Lorien Moon
by
GilArda, Pika-So

When the Fellowship stopped to rest after the horror of Moria, they were heavy of heart having lost Gandalf to the Balrog, as well as exhausted and injured. But they knew their mission couldn't be put off, and so they swore they'd take only a few days for rest at Lorien before restarting their journey. However, when they finally left Lorien, they saw the moon in the sky was in the exact same position as when they first straggled into the city in need of care and rest ... had they been insensate for the whole month? How had it happened? One possibility is that their individual perceptions of time were altered by various phenomena which convinced the members of the Fellowship they were hallucinating and thus they'd run off to get more rest or just not look skyward again for the duration! This was a combination of natural, supernatural, magical, and evil ... whatever the causes, they forced the members of the team to take as much time as they really needed to recuperate and regain their strength and thus to successfully complete their quest.

All they could conclude is that time passes differently over Lorien ...



One night, Frodo looked up and saw a red mist in the sky ... it coalesced into an orb, which he mistook for the moon. But there was something sinister in the way it moved back and forth, as if it was seeking something ... much later, Frodo realized it was likely the Eye of Sauron, looking for the Ring! Because Sauron could not penetrate Lorien's defense without the Ring, he could stare right at the bearer of his lost Ring, but could not see it ...



Sam Gamgee looked up at the sky and saw the moon wane as it does in a month, but all in a few minutes! He ran under a bush and refused to tell anyone what he'd seen, thinking for sure the balrogs were eating the moon! Shaken deeply by the events at Moria, he truly believed this even after being told that a total eclipse of the moon had occured during their time at Lorien.



Gimli and Legolas thought they were looking at the moon, but then it brightened and streaked down the horizon! They each blamed each other for some magical trick to make the other feel stupid or unstable ... It would actually turn out to be a rare shooting star or comet, but they never forgave one another for having the potential to pull such a trick on one another at such a time!



Merry and Pippin woke up and saw the moon apparently swell and change shape, then explode! It filled the night sky with light, then pieces of the moon dissipated and all was blackness ... The others heard them screaming out something about Smaug devouring the moon ... but they were likely just having a nightmare about their fireworks debacle at Bilbo's party.



In the evening before total darkness, Aragorn would look to the East and see his love in the eve'star. Arwen is Galadriel and Celeborn's granddaughter; the two young lovers had spent time in Lorien together. The princess's full name is Arwen Undomiel, which translates to "Arwen Evenstar." Aragorn never tired of watching the moon rise like a brilliant star, and lost track of the days waiting for it ...



Boromir was manipulated by the Ring. One night he looked up at the night sky and saw his White City fade, fade, fade until it mirrored Minias Morgul, the city of the Witch King. He took it as a sign to make his bid for the Ring! Alas, it only foretold his destruction ... true to its ancient name, "Luna," the moon drove him into a bleak insanity ...




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