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Author: Dreamflower
Title: Bregalad Keeps Watch Over Merry and Pippin
Rating: G
Theme: "Out on a limb"
Elements: A type of tree: rowan
Author's Notes:
The information found here was invaluable to me in both inspiration and information. It's part of an online poetry anthology by The Wondering Minstrels. Several of JRRT's poems are to be found there.
Summary: During the Ent-moot, Bregalad (Quickbeam) watches over Merry and Pippin as they sleep...
Word Count: 300 ( a "tribble" or triple drabble )

O Orofarnë, Lassemista, Carnimírië!
O rowan fair, upon your hair how white the blossom lay!
O rowan mine, I saw you shine upon a summer's day,
Your rind so bright, your leaves so light, your voice so cool and soft:
Upon your head how golden-red the crown you bore aloft!
O rowan dead, upon your head your hair is dry and grey;
Your crown is spilled, your voice is stilled for ever and a day.
O Orofarnë, Lassemista, Carnimírië!

(LotR: The Two Towers, Book III, Chapter IV, "Treebeard")

Bregalad Keeps Watch Over Merry and Pippin



O Orofarnë, Lassemista, Carnimírië!

I had heard the voice of the smaller hobbit softly singing along with me under his breath. But now he too snores softly alongside his elder kinsman. What a wonder they are to me! I have not seen a new thing since I was very young and green. So small they are, but their hearts are large. Their eyes are filled with wonder and with questions, and their tongues speed along hastily and as pleasantly as bird song. They are so trusting in us, a people altogether strange to them and so much larger. It will be an honour to aid these small people in their trouble.

I know the other Ents consider me even hastier than usual in this matter; why should we go out on a limb to help those who have never been of any help to us? But bararumambarumbara-hoom-ha-harba-hrum-loving Saruman in his cold stone tower, with his axe wielding orcs and his fires and steams, is our enemy, and I say that the enemies of my enemy are my friends. If no others will help, I will go with them myself alone. It is better to die trying than to fade away or to take root in the deep places of the forest, hiding from the truth.

Oh my home! The leaves a soft silver ceiling as grey as morning rain, the berries in autumn red as jewels. There against the mountainside, I had joy in the company of my rowans. They had come to have voices, perhaps in time they would have wakened for me. I would have been no longer alone.

I would I had tears, such as Men and Elves may shed in their pain and sorrow.

But I have only anger and song!

O Orofarnë, Lassemista, Carnimírië!

Comments

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shirebound
Aug. 18th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
So small they are, but their hearts are large. Their eyes are filled with wonder and with questions, and their tongues speed along hastily and as pleasantly as bird song. They are so trusting in us, a people altogether strange to them and so much larger.

I just love that! What a wonderful POV through which to view our hobbit lads.

You capture this Ent's spirit beautifully.
dreamflower02
Aug. 18th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
Thank you, dear! I've always been very taken with Quickbeam, and the way he so "hastily" befriended our lads, and was so ready to join in the fight against Saruman, Moot or no.
nancylea57
Aug. 18th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
i believe that pippin would gladly help wipe the tears of this new friend, especially tears that cannot fall because the grief would destroy the crier. pippin should be a balm to this tortured ent.
dreamflower02
Aug. 18th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Yes, Pippin, and Merry as well, may bring cheer to Quickbeam just by their comforting presence.
pearltook1
Aug. 18th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
*sigh*
Dear Bregalad. I've always loved him, and this is a beautiful moment with him.

"I would I had tears, such as Men and Elves may shed in their pain and sorrow.

But I have only anger and song! "

Tears can be a blessing.

MEWD, Dreamflower!
dreamflower02
Aug. 18th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
They can. JRRT does not say whether Ents have tears, but as they are tree-like, I thought perhaps not.

Thank you, dear!
addie71
Aug. 18th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
I love seeing Merry and Pippin through his eyes.
dreamflower02
Aug. 18th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
They had to be amazing to him-- to all the Ents, to have lived so long and never having seen hobbits before! And I think he must have been so taken with them.
blslarner
Aug. 18th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
Oh, how beautiful and terrible, this grief, wonder, and determination Quickbeam displays. Often the gentlest souls are best suited to vengeance--or so Saruman learns! Well, well done!
dreamflower02
Aug. 18th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Yes, he does learn too late. The Ents were patient and gentle, but their anger all the worse for that when it was finally kindled.

(It's no accident that in my "Eucatastrophe" AU, it's Quickbeam who actually dispatches Saruman.)
garnet_took
Aug. 18th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
Lovely story, Dreamflower. Quickbeam is my favorite ent and I'm sure he and the hobbits became great friends.
dreamflower02
Aug. 18th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
I've always been very fond of him myself. I'm glad you liked it.
surgicalsteel
Aug. 18th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
You really captured 'Ent-voice' nicely in this!
dreamflower02
Aug. 18th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! They seem a very dignified people. That site I mentioned in my author's note was a lot of help, too, in helping me understand the meaning of the refrain of Quickbeam's poem.

Edited at 2009-08-18 01:00 pm (UTC)
clodia_metelli
Aug. 18th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Lovely! That is really well done, I love the Ent's perspective on the hobbits and his reasoning for going to war with Saruman; but the final touch as his thoughts turn to his home is very poignant. Thank you!
dreamflower02
Aug. 18th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I've always been rather fond of Quickbeam, and his lament is so sad and beautiful, I wanted to do something with it.
lindahoyland
Aug. 18th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
What a lovely glimpse of an Ent point of view and the sleeping Hobbits. Quite unique!
dreamflower02
Aug. 18th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
Imagine how strange it must have seemed to creatures who had been alive for Ages of the world, to see something new!
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dreamflower02
Aug. 20th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! I knew when I had a rowan as an element that I wanted to do something with Quickbeam. The link I mentioned really helped me in my description by providing a translation of the Elven names.
baranduin
Aug. 19th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
This is lovely. I've always loved Bregalad and I think you've done him justice.
dreamflower02
Aug. 20th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Thank you! I've always loved the "hasty" Ent myself. I do hope I did do him justice.
ceshaughnessy
Aug. 21st, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! How truly lovely, soft and sweet, the story is like music itself! I love Treebeard in this. *Hugs*
foxrafer
Aug. 25th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
I adored Quickbeam so much so to see this story from his perspective makes me smile. I love how he sees the hobbits and hearing why he wants to fight. This is really lovely.
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