The November Surprise!

Lullaby for the Longest Night, A

1. A Lullaby for the Longest Night

As sheltered from the shadow's power,
You sweetly slumber, safe and sound,
We form a ring in darkest hour
And pass the light of hope around.

Your father would be at our side
But still must journey far and wide.
Though stony roads keep us apart
We hold mettarë in his heart.

Should he feel cold and quite alone
Where bitter wind chills to the bone,
Without a fire, his rations short,
We will warm him with our thought.

And if, towards the close of day,
His weary steps should go astray
As dark clouds hide the stars above,
We will guide him with our love.

Perhaps, though far from journey's end,
He shares this evening with a friend.
They halt their stride, in cave or mire,
To say the words and light the fire.

Tomorrow we will feast in hall
And laugh in spite of shadow's pall,
And sing the songs in which we store
A little grace from Numenor.

And if in music's soft caress
You feel the touch of Westernesse,
Your father knows it's not in vain
That Rangers walk in frost and rain.

So, when the midnight hour is near,
We strike a spark against our fear,
And light a candle, fair and white,
A beacon calling in the night.

As sheltered from the shadow's power
You sweetly slumber, safe and sound,
We form a ring in darkest hour
And pass the light of hope around.


Thanks to Altariel for lending me her winter solstice customs from A Pale Light Lingering.

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: Alawa

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/20/03

Original Post: 12/20/03

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