Bitter Valentine's Day Poetry Challenge

Three Sides to the Same Story

2. Finduilas

Finduilas.

"...so greatly did Gwindor love her beauty that he named her Faelivrin, which is the gleam of the sun on the pools of Ivrin." (The Silmarillion, J. R. R. Tolkien)

Villanelle for a treacherous heart

How can one live, forever, in twain torn,

in need of naught but what one cannot hold?

Those feelings from a treacherous heart are born.

Unnatural love, black, blind, cursed, and forlorn

abashes pride that once shone forth as gold.

How can one live, forever, in twain torn?

If, when the sun warms down one wants to mourn,

and nights of loveliest moonlight leave one cold?

Those feelings from a treacherous heart are born

and leave the very body spent and worn,

instead of owning trust that makes one bold.

How can one live, forever, in twain torn--

A mis'ry-maker martyr, earning scorn,

as lowly as the earth's most rotten mold?

Those feelings from a treacherous heart are born--

a heart that, rent with pain, has grown a thorn;

a heart that, though once bright, to dark is sold.

How can one live, forever, in twain torn?

Oh, what I'd give to never have been born!


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: Starlight

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Rating: General

Last Updated: 08/12/11

Original Post: 04/21/03

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