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windswept1
windswept1
Acacea
Mon, Apr. 24th, 2006 10:21 pm
Ficlet: Music Lessons

Well, while writing the ickle ficlet yesterday, another one sort of cropped up, and so here it is.

Still with Faramir:)

Music Lessons

It was quiet in the gardens, but for the soft sounds of birds chirping and the occasional dried leaf fluttering down to the red and golden carpet below. There were few people outside; an old man on a stone bench under the shade of a large tree, with a pipe in his hands and a boy sitting by a disused birdbath in the shrubbery.

“Plrrfft!” Faramir said loudly, scaring away the birds roosting on the bush near him, and startling the old man enough to nearly drop his pipe.

Faramir sighed impatiently as he pulled his fingers out of his mouth, “How ever does he do it?”

“How does who do what?”

Faramir looked up startled, and sprang to his feet uncertainly when he saw Mithrandir standing at the steps leading down to the shrubbery. The old man walked down the steps and Faramir gazed at him curiously, much as he had the previous day when he had arrived in Minas Tirith to meet his father. He moved briskly for one of his age, and he carried a staff in his hands.

Faramir felt a little awkward, not having spoken to him before, for the old wizard, as some of his father’s councillors had called him, had seemed quite busy in an intense discussion with Denethor.

“Well, child,” Mithrandir said in an amused tone, “Whatever was that noise you were making? I almost thought I’d see a herd of oliphaunts charging down on me.”

A herd of oliphaunts, Faramir thought would be much louder, and he blurted out as much, “Father said it sounded like a herd of oliphaunts when Boromir was learning to play the lute,” he said doubtfully, “Was I as loud as that?”

“No,” Mithrandir told him, and the skin near his eyes crinkled up some more, making him look much nicer, “Forgive me then. It has been many years since I last saw a herd of oliphaunts.”

“You have seen oliphaunts?” The awkwardness that Faramir felt vanished in an instant.

“Yes,” again the eyes crinkled up, “And yes, I’ll tell you all about them. If you tell me what it is you were trying to do, scaring away all the birds like that?”

“I was trying to sound a birdcall, sir, like Boromir does. When he does that, then the birds come and sit on his hand and let him feed them,” he said, “I’d like to do that too.”

“Ask him how he does it,” Mithrandir suggested.

“Yes, I suppose I should,” Faramir said a little doubtfully.

The wizard looked at him silently for a moment, and Faramir found himself gazing back at the wrinkled face.

“If you like I can show you how I do birdcalls,” Mithrandir offered.

“You can?” Faramir said, a little excitedly, before his shyness from the previous night returned.

“I mean would you, sir? Please, if you have the time?” he said after a pause, hoping he sounded politer now.

“I certainly would,” the wizard said smiling, “And it will not take very long.”

It took them a few hours. By the time they were done, Faramir had learn not only just how to place his fingers and to blow softly through them, but also how to make the sounds vary by moving his finger a little this way for a robin’s call or a little that way to sound like the small yellow birds hopping on the birdbath. And Mithrandir even showed him how he could place a cherry seed between his teeth and let out a completely different sound.

He was a fine lad, Mithrandir would say later to any who would listen, polite, kind and a little shy. And he displayed none of the wariness mixed with exasperation that his father or even some of the hobbits in the shire were so wont to when they saw the wizard. It was a refreshing change.

“Thank you,” Faramir said, as they left the shrubbery together. He was due to go for his archery practise. “I didn’t want to ask Boromir because father says he is readying to join his troop next week, and so I mustn’t disturb him with frivolous matters. He is always with the arms masters or with father. It was very kind of you to help me.”

“I was most happy to help,” Mithrandir said solemnly, "But you needn't worry. It is not so frivolous after all. I hear the rangers in the woods use birdsongs to speak to each other when they fear their enemies are eavesdropping."

“But tell me,” he asked as they neared the citadel buildings, “Has Boromir learned how to play the lute yet?”

“Oh yes,” Faramir said enthusiastically, “He plays very well.”

He was also a most loyal brother, the wizard realised, when he did get to hear Boromir play the lute a few days later.

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altariel
altariel
Altariel
Mon, Apr. 24th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)

“And it will not take very long.”

It took them a few hours.


How I love Gandalf. And this ficlet was gorgeous :-)


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windswept1
windswept1
Acacea
Mon, Apr. 24th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)

Ooh...thank you! I'm glad you liked it.

Gandalf is a nice guy indeed! Especially when he's praising Faramir:)


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aervir
Aervir
Mon, Apr. 24th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)

I like this even better than yesterday's ficlet, for it has Faramir being the Wizard's pupil, which is always great. :)

Very touching, and with some wonderful characterization.


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windswept1
windswept1
Acacea
Mon, Apr. 24th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)

Mwuahhh...glad you liked:) I quite like the Wizard's pupil too, and I often wish the good old professor had shown some more of the wizard with his pupil:o

I'm glad the characterisation works... thank you!


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edoraslass
edoraslass
Edoraslass
Mon, Apr. 24th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)

Gandalf is so friendly and patient with Faramir - it's just wonderful.
Ann's Kindred Spirits made me adore the teacher/student relationship between Gandalf & Faramir, and this just makes me adore it all the more. I just wish they'd had more time to spend together, because I think both would have benefitted greatly.


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edoraslass
edoraslass
Edoraslass
Mon, Apr. 24th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)

Dang, I just looked at that drabble again and realized that Ann wrote it for you! heeeee...


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windswept1
windswept1
Acacea
Tue, Apr. 25th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)

Ooh! Yes, and I lurvvvv that drabble because it's all about Faramir goodness from another person's point of view.

I'm really glad you liked thsi too:) I do wish we'd got to see them having a little more airitme together in the books...


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just_ann_now
just_ann_now
Ann
Mon, Apr. 24th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)

*squeeing quietly because STILL at work*
Thanks, EL! I love the idea of a warm friendship between these two.

This is just a gorgeous, gorgeous ficlet, and I will tell you right off the bat that I will be nominating it for the MEFA's (Coming very soon!). Some of my very favorite scenes: the idea of Boromir with birds eating out of his hands - incredible! Faramir and Mithrandir discussing the habits of oliphaunts; Mithrandir comparing Faramir to the hobbits - too funny!

Thank you for brightening my way-too-long day: my face was hurting from all the smiling, but this made me smile in a nice, real way.


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windswept1
windswept1
Acacea
Tue, Apr. 25th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)

I'm so glad you liked it:) Seeing as you sparked it all off:)) and thank you for liking it so much that you'd like to nominate it.

*also squees quietly because also at work*

And glad to make you smile:)


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lilan14
lilan14
Lilan
Mon, Apr. 24th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)

Oh, how cute!!! I love this Faramir, yes, I do! How great to see him happy in this angst-filled fandom! And I think it's simply great that you don't make him overly shy. He's such a perfectly natural boy - polite, too!

Boromir and his harp... mwahahaha!!


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windswept1
windswept1
Acacea
Tue, Apr. 25th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)

I'm glad he doens't come out overly shy... I wnated him to be too curious to be too shy:)) and glad the harp works:))

thanks you! I'm really delighted you liked this too:)


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applegnat
applegnat
citizen tipu
Tue, Apr. 25th, 2006 08:31 am (UTC)

Every bit as lovely as the last one! I'm so glad you're writing again. I love your fic. :)


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windswept1
windswept1
Acacea
Tue, Apr. 25th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)

Ooh...thank you. *huggles* I'm very glad you liked it.

I'm glad to be writing too... and I'm so glad to hear from you again. Been missing you!


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sealover_astara
sealover
Tue, Apr. 25th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)

Lovely!

He was also a most loyal brother, the wizard realised, when he did get to hear Boromir play the harp a few days later.
*chuckle*


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windswept1
windswept1
Acacea
Wed, Apr. 26th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)

Heh:) I'm really glad you liked that bit:) It cropped up suddenly right at the end, and then I knew that's how I should wrap it up:)


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avon7
avon7
Avon
Wed, Apr. 26th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)

Very cute - especially the ending. I also loved the desciptive beginning. There a couple of minor typos - shout if you wnat me to point them out (I know my nit-picking can be annoying).


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windswept1
windswept1
Acacea
Wed, Apr. 26th, 2006 11:40 am (UTC)

Thank you...glad you liked:) Esp. the ending:) I did wonder about the beginning...it was a later addition and I was afraid it might detract.

Do let me know the typos. I get loads of them:(


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cressida0201
cressida0201
Cressida
Fri, May. 19th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)

Do let me know the typos. I get loads of them:(

Pssst...here's a small one that caught my eye as I was reading: "when Boromir as learning to play the harp." That's one that spellcheck wouldn't notice.


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windswept1
windswept1
Acacea
Sat, May. 20th, 2006 10:14 am (UTC)

got it. thanks:)


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cressida0201
cressida0201
Cressida
Fri, May. 19th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)

*looks back over the reviews* I didn't review this? I certainly meant to, because I enjoyed it a great deal! I love the Faramir-Gandalf friendship. I particularly chuckled over this line:

And he displayed none of the wariness mixed with exasperation that his father or even some of the hobbits in the shire were so wont to when they saw the wizard.

Denethor would not be amused at being put in a category with hobbits!


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windswept1
windswept1
Acacea
Sat, May. 20th, 2006 10:12 am (UTC)

I'm very glad you liked it:) Faramir and Gandalf friendship just didn't get enough coverage in the books. I kept waiting to see them talk one more time and they never did:(

I always felt on re-redaing The hobbit after reading LOTR that the exasperation the some of the hobbits felt couldn't be very different from what Denethor feels. They all see Gandalf as a negative influence on the kids!:))


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