful thought-- I just love what you did with this, dear! It's just beautiful!
shirebound
Aug. 18th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so thrilled to have been inspired to finish this for your challenge.
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shirebound
Aug. 18th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
Oh Pearl, thank you. I love to imagine the West welcoming our hobbits 'home', and everything (and everyone) doing their best to help them heal.

Dear Sam. :)
addie71
Aug. 18th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
How beautiful. I love that Sam would be the one to name the new tree.
shirebound
Aug. 18th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
Thanks, Addie! And your beautiful icon is so inspiring.
blslarner
Aug. 18th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
Just beautiful! I had never thought of such a thing! Yes--the perfect product of such disparate relics and the faithfulness that brought them here and gave them full willing into her hands!

Lovely!
shirebound
Aug. 18th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
I appreciate that! It's always such a joy to add something to the Professor's amazing world.

We both wrote about new life from revered objects, a subject I love.
belleferret
Aug. 18th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
Oh Janet, what a beautiful idea that there is enough power left in the gems and the vial to produce a Tree of Music and Healing, and that one day, a Gardener of the Shire will give it a name.
shirebound
Aug. 18th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)
Thank you, Belle! If anyone could stimulate a new beginning for those special gems, it would be Yavanna. And the Power of Sam goes without saying. :)
surgicalsteel
Aug. 18th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
This was just lovely!
shirebound
Aug. 18th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *beams*
elwenlj
Aug. 18th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
That is absolutely beautiful. Such a fitting end for those "jewels" too, to bring healing. And to let Sam name it . . . inspired.

A piece I shall enjoy reading again and again.
shirebound
Aug. 18th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, thank you! What a wonderful compliment. :D
claudia603
Aug. 18th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
This was beautiful! Beautiful, lyrical writing!

Even now, her cherished gardener walked here in his dreams.

And this was the heart of the story!
shirebound
Aug. 18th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so inspired by Tol Eressea, and what may have been awaiting the hobbits when they arrived.
lily_the_hobbit
Aug. 18th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
What a lovely and peaceful story.
shirebound
Aug. 18th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Lily.
cookiefleck
Aug. 18th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Awww, Sam...
shirebound
Aug. 18th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
He's a Most Important Person, wherever he goes.
primula_baggins
Aug. 18th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this. I always like stories of the Valar and the Music. How lyrical your story is. It paints a beautiful picture.

Since Yavanna was the "Queen of the Earth and Giver of Fruits", it follows that Sam, the gardener, would hold a special place for her and that he is "her gardener". I love that idea.

"Of the Tree that would stand here one thing alone she did not know: its name. It would be given by the small one who yet lingered in Middle-earth. Even now, her cherished gardener walked here in his dreams."

Follow-on story, please!


Edited at 2009-08-18 03:56 pm (UTC)
shirebound
Aug. 18th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I'm just captivated by the West, and the promise it holds for our beloved hobbits.

I wrote a brief meeting between Yavanna and young Sam in my AU story "Healed", but I hadn't thought about a meeting with adult Sam. I'll see if my Muse can come up with anything! :D
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ex_lbilover
Aug. 18th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
It would be given by the small one who yet lingered in Middle-earth. Even now, her cherished gardener walked here in his dreams.
Okay, I totally lost it when I read this. I'm still crying.

What a beautiful, beautiful story, Janet. I feel that this must indeed have happened.
shirebound
Aug. 18th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so happy that this moved you. I worked very hard on this short piece.

I feel that this must indeed have happened.

That's a compliment I treasure.
lavendertook
Aug. 18th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a wonderful discovery you've made!

I hadn't thought about the further use of the rings and phial--how beautiful that this is what use they were put to! Of course!

That ending is so lovely--beautifully told.
shirebound
Aug. 18th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. :)

Surely such amazing energies could be put to use, one last time, by someone as creative and loving as Yavanna.
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shelley6441
Aug. 18th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)

What a beautiful gift to await Sam's arrival.

Thank you.
shirebound
Aug. 18th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Thank *you*. What a pleasure to be able to imagine these things, and share them.
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