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The Queen as a Young Girl (Vanimelde Dances) by Himring

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True drabble (100 words in MS Word), written for the prompt "ballroom" at Tolkien Weekly.

 

Chapter notes:

There is a slightly different version of the following scene in my ficlet "Vanimelde Dances", written for Marta for Fandom Stocking 2014. The two versions were written more or less simultaneously.



In the disused ballroom in the old west wing, Vanimelde dances. She dances, all by herself, to the music in her head.
She lifts her arms, she twirls, she leaps… She is beautiful. She is powerful. She is at the centre of the universe. She is Luthien, whose dancing ushered in the spring after the harshness of winter. She is the Valie Nessa, who, swifter than the deer, danced at the world’s first wedding in Almaren.
Some of Vanimelde’s teachers rather disapprove of these stories. Vanimelde does not quite know what she thinks of them, but she hears their music.

Chapter end notes:

As a Queen, Tar-Vanimelde is said to have left the business of ruling to her husband, because she was more interested in music and dance. This is obviously intended as an illustration of the beginning moral decay in Numenor. But I think it's possible to see that differently and have tried to show this in the longer ficlet, which is here:

http://archiveofourown.org/works/3096845

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