Characters: Maedhros, son of Feanor; Bor, chieftain of an Easterling tribe; his son Borthand
Book/Source: The Silmarillion
Disclaimer: I don't own anything in the Legendarium and stand to gain nothing worth mentioning.
A/N: Maedhros continues to write about his experiences with his new-found allies. (A double drabble.)
Bor sent his son to me to learn our ways. I put Borthand in my best guest chamber, but in my nightly wanderings I kept encountering him in corridors and on the walls. In daytime, shadows grew under his eyes. There was nobody else quite that young in the place, except dogs and horses.
I put him in my own chamber, in the truckle bed my last page had used, and stayed in bed at night, watching to make sure he slept. Soon, he insisted on taking on a page’s duties. Hesitantly I agreed. He seemed happier and learned quickly.
‘We were puzzled at first when you did not offer a hostage in exchange—not even the least among your people,’ said Bor to me later.
By then, we were speaking more freely, sorting out misunderstandings.
‘Did you think so little of us, we wondered? But then you put my son into your own chamber—and when you brought him back you spent the night in our midst—you yourself, alone, sleeping without guards…’
Borthand watched the expression on my face with amusement. How quickly he had matured, moving with confidence, as among comrades, among Elves as well as Men!
A/N: I hadn't intended to inflict another etymology on my readers but "comrade" itself didn't seem to do it for me, so I checked the etymology and apparently it's related to "chamber" and the original meaning may have been "room mate".
Borthand previously featured in my story "Uldor". In that story, he tries to befriend Uldor in Himring but Uldor suspects Maedhros has put him up to it. So, in a way, this piece could be read as prequel to "Uldor". Also, in my 'verse, Maedhros suffers from chronic insomnia, although in this drabble you could just read it as elves needing less sleep.
(I'm considering also submitting this piece for the Exchange Student challenge on SWG.)