Characters/Pairing: Galadriel/Celeborn (plus reference to OMC)
Warnings: allusion to Kinslaying of Alqualonde
Book/Source: Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion
Disclaimer: The characters (and their complicated history!) are entirely Tolkien's.
"...sailing proudly down the stream toward them, they saw a swan of great size...and suddenly they perceived it was a ship..."
(Farewell to Lorien, FotR)
‘In the shape of a swan?’ asked Celeborn.
He had not kept the doubt out of his voice, he saw. His wife’s chin went up.
‘You consider it inappropriate?’ she asked dangerously. ‘Am I not the daughter of Earwen?’
‘None would deny you the right! I merely wonder at the wish. Do the memories not pain you still?’
‘It was not my own idea,’ Galadriel confessed. ‘It is the ship of Cirnur’s dreams—and I am Teler enough to dream swans with him, Noldo enough to encourage a brilliant young craftsman. Also, he admires me…’
She smiled crookedly at Celeborn.
A/N: Galadriel's mother Earwen was also called the Swan Maiden of Alqualonde. As for the Kinslaying of Alqualonde, whichever version of Galadriel's story you follow, as her Noldorin and Telerin relatives fought and killed each other there in a struggle over the Telerin swan ships, which were subsequently destroyed, swan ships cannot have had entirely happy associations for her.
Ciryandur's name means "ship servant", which seemed appropriate for a boat-wright. (ETA: Dang it! The name is Quenya, which is unlikely in the context. I've changed it to "Cirnur", which is still Quenya, but can be taken as a Sindarized form.)