Poetry

In Honor of Gandalf’s Fireworks

With so much poetry floating around lately, I wanted to share one of my favorites from The Lord of the Rings. The song is called “Frodo’s Lament” and the last verse was added by Sam to honor Gandalf’s fireworks (which is my favorite stanza.

 

When evening in the Shire was grey
his footsteps on the Hill were heard;
before the dawn he went away
on journey long without a word.

From Wilderland to Western shore,
from northern waste to southern hill,
through dragon-lair and hidden door
and darkling woods he walked at will.

With Dwarf and Hobbit, Elves and Men,
with mortal and immortal folk,
with bird on bough and beast in den,
in their own secret tongues he spoke.

A deadly sword, a healing hand,
a back that bent beneath its load;
a trumpet-voice, a burning brand,
a weary pilgrim on the road.

A lord of wisdom throned he sat,
swift in anger, quick to laugh;
an old man in a battered hat
who leaned upon a thorny staff.

He stood upon the bridge alone
and Fire and Shadow both defied;
his staff was broken on the stone,
in Khazad-dûm his wisdom died.

The finest rockets ever seen:
they burst in stars of blue and green,
or after thunder golden showers
came falling like a rain of flowers.

Anyone else love Lord of the Rings?

Happy Writing Everyone!

***photos belong to KaylaAnn and cannot be used without permission

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