This was a lovely read.
Very unique and a little nostalgic.
I'm beginning to love Glorfindel a lot, with all the fics I've been reading lately. He's such an intriguing character, with so much history.
The deck of the Azar tilted gently under his feet as the ship leant into the dance of the sea it was named for. Or was azra the sea, and azar the word for star? He couldn't recall.
Fëanor would be ashamed of you.
Like a bulwark against the gathering memories, he ducked his mind behind the linguistic query and thought it through. It seemed foolish to name a ship after the ocean. 'Star' seemed more likely – although he had a nagging idea that the Adûnaic word for star began with a 'g'. Nelyo would have known, or Turgon. Finrod most likely did know; he had always loved immersing himself in different cultures...
And now you're back to precisely the place you did not want to go.
I'm guessing this Glorfindel is part of the Finweion brood? Lovely reference to those he loved and lost and his reticence at going back there in his mind. :(
Alatar and Pallando-this was so different:
“I am a hunter, not a philosopher.” The wizard's eyes flared, and for a moment on the salted air Glorfindel tasted the green, untamed sweetness of an ancient forest, and heard the soaring call of a horn – and then Alatar smiled. “My skill with words is small.”
He was one of Orome's Maia!? I love that you included that. I think so many of us forget who the Wizard's truly are sometimes and this brought it home to me.
All in all Narya, another lovely story from you. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Author's Response: Thank you! :) I love Glorfindel too. And yes, in my 'verse Glorfindel is a Finweion - Lalwen's eldest, she marries a Vanya and has a troop of golden-haired children. I'm glad you liked Alatar and Pallando too; I had a lot of fun with them!
I liked both the characterization of the Blue Wizards and how you chose to involve a Numenorean ship and Numenorean characters as well--and how both of these interact with Glorfindel, who is struggling with the tension between past and present!
Author's Response: Thank you! It made sense to me that they would use a Numenorean ship for the second leg of the journey. And I really enjoyed writing Glorfindel, it was a challenge to get that tension into a relatively short piece, so I'm glad it came across.
lovely lovely story. I really like how Glorfindel thinks back and the way the memories wash over him. And it's great to read a bit about the Blue Wizards! I really enjoyed this.
Author's Response: Thank you so much, Nelya! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
That was beautiful! I don’t see many Glorfindel as he returns stories, and I love that he has doubts and memories that still eat at him. I can’t imagine they wouldn’t for all his fame and power. Such beautiful descriptions, too, bit you always do write wonderful descriptive prose!
Author's Response: Aww, thank you! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas :)
Oh Narya- you evoke the sea so perfectly, the sense of emptiness and silence, the 'patience' of the sea (fabulous image), and the unknown that faces Glorfindel.
I love the idea that Alatar is a hunter- perfect idea, and he is like but not the same as Gandalf.
Atop the forecastle the Númenorean sailors sat on crates and upturned barrels, most heaped in furs and hunched together for warmth. A youth with skin the gold of sunlit sand cradled a stringed instrument as though it were a delicate treasure; next to him, a tall, straight-backed man with silver-flecked hair brushed his fingertips over the taut skin of a hand drum. One of the others hummed a low, sweet note, and a small group of them broke into a carol full of bright harmonies and cantering rhythms.
Each image is a jewel- which is why I admire and love your writing so much, Narya. You use the senses completely and just immerse me in the scene you paint. Beautfiul and evocative and with a strange nostalgia - it is very Tolkien-esque in its qualities of being completely believable and as I said, evoking this yearning that it is true and real.
Author's Response: Thank you so much!! I don't currently have my books to hand, I'm at my parents', but somewhere in either Last Writings or the UT essay on the Istari there is a reference to Alatar being a Maia of Oromë, and Pallando serving Nienna and Námo, so Alatar being a hunter made sense to me :) yes, he is both like and unlike Gandalf. I imagine him as both jollier and wilder.
it is very Tolkien-esque in its qualities of being completely believable and as I said, evoking this yearning that it is true and real.
And that is the most wonderful compliment you could possibly give!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, dear.