Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien. Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn’ Ambar-metta!
And those were the words that Elendil spoke when he came up out of the Sea on the wings of the wind: ‘Out of the Great Sea to Middle-earth I am come. In this place will I abide, and my heirs, unto the ending of the world.’ (The Return of the King, “The Steward and the King”) 6. https://unsplash.com/photos/VUfUY0JYweA (Man playing pan pipes)
Format: Double drabble
Characters: Elwing, Eärendil, Nielíqui, and a surprise?
Creator’s Notes (optional): Also for tolkien-weekly’s Vocalisation prompt, “Call”. Continuing the theme of randomized characters…(previous entries of the series are here, here, and here at the Tolkien Weekly LJ)
Summary: Elwing discovers the identity of the Albatross, her teacher.
Elwing converses with her seabirds every day now – they come at her call. She tells them the tale of the day her Eärendil was crowned with the Silmaril – she tells the Albatross, who listens intently, more so than the gulls, and in return the Albatross tells her stories of the Eldest Days, of the Sons and Daughters of the Powers.
Besides the Chief Maiar, there were others considered of greater power, close kin to the Belain. Nielíqui was one such. One who aided Lady Vána’s train, as near as a blood-child to the Valië who could never have one, and her lord. One day, Nielíqui strayed from the Isle of Almaren, playing her pipes and dancing. I looked long and long for her, but my task was…interrupted, she admits. I never found her.
“Who are you?” Elwing breathes. For answer, the Albatross’ shape shifts to that of an Elven woman, tall and fair, garbed in the blue of Elu Thingol’s House. A crown graces her dark hair. Elwing falls to her knees, understanding suddenly.
“Daernaneth Melian!” For who else, but she herself, might have such power, and use it so naturally?
Melian raises Elwing to her feet, kissing her brow.