I'll Drink to That!

To the Fellowship

1. To the Fellowship

I see this as a song that would be sung long after the Ring War, probably long after Elessar's death, when all the events had become legend. It was inspired by a Phil Ochs song "The Men Behind the Guns" which is in turn based on a poem of the same name by John Jerome Rooney.

The Gondorian soldiers probably found it a great excuse to drink nine drinks.

Drink when day is done to the steward's son,
the Captain-General bold,
To defend the small he gave his all,
and his deeds will long be told.

For the valiant Pip we'll take a sip
of the ale that's Gondor's pride,
Then drink to the fame of Merry's name,
he who stood at the Shield-maid's side.

And a cup they say for the wizard grey -
All praise to his long sight,
In the caves he fell to the balrog's spell,
then he rose again: The White.

Lift a mug to the pair in the Valar's care,
the noble Elven lord -
and the dwarf with the axe whose fierce attacks
beat back the orcish horde.

Raise a jug for the man who saved our land
when the fields and the city burned,
He fought and healed for the common weal -
The rightful King returned.

Here now dear, bring another beer
for Sam the loyal friend,
Sam's the lad for when things are bad -
Steadfast to the very end.

And last of all let's make our call
for the one of whom all sing,
Frodo brave and true who saw it through-
the one who bore the ring,
Yes, the one who bore the ring.

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.


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Author: Lyllyn

Status: Beta

Completion: Complete

Rating: General

Last Updated: 02/22/04

Original Post: 02/22/04

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