Use Well the Days, by Lbilover

Originally written for the Tolkien Weekly challenge 'Unsung Heroes: Gardener'


Galadriel stoops to breathe on the water of her mirror. She recalls what the little gardener and lover of trees saw in it, and knows to her sorrow that his vision has come to pass.

'Show me what is to be,' she murmurs.

Images spring to life: a small box with a 'G' rune held in a brown hand; dusty feet traversing lanes with tireless intent; saplings lovingly planted and growing strong; and last of all a tree with silver bark and golden flowers standing in a field, tall and proud as a queen.

He will use her gift well.

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