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Night Songs

Author: Larner
Title: Night Songs
Rating: PG
Theme: Potluck - Renewal
Elements: a nightingale
Author's Notes: For Princess of Gondor for her birthday. Beta by RiverOtter.
Summary: Awakened by the song of a bird he'd never heard within the White City, Faramir realizes he is not the only one wakeful and walking in the private gardens of the Citadel under the stars of Midsummer....
Word Count: 548



Night Songs


The night after Midsummer in the first year of the reign of the King Elessar

Faramir stirred in the night, startled by the song of a bird, one he was certain he’d never heard before within the White City. Intrigued, he rose from his bed and pulled about himself a night robe. He must go out now and see the singer and be certain his ears were not fooled!

He walked quietly down the hallway and the stairs to the lower level of the Steward’s Wing, then out the door at the end of the passage into the Citadel’s private gardens. There appeared to be a soft glow beyond the cherry trees his father Denethor had planted in honor of his marriage to the Lady Finduilas, and it was from that region that the birdsong came....

“Go softly, Faramir,” advised a voice.

Startled, the young Steward of Gondor and newly made Prince of Ithilien turned to find Mithrandir standing in the shadows of the nearby rose bushes. “I did not see you there!” he said, still keeping his voice soft in response to the admonition given him by the Wizard.

Mithrandir laughed. “I am able to hide myself at times,” he admitted. “Pray pardon an old Man’s foolishness. But what brings you in your nightclothes out into the gardens? I would have thought you had gone to your bed some hours ago, for this day has been remarkably full.”

“And the same is not true for you, my friend?”

The White Wizard laughed again, joyfully. “I find that now my task is done I do not need as much sleep as I once did, Faramir. To stand in the gardens under the stars in a sky cleared of the long darkness is rest enough tonight, I find.” His smile deepened. “And I stand somewhat guard over the privacy of those two,” he added, nodding at the soft glow beyond the cherry trees.

Realizing who else it was who wandered the paths of the gardens, Faramir indicated his own understanding. “So--the newlyweds have risen from their marriage bed and rejoice together beneath the stars also,” he murmured.

“As you shall undoubtedly do as well, and soon enough,” Mithrandir agreed.

“Shall they make Éowyn and me to leap over the broomstick?” asked the Man as he sat upon a bench. “I understand that that is the form of marriage often practiced within Rohan.”

“Perhaps,” the Wizard answered, sitting beside him.

Again the bird sang. “A nightingale,” Faramir whispered. “A nightingale, here within the gardens of the Citadel! Never have I heard such here within the walls of Minas Tirith!”

Slowly and with a level of satisfaction, his companion nodded, pursing his lips. “Indeed. But remember, friend, who it was that gave birth to the lineage of both of them, bride and bridegroom, and what were the familiars for her and her blessed mother. With that in mind, are you truly surprised?”

Faramir had to admit that he was not.

Beyond the cherry trees he could hear the new Queen of Gondor raise her own voice in song to match the beauty of the nightingale’s trill.

“And so it is,” Faramir whispered to himself, “that the nation is indeed renewed. The Valar be praised!”

“And the One,” agreed the Wizard.

Comments

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clodia_metelli
Jan. 25th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful way to hark back to Melian and the story of Luthien and Beren, implicitly retold in and their heritage renewed through the marriage of Arwen and Aragorn! Thank you!
meneleth
Jan. 25th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Your icon is, like, so totally COOL! LOL
clodia_metelli
Jan. 25th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Isn't it? :'D I wish I could claim responsibility, but actually it's the work of GENIUS ICONOGRAPHER gogollescent, who's made all of my animated icons. Because she is WONDROUS like that.
blslarner
Jan. 26th, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
Indeed it is so, Clodia. Am so glad you feel I caught the connection properly! Thank you so!
meneleth
Jan. 25th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
What a lovely story!
blslarner
Jan. 26th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)
Thank you so! It was a lovely challenge, and am glad I got to choose it!
ceshaughnessy
Jan. 26th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
What a beautiful story, Larner! I can picture them watching the couple, and walking in the garden.
blslarner
Jan. 26th, 2010 08:17 am (UTC)
Thank you so, Cathleen. It Seeing the nightingale was still available in this theme, the story seemed to write itself; and Princess of Gondor is delighted with it, so I feel even happier!
ceshaughnessy
Jan. 26th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
I love bird watching, so that was especially poignant for me. Truly a beautiful story!
dreamflower02
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
That's so beautiful! I'm glad Gandalf and Faramir did not interrupt-- but equally glad they got the opportunity to know how joyful a time it was.
blslarner
Jan. 26th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
Oh, I so agree, Dreamflower! I loved doing this one!
someplacetobe
Jan. 26th, 2010 08:59 am (UTC)
This was a very lovely story. There was the tying back to the elder Days but ..

It was just sweet.
blslarner
Jan. 30th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you approve. And I love your picture of Susan outside Aslan's tent!
someplacetobe
Jan. 30th, 2010 07:42 am (UTC)
It was such a lovely story and it was, for me, filled with really lovely imagery - I could picture the events very clearly!

And I love your picture of Susan outside Aslan's tent!
Thank you! This was a really great find at sweet__tea; some minimal!Narnia sets and this one, for me, just stood out from the rest!
labourslamp
Jan. 26th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Nightingale!squee!!

This is one of the best symbols of the King's Returning that I've seen, probably because it makes so much sense and it has as much historical significance to it as the White Tree. Very, very beautiful.
blslarner
Jan. 30th, 2010 07:17 am (UTC)
Am so glad you feel this way, Celeritas. I so enjoyed linking things back to Beren and Luthien and Melian herself in this manner. Thanks!
traveller19
Jan. 27th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
What a beautifully captured moment in time- I can picture this perfectly in my head! I especially loved the mention of "leaping over the broomstick"- it shows the vast cultural diversity of Middle Earth, and that Faramir was willing to be married by the customs of his beloved's people out of love for her. Beautiful story!
blslarner
Jan. 30th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
Leaping over the broomstick was one of the marriage rites in northern England along the Scottish border during the middle ages; that they might have used it in rural parts of Rohan or some similar rite just seemed likely. That Faramir would be willing to marry Eowyn under any rite she might choose seems likely, too! And I'm so glad you liked it!
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blslarner
Jan. 30th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)
Am so glad you appreciate this. It was time for Gandalf to begin standing down, and it must have felt so odd and delicious! To know the clarity of the starlight and listen to the world coming back to full life--what a joy for him! And that Arwen would sing with the nightingale just seemed right! Thanks so much, Mews!
nautika3
Jan. 30th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
Nice! Very nice!
blslarner
Jan. 30th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much, Nautika!
lindahoyland
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
This was just beautiful! I loved it.
mrowe
Jan. 31st, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
Great!

The connection of the nightingale with Lúthien and Melian is lovely, as is seeing a relaxed, joyful Gandalf and Faramir at peace.
wendwriter
Jan. 31st, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Absolutely brilliant stuff! Added to my favourites. :D
wormwood_7
Feb. 4th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Lovely story.
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