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How Do I Love Thee Challenge

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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my lost saints. I love with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

--Elizabeth Barrett Browning

We often find beautiful tales of love woven throughout Tolkien's work. There is the tale of Beren and Lúthien, or the story of Aragorn and Arwen, or Faramir and the Lady of Rohan, or Samwise and Rosie... even Tom Bombadil and Goldberry! And sometimes, Tolkien expressed such feelings through poetry. What would Theoden compose for his wife - would he praise her for the gift of his son? What would Lothiriel lady of Dol Amroth compose for her warrior-king husband Eomer - whether or not she ever let him see it? The challenge is to write the love poetry of any character of your choice, using whatever form you think is most appropriate or befitting for that particular character and the aspect of love you wish to convey. All sorts of poetry are allowed, including humour, so long as it is in character and firmly centred on love.

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The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Alawa - Elegy for Elfhild, An
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Last Updated: 23 Jul 03
Theoden after the death of his wife in childbirth.
Alawa - Light Beyond the Darkness, A
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Last Updated: 12 May 03
Gilraen and Arathorn respond to the 'How do I love thee?' Challenge. (Can be read with 'Love's Labours')
Alawa - Watching Thoughts
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Last Updated: 06 May 03
While Aragorn went forth again to danger and toil, Arwen remained in Rivendell and from afar watched over him in thought. A short poem from each of their pov’s in answer to the HASA 'How do I love thee?' Challenge.
Arwen Imladviel - Love Song to Tinwen, A
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Last Updated: 23 Mar 03
An 'epilogue' to Nár Tinwen. The love song of a mortal to a maia... not just any mortal; Frodo Baggins...
Dwimordene - Turn Me Twice
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Last Updated: 12 Jun 03
Sometimes words fall short. Beren tries very hard anyway.
ErinRua - Lion And The Swan, The
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Last Updated: 25 Apr 04
A poem of Eomer of Rohan, from musings by his bride, Lothiriel of Dol Amroth. Written for the 2003 "How Do I Love Thee" HASA poetry challenge.
Gathering of the Fellowship Toronto 2003 Writing Awards: 1st Place Lyric Poetry.
fileg - Unquenchable
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Last Updated: 31 Oct 03
This is a pair of triolets, first glimpses between Eomer and Lothiriel, for the How Do I Love Thee challenge.
fileg - Elanor
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Last Updated: 19 Aug 03
A kyrielle from Fastred to Elanor for the 'How Do I Love Thee' poetry challenge.
fileg - Steelsheen
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Last Updated: 22 Jun 03
For the "How Do I Love Thee..." challenge; a Cywydd Llosgyrnog for Morwen Steelsheen. The ring of metal being drawn is music to Thengel's ears.
fileg - Strength of Love
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Last Updated: 21 May 03
This rondeau is a love poem from Finduilas to Denethor - for the 'How Do I Love Thee' challenge.
fileg - Jewel of the Hunt, The
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Last Updated: 17 May 03
For Faramir For the 'How Do I Love Thee' challenge
Ijemanja - Sonnet to the White Lady, A
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Last Updated: 26 Mar 03
A poem of love from Faramir to Eowyn.
Lalaith - Song for the Lost
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Last Updated: 31 Oct 03
Entry for 'How do I Love Thee?' Challenge. Luthien seeks out Beren
Lasbelindi - Seeking the Jewel
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Last Updated: 27 May 03
An entry for the "How Do I Love Thee" challenge. It's free verse; just a heads up! In this poem, Legolas entreats Love herself. After reading the scene where he sings the song of Nimrodel and Amroth, I thought to myself, “Now there’s one seriously romantic Elf. I wonder how he feels about his lack of a lover.” Well, this is what I concluded. :)
Marnie - Colour of Ice, The
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Last Updated: 31 Mar 03
An entry for the 'How do I love thee?' Challenge - a poem by Galadriel
Niliwen - Lady of Sunlight
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Last Updated: 22 Mar 03
An answer to the HASA challenge "How Do I Love Thee". Two poems (a couplet and a free verse) found in Faramir's drawer in Emyn Arnen.
paranoidangel - Now You Are Not Here
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Last Updated: 31 Oct 03
A ballad from Elrond to Celebrian.
Simbelmynë - Findarato, Amarie
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Last Updated: 03 Apr 03
Placeholder. I may one day write it. But maybe not. Depends.
Starlight - As We Feel
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Last Updated: 27 Mar 03
A compilation of short poems written by several Middle-Earth characters to the objects of their affection.
Vulgarweed - ...And You Let the River Answer
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Last Updated: 03 May 03
A quietly smitten Goldberry tries to get a rhyme in edgewise.

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Challenge Info

Open Date: March 21, 2003

Closed: June 21, 2003

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Entries: 21

Originator: alawa

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