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Love in other languages

Prompt: Bree: Hobbits are well known for their gift-giving traditions. Write a story or poem in which the exchange of gifts is featured, or use "gifting" as a theme for a piece of art.


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He'd come to teach, to struggle and to save. Yet giving wasn't straightforward one had first to be given.

Pallando hadn't expected gifts, but Children were prodigious! He found 'his' people ardent, violent, fractiously pious, wounded, passionate desperately desirous of courageous, all-giving love.

Unbearable, his fiery brother's vicious perversion of that desire!

Yet even Sauron had had first to be given their language: their yearning for wholeness, for god-like union with God in life's grey years.

As they gave, so gave Pallando, testifying:

For frail flesh, to be living flame is to live where God dwells: patiently in each other...

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Building off of False Fire, fleshing out a little of Esteven's many-times-removed ancestral background.

Pallando is one of the Blue Wizards sent 'East'. I had him veer south eventually and settle in with the Haradrim. See "The Istari" in Unfinished Tales.


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