Characters: Elendil Parmaite (later King Tar-Elendil of Numenor), his grandfather Vardamir, and his cousin Yavien
Warnings: impending canonical character death (implied)
Book/Source: Unfinished Tales
Disclaimer: Tolkien invented the descendants of Elros; Himring set some of them talking.
‘But you must tell me about the wonders of the Land of Gift, Yavien! You know I want to write them down, just as I do Grandfather's lore!’
Yavien opens her satchel and brings out her spoils: dried flowers and reeds, a set of fish hooks, a sketchbook filled with jottings. She begins explaining them.
‘Enough for now,’ she says, finally. ‘How's Great-grandfather?’
Suddenly, Parmaite looks sad.
‘Not well?!’ asks Yavien, alarmed.
‘Well enough,’ says Vardamir.
‘Yes,’ admits Parmaite. ‘Only, when I look at him, it's as if I see time like sand in an hourglass running out...’