Thorin’s Hope, Chapter 5: Umay attends Elienne’s Birthing One Week Later and is Chastened, 9/29/11 GratianaDS90 (Post #21)

Thorin’s Hope, Chapter 5:  Umay attends Elienne’s Birthing One Week Later and is Chastened about Her Own Upcoming Trials
by GratianaDS90, 9/29/11
(A Fan Fiction adapted from JRR Tolkien’s, The Hobbit;
No copyright infringement is intended)


To read earlier Thorin’s Hope chapter posts so you may catch up on the reading, please visit my earlier blog posts for:

Ch. 3 & 4:

Ch. 2:

Ch. 0 & 1: 

One week later, Talin comes running down the lane to Umay and
Thorin’s home  much earlier than he is expected–and clearly out of breath.
(Image used for Thorin & Umay’s cottage found at

Talin:  “Umay!  Umay!  You must come!”  He yells to Umay (pronounced ooh-May) and pants heavily as she opens the door.

Umay:  “Talin, what is it?  Is all well?”

Talin:  “It is Mama!  She said to fetch you now.  It is the babe come early.”

Umay:  “I will fetch my shawl and come with you.”

Walking is difficult for Umay now since she is eight and a half months with child herself.  And hurrying is not possible for her.  So Talin helpfully–but somewhat impatiently–lets Umay lean on him as they walk the 50 yards back to his home.  Happily, the sun is shining and no rain showers threaten to muddy up their walk and make it more difficult.  As Umay and Talin approach his home, they see a flurry of neighboring Dwarf women coming into and out of the front door.
(I found the lovely Titian painting picture–that I chose to represent Umay only half way throught her pregancy, though she is 8 months pregant now at this point int he story–at

Hegara:  “Umay!  What are you doing here?  You should not be walking!”  Hegara the midwife says emphatically.  Umay might have taken Thorin from her–in truth, Hegara never had a chance with Thorin–but Hegara is the senior midwife in the village and she does not like her mothers with child to disobey her orders.  “You must sit and rest, Umay.  Talin, get her some water from the well.”  Umay sits gratefully.

Talin:  “Aye, I will.”  And he goes to do that.

Umay:  “How is Elienne?” 

Just then a piercing scream of pain reverberates from the bedchamber where Elienne is birthing her child.  

Elienne:  “Ahhhhhhh!”

Umay:  “Is everything well?”  Asks Umay worriedly.

Hegara:  “The babe is in the wrong position and must be turned.”  Hegara says soberly.  “It is a painful process, but necessary for mother and child.”

Umay:  Umay’s eyes widen in worry for her friend–and for herself.  Umay has not attended at another Dwarf mother’s birth before–Dwarf births do not happen that often.  Talin was the last babe born in the village and that was ten years ago.  “Please let me know if I can be of comfort to Elienne in some way.”

Hegare:  “Aye.  I will tell her you are here.  That will be enough.  Ah good.  Here is Talin with your water.  Now stay seated and rest, Umay.” 

Umay nods and sips her water, sitting in an out of the way corner of Elienne’s home.   She watches several Dwarf women of the village walking to and fro, carrying linens and hot water, going in and out of the bedchamber.  And Umay hears more screams from Elienne.  Umay worries that her birthing fate will not be much different.  Umay can be excused from her concerns since she is also 15 years younger–almost too young–than most Dwarf women who give birth.  Umay hopes that her babe will be safe and well–and that her own birthing pains might be less than what Elienne seems to be feeling.  Over the next three hours, there are more screams, panting, and then silence.  Umay almost doesn’t notice the silence because she has dozed off–despite the commotion–due to her own with child condition.  But, Umay is nudged awake by a smiling Talin.

Talin:  “Umay, I have a sister!”  He says proudly.

Umay:  “And your mother, Elienne?  How does she fare?”  She asks with trepidation.

Talin: “She is tired but well.  She asked me to bring you to her and the babe.  Let me help you.” 

Talin helps Umay stand and then supports her as they walk the ten feet through the door into the bedchamber where Elienne lies holding her babe. 
(I found the lovely mother and babe illustration–that I used to represent Elienne and her babe–at

Elienne:  “Umay!  She is here!  My little daughter is here!  Come see her!”  Elienne says excitedly.  All thoughts of her birthing pains are now gone and she is lost in the love she feels for her little girl.

Umay: “Elienne!  She is beautiful!”  Talin helps Umay sit near the bed.  “How are you feeling?”

Elienne:  “Sore!”  She laughs.  “But I am well.  This babe makes all the pain worthwhile.  Do you not wish to know her name?

Umay:  “Of course, please tell me.”  Umay smiles at her friend.

Elienne:  “I have named her …”  Elienne pauses for effect  “Maylina–after you.”  Elienne smiles broadly at being able to combine a derivative if her husband Dwalin’s name–which is part of Dwarf babe naming tradition–and a name of her own choosing.

Umay:  “Oh Elienne!  I am so honored!  It is a beautiful name!”

Elienne:  “Would you like to hold her?”  She says holding her babe toward Umay.

Umay:  “I would love to.”  Elienne nods yes and Talin carefully takes his sleeping babe sister from his mother and hands her to Umay.  “Oh.  You are so precious, little one!”  Umay coos softly to the babe.  “Soon I will birth my own babe and you can be playmates.”  The babes will be all that, and more.
(I found this sleeping babe pictures at )

Umay sits chatting with her friend Elienne for about 15 minutes before it is time for the babe to suckle and then Elienne to rest.  Umay watches fascinated during the babe suckling–again, a sight not often seen since Dwarf births are so rare–and Umay listens intently as Elienne instructs her in the finer points of breast feeding for when Umay’s own time comes. 
(I found the sweet mother and babe suckling picture that is used here to represent Elienne and Maylina at

Later, Talin walks Umay home for the evening.  That night Umay sleeps contentedly for the first time in many months–despite witnessing Elienne’s painful birthing screams.  And Umay dreams of her and Thorin’s babe being born and nursing at her breast.  It is a lovely dream made sweeter by Umay having her loving husband Thorin at her side in her dream, returned home victorious from his quest.
(That same Titian painting is cropped here.)


To be continued in Chapter 6

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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9 Responses to Thorin’s Hope, Chapter 5: Umay attends Elienne’s Birthing One Week Later and is Chastened, 9/29/11 GratianaDS90 (Post #21)

  1. jeanniegisborne says:

    Lovely Grati. Your descriptions take me right to the place where everything is happening:-)


  2. GratianaDS90 says:

    Thanks Jeannie!
    I appreciate your kind note. Thanks for visiting and commenting.
    Cheers! Grati ;->


  3. judiang says:

    I agree with Jeannie. Love your descriptions. Looking forward to the next installment. :)


    • GratianaDS90 says:

      Thanks Judiang!
      You’re very kind. I will be uploading the new chapters each Thursday for “Thorin Thursday”. I have now written my “Thorin’s Hope” story through Ch. 7, with more to follow.
      Thanks again. Cheers! Grati ;->


  4. fabi says:

    I agree too. When I’m reading your story, I see a movie passing in my mind, very vivid. :)
    As a side note, I’m happy to live nowadays. Call me coward, but I can’t imagine myself giving birth to my two children without anesthesia. Women of ancient days were really brave!
    It’s good to know that every Thursday we’ll have a update of “Thorin’s Hope”. :)


  5. GratianaDS90 says:

    Hi Fabi!

    Thanks for your kind remarks. I appreciate them. I always worry that I’m not giving enough description–because I see my story play out in my mind and sometimes project onto what I’m reading. But as I go through multiple edits of my stories–my older stores have been through 52 edits or more–descriptions get fleshed out more. I tend to write in script mode–with detailed stage direction and internal character monologues. So, my writing is rather narrative in nature.

    I agree with you about liking being in the modern medical age–most definitely!

    I’m so glad you like my little story, “Thorin’s Hope”. I’m enjoying writing it. I have written it through Ch. 7 so far–and Ch. 8 is begun. So, I have at least the next two or more weeks covered.

    Thanks again for visiting and commenting. Cheers! Grati ;->

    P. S. Although, it will never happen for this fan fiction story “Thorin’s Hope”, my dream is to one day see one of my script stories produced for tv or film–or for stage for the one act bedroom farce I wrote. I have 40+ stories that I’m working on in rotation that encompass a variety of genres–except horror (she shivers)–and most are my original stories and not fan fiction. Though, Mr. Armitage is my muse and whom I envision as my male leads. Several of my stories are “done” and I’m just tweaking and word smithing at this point. So, until I find a venue for them, I share them with my RA friends here and on the DF writers site.


  6. fabi says:

    Grati, we your readers appreciate whenever you want to share your writings here. :D
    Which should be done to get a script produced? You must have an agent or something like know somebody in the movie industry? I was reading about screenwriting contests, maybe could be a way:


  7. GratianaDS90 says:

    Hi Fabi,

    Thanks for the contest link. I’ll look into it.

    I do have a college friend working out in Hollywood and the entertainment industry. But, I’m loathe to “mine” that connection other than to ask her if she might refer me to resource sites and such. A while back I had looked at the Writers’ Guild of America web site because you can “register” scripts there before you send them out to agents, etc.–although WGA doesn’t strictly act like a copyrighting site.

    And, unfortunately, the BBC doesn’t want non Brit writers to submit ideas or scripts. I’d love to send Richard Curtis my Vicar of Dibley new season ideas–I have 8 episodes outlined in detail with some scenes scripted with dialogue–but, I can’t seem to find a way to contact him. Not that he would want my ideas, but maybe knowing fans want to see the show again would encourage them to have some Vicar of Dibley specials that we fans can all enjoy. Once I get my Dibley stories more fleshed out with dialogue scenes, my Dibley stories might become a “Fan Fiction Fun Day Sunday” regular feature here on my little blog.

    I do hope that someday, my “babies” (my script stories) might be produced. So, I just keep refining them in the meantime. And, I have been thinking about seeing if some of my friends in local theatre at the universities here and such, might undertake a reading of stories. Scary thought that.

    However, everyone has been really kind in responding favorably to my essays and stories here on my little blog. But, I have to work up the courage to share my stories beyond the circle of my online friends like you and others. And though this blog is “public” and others can read my writings, I have some measure of anonymity.

    But, I am looking for ways to possibly share my stories with a wider audience. So thanks for your suggestion and encouragement.

    Thanks and best wishes, Grati ;->


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