Filks from the Red Book: 4. The Nazgûl

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4. The Nazgûl

Author’s note:

Sung by the Witch-king of Angmar; written by Saruman and Glorfindel. Based on “The Boxer,” by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.


I am just a Nazgûl and my story’s rather old
I gave in to dark lord Sauron for a pretty golden ring
Such is avarice. I was a king
Now I live as shapeless nothing and care not for anything.

Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm.

When I joined the wraiths in their brotherhood I was slowly getting old
And I feared both death and changes. In the quiet Sauron tempted me and
I gave in. Now I go
Seeking out the Hobbit Frodo to deal him a mortal blow
Whether I’ll achieve this, not even Sauron knows.

Li la li, li la li li li la li, li la li, li la li li li la li la la la la li.

Asking only long-term power
I accepted that gold ring, but now Sauron has it
And I’m slave to his dark will for all eternity. I do declare
Had I known my future was this bad I never would have dared.

La la la la la la la la

Now I’m laying out my robes of black and wishing they were green
Even red, something other than plain black which is exceedingly
(Heed you me) dull to wear.

On the hilltop stands this Nazgûl and I must do Sauron’s will
For he orders my existence
And every breath that I take now
Is threatened if I should fail, but the Ranger bears a flame
So I’m leaving, I am leaving – but the Morgul-blade remains.

Li la li, li la li li li la li, li la li, li la li li li la li la la la la li.

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.

Story Information

Author: Celandine Brandybuck

Status: General

Completion: Ongoing Serial

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 05/02/04

Original Post: 03/08/03

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