14
Apr

lastqueenofnumenor:

Vairë. Miriel stilled instantly at the name. In a way she had thought this being a hallucination, having so long had cause to distrust her own perceptions. But where once she would have fallen to her knees, gazed at one of the Powers with love and wonder, offered herself in service, now she felt great confusion and the anger would not let her go even as the Weaver withdrew her own protective, calming grasp. She stood watching her for a long time, she didn’t know how long and supposed it didn’t matter. Then she began shifting slowly, the edges of her fëa roiling again but more gently, a high tide meeting the shore.

"No, not I, my lady. I lived a dangerous life, dancing in the darkness. Death was no stranger to me, nor I to it. There were times when I thought.." But she turned away from that memory. "No, not I. I do not see it as a punishment, not for myself. It is bitter to me that it should have happened this way, but that is not why I demand his death. It is what Pharazô– what Calion feared most, and I would have him greet it. He sought eternity and it is wrong that he found it in any form, that any shred of him ought to remain within the world. That any shred ought to remain at all. He is a poison in the shape of a Man! I cannot help but fear even now something of him will remain to poison others. I hate him as I have hated no one else, save perhaps one. But, then, if it is as you say?”

She flickered uncertainly. Despite her mercurial nature, Miriel had not been an unintelligent woman, nor one who could not face facts. This end Vairë spoke of sounded perhaps awful enough a prison that it was worthy of devouring her cousin. And Eru Ilúvatar had ordered it.

The dead queen struggled again now, but it was only with herself. The Valar had abandoned her – abandoned Númenor – had not come no matter how much she begged and pleaded and prayed. They had let the island drown, they who had raised it and gifted it in the first place. The anger and sense of betrayal within that thought was too large for her to even grasp its edges, and the thought of facing it filled her with despair.

But had she earned her death as one of the Faithful, racing to Meneltarma to beg forgiveness and mercy, only to abandon her beliefs now? Her hatred weakened slightly more as she tentatively wrapped herself in the same familiar resolve that had been second nature to her in life. A resolve to stand true to her father, to the Faithful, to this being in front of her and those like her. That resolve was no longer whole now, tattered and rent as her spirit was. It did not fit as well as it once had. But Vairë was the master Weaver. For the first time Miriel looked upon the Valië with something other than rage.

But then a horrific realization struck her as the dead queen understood what had actually been said and what those tumbling cliffs meant.

Those who followed him? The Army?” she asked hesitantly, managing to sound hoarse even without a throat to go dry. “He took every man who could lift a sword. Nearly half our entire population, so many thousands of thousands. The biggest Army ever seen..so many ships sailed west.” The fëa wavered unsteadily, and Miriel wished she had a body once more, that she might faint and escape this hellish moment. But there was no running, no dark alleys where she could flee, no muffling draughts, nothing but the inevitable conclusion.

Calion had not only doomed the women and children and elders of Númenor to death in the cataclysm, but brought also ruin beyond ruin to nearly every man of the star-isle.

"Vairë. My people." She choked, buried in a misery that felt so heavy she fell beneath its weight. "My people.”

“Pharazôn has yet a part to play before the end,” said Vairë calmly. “Even the wicked may, in their way, yet serve the greater good despite themselves.” It was the most she could say to one of the Children, the most she could hint about the destinies of the world and her Children.

“Yes, the Army, too—or at the least, all those who set their feet upon the ground of Aman. Those who did fell under our Ban and met this Doom in the Caverns. They had their chances, their choices—any might have turned back at any point and yet most did not. This punishment is meted out to suit their crime,” she added, a flash of steel in her eyes. Kind though she was, her husband was the Doom Sayer and if his was the judgment, hers was to uphold it.

“In the end, Child, it all comes down to choice,” she murmured, seeing how Miriel flickered and sputtered like a candle touched by breeze, feeling the anger and betrayal that still simmered in the fëa and knowing its source. It was the same anger and betrayal many newly come to the Halls carried in them. “The world we made, this Arda—it does not belong to the Valar, though many of my brethren sometimes forget. We made it for you, and to you belongs its destiny. With every choice you make, the world is further shaped and the ways in which we are allowed to intervene are—limited.”

Misery rose up from Miriel in nearly palpable waves as she fell to her knees, and the Weaver flowed forward, wrapping arms around the fëa this time, for all the world a comforting grandmother in truth and not merely in seeming.

“Your people,” she murmured, rocking Miriel gently. “Your people are not all lost, my dear. Those who remained upon the isle are here, with you, despite what allegiances they may have held in life. And—many survived. Amandil reached us, Miriel. He accepted the due price of our aid, and so he, too, is here in the Halls. But we listened to his pleas, and so when the island fell, the ships of your Faithful did not founder in the torrent but were carried by Ossë’s and Uinen’s care safe to the shores of Middle-earth. Your Númenor will not be forgotten, Child.”

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Apr
bardofwaterdeep said:

(noldobroideress) Míriel wandered the Halls listlessly, her weariness following her even into death. She had mourned upon entering them, but now she could not bring herself to care even for the news of the outside world. She turned away from the halls in which tapestries hung, and shunned all other fear who dwelled therein, but yet... there was a spark of loneliness.

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doomweaver:

Vairë watched the fëa, thin as a wisp of smoke and pale with it. Some in the Halls were like this, forgetting life and light and love and soon, even the memory of flesh would be lost. Those fëar were little more than smears of light, shapeless balls of pure spirit. She understood that some needed this respite, needed this forgetfulness, that it was healing for them, in a way.

And yet it always hurt her to see one of the Children set aside all that made them unique and retreat into unbeing.

Making a decision, she pulled a seeming about her, a fana with silver-bright hair and an unlined face modeled after the Noldor more than any of the other kindreds.

"My greetings, Child," she murmured as the wisp of spirit-stuff, still elven-shaped, would have passed her by unseeing.

The idea of doing something, anything more than the desperately lonely wandering, caught at Míriel’s newly reawakened interest. To learn how to make these weavings, more brilliant, more alive than anything her fingers had ever shaped… it felt almost like a challenge.

A challenge of needlework, indeed - and what better to rekindle a little spark of enthusiasm within the one named Ϸerindë?

She almost smiled at the idea. “If you are willing to teach, then I will not spurn such an offer. You are - very kind, and have always been kind to me. I would be glad of it.”

“We have ever been teachers, rightly or wrongly,” Vairë replied briskly. “Though we have, were truth to be told plain, learned as much or more from the Children as you have learned of us. Ëa is not ours, not the Valar’s. It is yours. For all of you did we leave the realms beyond What Is and enter into this place. For all of you did we build it. Some of my brethren forget that sometimes, but truth it is.”

She smiled, seeing Míriel’s face begin to come alive once again, animated by interest and curiosity, the thrill of a challenge laid. “I will teach you, and learn from you at once. Come, Child, let me show you my Loom.”

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10
Apr
beruthielthequeen:

Women of Tolkien: Vairë of the Valier, Vairë the Weaver
“Threads, she saw. Stitches. Patterns. Stitches to hold fast. Patterns to make boundaries, to cover, to shape. To mimic. Bindings to hold them there. Threads to create. Knots to bind.” - Patricia McKillip
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Vairë the Weaver is [Mandos’] spouse, who weaves all things that have ever been in Time into her storied webs, and the halls of Mandos that ever widen as the ages pass are clothed with them.

beruthielthequeen:

Women of Tolkien: Vairë of the Valier, Vairë the Weaver

Threads, she saw. Stitches. Patterns. Stitches to hold fast. Patterns to make boundaries, to cover, to shape. To mimic. Bindings to hold them there. Threads to create. Knots to bind.” - Patricia McKillip
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Vairë the Weaver is [Mandos’] spouse, who weaves all things that have ever been in Time into her storied webs, and the halls of Mandos that ever widen as the ages pass are clothed with them.
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09
Apr
bardofwaterdeep said:

(noldobroideress) Míriel wandered the Halls listlessly, her weariness following her even into death. She had mourned upon entering them, but now she could not bring herself to care even for the news of the outside world. She turned away from the halls in which tapestries hung, and shunned all other fear who dwelled therein, but yet... there was a spark of loneliness.

noldobroideress:

doomweaver:

Vairë watched the fëa, thin as a wisp of smoke and pale with it. Some in the Halls were like this, forgetting life and light and love and soon, even the memory of flesh would be lost. Those fëar were little more than smears of light, shapeless balls of pure spirit. She understood that some needed this respite, needed this forgetfulness, that it was healing for them, in a way.

And yet it always hurt her to see one of the Children set aside all that made them unique and retreat into unbeing.

Making a decision, she pulled a seeming about her, a fana with silver-bright hair and an unlined face modeled after the Noldor more than any of the other kindreds.

"My greetings, Child," she murmured as the wisp of spirit-stuff, still elven-shaped, would have passed her by unseeing.

Míriel gazed in rapt silence for a long while. She had avoided any halls which contained tapestries, wishing to avoid reminders that there was a world outside, but now found herself not only watching these pieces but studying them, trying to fathom out the secrets of their construction.

One piece nearby seemed to depict one of those who had been lost at Cuiviénen; his clothes were rough skins, his hair golden, his only weapons a knife of stone and a blazing torch as he faced a pale being she could not identify. Even as she watched, she felt a chill, a sense of terror, and then a separation of fëa and hröa that made her shudder with remembrance. The tapestry grew dull… and began to depict the life it portrayed once more.

She turned away, back to the Valië who stood beside her. “You truly think I could create these? Even were I in my body and in the fullness of strength, I would not have your power to weave thread this way.”

Vairë smiled very slightly. “Were you in your body, you would not even be able to gaze upon these tapestries, nor follow their permutations with your eyes. Flesh is limiting, in its way, and you are stronger far now in this way—and others—now that you are shed of it.”

She led Míriel to another tapestry and let her gaze upon it. This life was longer and more complex than the first the broideress had watched. “This is my work, my meaning,” she murmured, looking about her at the Lives. “I am the Weaver of history and time itself unspools beneath my fingers. My domain is—not so conspicuous, perhaps, as that of my brethren. I have not Varda’s silver brilliance, nor yet Yavanna’s vibrant exuberance. And yet without me, could any of this exist? We all play our parts.”

She trailed her fingers through the shimmering threads of the Tapestries and they glimmered and shone, each one a world in miniature. The Halls of Lives were an orrery of sorts, moving in slow orbit about each other.

She turned back to Míriel. “I will teach you, if you will it. Your hands are nimble and your spirit strong. This work is so vital, and yet so often overlooked. But you, I think, can understand it.”

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08
Apr

lastqueenofnumenor:

Things became even more strange as the being before her changed in yet another display of the impossible. The thin appendages shot out and caught Miriel in their grasp before she had time to process that they were there at all. The dead queen startled wildly as the threads arrested her hectic movements. The fëa blazed like a star going nova, bright and fierce and doomed to brevity.

Miriel cried out in protest, giving off waves of heat that shivered like a mirage around her. At last there was something she could fight against, some focus for her anger and regret, though it was not her cousin. The fëa pushed outward, first testing the threads that wrapped around her and then fighting against them with all her strength. She might as well have tried to tear apart iron armor with bare hands for all her efforts earned her.

"He should be dead, as dead as I am!” she snarled. “He earned his unlife at the cost of my people! He should have no single shred of victory, no matter how empty a victory, nor endurance in the circles of this world! When I find him, he will have none!”

The brightness of her Self flared and dimmed in a cycling exhaustion reminiscent of a physical body gasping for air. The outburst and the force of her exertions took their toll and Miriel fell to a reluctant, unhappy stillness. As she quieted, for the first time she sensed with surprise and a relief she was not ready to admit that the weaving that held her did not hurt, in fact felt more like a protective embrace than one meant to trap.

As she examined it more closely, Miriel realized the falling-apart she had borne for so long and the cracks that tore and trembled were being held together by a strength beyond her understanding. With a sense of frightened wonder, she tentatively relaxed just a little, realizing that if she could not break them purposely, the threads would certainly not unravel if she simply let them hold her together. 

Still, even as she ceased her struggling, Miriel glared at Vairë with the same innate challenge the Weaver had first seen within her.

"Who are you and why do you hold me?" she asked, not quite calmly, but with more suspicion than anger in the question.

Miriel fought in the gentle grasp of the Weaver’s threads, thrashing and violent and maddened as a wild thing, screaming in protest and embittered passion. Vaire let her, knowing this, too, was part of healing. She must be cleansed, scoured clean of all which had damaged her, and it would be a long process and an often painful one, too. But healed she would be.

Slowly, slowly, the woman seemed to calm, to relax, testing the boundaries of the woven cradle of the Weaver’s being. Vairë sent what soothing waves of comfort to the fëa as she could, through those places in which they were joined.

“Even you, Child,” she murmured then, as Miriel quieted in the embrace she offered. “Even you see death as a punishment? Have your Faithful not taught you the truth? Death is the Gift of Men, not their Doom. Death is Eru’s dearest treasure. Even such as I will one day come to envy Men their Gift, their ability to leave this place. Bound forever to the world’s fortunes, are Eldar and Ainur, but the Edain—they are free. But Pharazôn and those who followed him, those who dared break the Ban, shall never taste that freedom. They shall endure, as Ages turn and pass, trapped forever in lightless caverns, not truly alive, but never dying. Their bodies and their minds alike shall become as a torment to them, and yet even the respite of madness shall be denied them. Theirs is the punishment most dire—of achieving their deepest desire and finding it a hollow thing and terrible, but being unable ever to rest again. Unquiet shall they be, discontented and unsatisfied and empty.”

She withdrew the threads of her being and re-formed the seeming of a mature woman of the Edain, silver of hair and seamed of face, though still quite obviously strong. “But you, my dear Child, have earned rest. Their Doom is not yours. To you shall come the Gift of Men, Eru’s Gift,” she said, folding her hands before her and regarding the woman, still pulsing with anger and barely restrained passions as she was. “Have you not guessed my name, Tar-Miriel? Very well; I shall tell you. I am Erešuatuṣurāti, called Ušparu, known to the Children as Vairë, and as Gwîr. By any name, I am the Weaver, and you stand now within my husband’s Halls.”

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Apr
bardofwaterdeep said:

(noldobroideress) Míriel wandered the Halls listlessly, her weariness following her even into death. She had mourned upon entering them, but now she could not bring herself to care even for the news of the outside world. She turned away from the halls in which tapestries hung, and shunned all other fear who dwelled therein, but yet... there was a spark of loneliness.

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doomweaver:

Vairë watched the fëa, thin as a wisp of smoke and pale with it. Some in the Halls were like this, forgetting life and light and love and soon, even the memory of flesh would be lost. Those fëar were little more than smears of light, shapeless balls of pure spirit. She understood that some needed this respite, needed this forgetfulness, that it was healing for them, in a way.

And yet it always hurt her to see one of the Children set aside all that made them unique and retreat into unbeing.

Making a decision, she pulled a seeming about her, a fana with silver-bright hair and an unlined face modeled after the Noldor more than any of the other kindreds.

"My greetings, Child," she murmured as the wisp of spirit-stuff, still elven-shaped, would have passed her by unseeing.

In silence Míriel listened to the counsel of Vairë, despite her own misgivings, and for a long while she found herself considering it. She ached to see Finwë once more, and to hold her son close and watch him grow into the great prince she knew he would be… but that was not to be, and regretting it could not change her choice now. Feelings, memories, emotions roiled within her, set loose by that gentle touch, and she could scarcely bear it.

But amongst them, there was hope, and that she siezed on and clung to. Vairë had said she might not be bound to loneliness away from her kin for ever - and that there might still be some way to seek a little happiness without them. Though the last part she doubted, Míriel was willing to try.

"How can I do so?" she said finally, her voice heavy with the burden of her own stubbornness and pride. "I cannot - I do not remember how to seek any happiness. I know it has happened, I was joyful once, but… I cannot see how to find it here."

"Come, Child, let me show you something," Vairë said, drawing Míriel back to her feet. She took a step, leading the fëa beside her, and the Halls—changed. Both time and space were flexible in the Halls of Mandos, and one whose will was strong enough might move about them without need of any sham of physical movement.

They stood now in one of the smaller chambers which hung from the long corridors like fringe on a woven shawl; the Halls of Lives, the Weaver called these places. Contained within were the Tapestries of Lives. The larger Halls and echoing chambers contained the Tapestries of History, in which the broad sweeps of time were encoded.

But in these smaller chambers hung representations not of History but of personal histories. Each had been woven in consultation with the fea whose life it represented, and though they were called “tapestries,” the word seemed too frail to fully describe the works themselves.

For Vaire had woven them not in two dimensions, as most tapestries appeared, but in four. The threads moved through time and space alike, and every moment of each fëa’s life was whole there, as the spirit recalled it. No bodily creature could have looked upon the Lives without dizziness and confusion, but the fëar did not have fleshly eyes and could quite nearly live the Lives as they watched the tapestries.

"You could make these," Vairë said to Míriel. "You are the broideress, the creatrix of fabric arts in Aman. You could learn to weave like this."

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07
Apr
bardofwaterdeep said:

(noldobroideress) Míriel wandered the Halls listlessly, her weariness following her even into death. She had mourned upon entering them, but now she could not bring herself to care even for the news of the outside world. She turned away from the halls in which tapestries hung, and shunned all other fear who dwelled therein, but yet... there was a spark of loneliness.

noldobroideress:

doomweaver:

Vairë watched the fëa, thin as a wisp of smoke and pale with it. Some in the Halls were like this, forgetting life and light and love and soon, even the memory of flesh would be lost. Those fëar were little more than smears of light, shapeless balls of pure spirit. She understood that some needed this respite, needed this forgetfulness, that it was healing for them, in a way.

And yet it always hurt her to see one of the Children set aside all that made them unique and retreat into unbeing.

Making a decision, she pulled a seeming about her, a fana with silver-bright hair and an unlined face modeled after the Noldor more than any of the other kindreds.

"My greetings, Child," she murmured as the wisp of spirit-stuff, still elven-shaped, would have passed her by unseeing.

"Fëanáro," she murmured sadly. "I longed for him. A child of our own, one of many I hoped for to bring us joy. But now -"

She gestured at the solemn, silent room. “I am parted from him, and my husband, until the end of days. Indis will raise him, and love him… and all I had dreamed of being comes to the Halls.” She shook her head and clung to Vairë once more. “Is it any wonder I have tried to forget? It was my own stubbornness that bound me here, and now I come to regret it at last it is too late.”

Vairë regarded Miriel with pale eyes a moment, then shook her head, stroking the little fëa’s hair. “I remember many futures, Miriel. Many choices made. I can see them all, weaving themselves before me, but I cannot say which future will be and which will not. Mandos believes, and it may well be true, that all of these futures are, somewhere else, but regardless—we here have only one. And it will be decided by every action, every choice made by the Children. Who can say what your future will bring? Many things may change. You may not be parted forever. It may not be too late. And even if you do not live once more with husband and son, you may yet find your own happiness apart from them.”

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07
Apr

lastqueenofnumenor:

There must be an exit in this place! There? No. There? Still no. Somewhere else, then. She growled to herself and fled in a different direction, then reared back as a woman appeared from nowhere to stand in her way. The dead queen unconsciously puffed up like an agitated sea-bird, the fëa rustling and shifting like a colony of rough-feathered wings balancing against a stiff wind.

She stood her ground before the stranger, assessing her appearance in a glance, not understanding who was before her and too incensed to care. She was dead, and who knew what madness was within these Halls? Of course a woman of the race of Men would appear before her! Why not?

Miriel laughed hysterically. Why not indeed? She was dead. Númenor was drowned! Nothing was impossible! What else was there to hurt her? And if it did, what did it matter? Only one thing mattered now, and she clung to it with all the stubbornness within her.

"Then where is he?!" she demanded. "If he has not the courtesy to be dead as he ought, I will go to him and teach him manners as I should have long ago! More fool, I, that I thought there was hope!”

Miriel spat the last word, no expression formed by Mortal tongue but a warbling cry of despair and fury that sent trails of gangrenous-green sparks bursting through the metaphysical space around her. Unable to keep still, she crackled and fluttered wildly, her path hampered by the one who stood between her and what must be done. 

Vairë’s head tilted calmly to one side as the fëa reacted, unstable and wild. Some of those here in the Halls had gone too far the other direction, retreating entirely and losing all memories of their prior lives. These spirits appeared as shapeless smears of light that bobbled like balls of fox-fire through the endless corridors. Others—she thought now of the Fëanorian wing, and the raging cries which oft echoed there.

Her lips tightened very slightly and she let the edges of her own seeming—not quite a fully-fleshed fana, here in the Halls, but yet somewhat more than her natural, unclothed state—dissolve into long whipping threads which bridged the space between them and wrapped about the fraying, crackling fëa, holding it together tightly.

Her voice, when next she spoke, owed nothing to the mechanics of tongue and teeth but was an echoing, bell-like presence which would be perceived without the intervention of even the remembered ears which the fëar bore here.

He is not dead, child. But neither does he live. He has met his punishment, and it is the same as his greatest desire—to live, eternal, in Aman. But no great palace has he, but the Caves of the Forgotten, and no life it is at all, but merely an undying,” she answered.

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Apr
Anonymous said:

So you ought to know, your Vaire is fabulous. A+++ depiction of Valie. Your posts brighten my day when I see them. <3

((Oh, my! What a lovely message, Nonny dearest! Thank you very much! It is a delicate line to walk, writing a literal goddess. I’m glad you think I’ve managed it well! <33333

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04
Apr
bardofwaterdeep said:

(noldobroideress) Míriel wandered the Halls listlessly, her weariness following her even into death. She had mourned upon entering them, but now she could not bring herself to care even for the news of the outside world. She turned away from the halls in which tapestries hung, and shunned all other fear who dwelled therein, but yet... there was a spark of loneliness.

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doomweaver:

Vairë watched the fëa, thin as a wisp of smoke and pale with it. Some in the Halls were like this, forgetting life and light and love and soon, even the memory of flesh would be lost. Those fëar were little more than smears of light, shapeless balls of pure spirit. She understood that some needed this respite, needed this forgetfulness, that it was healing for them, in a way.

And yet it always hurt her to see one of the Children set aside all that made them unique and retreat into unbeing.

Making a decision, she pulled a seeming about her, a fana with silver-bright hair and an unlined face modeled after the Noldor more than any of the other kindreds.

"My greetings, Child," she murmured as the wisp of spirit-stuff, still elven-shaped, would have passed her by unseeing.

Míriel clung to Vairë desperately, as a point of reference in the whirl of memories and feelings that had burst upon her like a rainstorm over a garden in a drought, and sobbed like a heartbroken child for a long time.

"I am a fool," she said brokenly, as the first flood of dizzying pain eased. "Or perhaps a coward. I gave up… all I loved. I could not bear the thought of returning to my body,  to that terrible -" She flinched even from the memory. "Like lead weights bound to every inch of my being."

She looked up, searching for some kind of answer in the Valië’s face. “Why did it happen to me? Why could I not grow strong again?”

Vairë stroked the fëa’s hair as she clung there sobbing, making small and meaningless noises of comfort until, at last, the tempest calmed somewhat and speech returned to Míriel’s tongue.

It was strange to the Ainur, was death. They themselves were bodiless spirits by nature, taking flesh to themselves only at their own whim and for their own reasons. The Eldar, however, clung to their flesh so tightly, were made to fill it up and found themselves—lost, terrified, without it. Vairë perhaps understood better than most, having spent so much time with the spirits who had come here already, but still it was strange.

"There are many kinds of strength," she said now, quietly. "Strength of body is only one of them, and to the eyes of a Valië, one of the least important. We who put on flesh like you put on clothing see things rather differently. We see the spirit first, and yours is strong, despite what you gave to your son in birthing him."

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