Azalais (azalaisdep) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Water challenge, Sea - From the Balrog-Slayer's Mouth, or Go Straight to the Source

Author: Azalaisdep
Title: From the Balrog-Slayer's Mouth: or, Go Straight to the Source
Characters: Bilbo, Glorfindel
Source: LoTR Appendices
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Middle-earth belongs to Tolkien and his heirs: I wander there for fun, not profit

From the Balrog-Slayer's Mouth: or, Go Straight to the Source

“The very person! Elen sila am lúmen vín govaded, nín mellon!” Running ink-stained fingers distractedly through curly grey hair, Bilbo beckons the passing Elf into his study, apparently drowning in a sea of parchments.

“How best should I render this phrase – wings of fire, or flames like wings?  What do you advise?”

Barely a flicker crosses the golden-haired Elda’s face; but the Hobbit sees and is at once contrite.

“Forgive me – in my enthusiasm I forget! Doubtless you would rather not recall-”

“We must all suffer for scholarship’s sake, little master.” Smiling, Glorfindel reaches for the parchment. “Let me see…”


Elen sila am lúmen vín govaded, nín mellon  - “A star shines upon the hour of our meeting, my friend.”  (Elen and lúmen are Old Sindarin, according to Ardalambion. I have a hunch Bilbo might have a bit of a poetical affection for the slightly flowerier-sounding O.S.)

“Bilbo's 'Translations from the Elvish’…were found to be a work of great skill and learning in which, between 1403 and 1418, he had used all the sources available to him in Rivendell, both living and written.” - The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Prologue, Note on the Shire Records, my emphasis!
Tags: author: azalaisdep, challenge: water: sea, character: bilbo, character: other canon character

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