Ascension: 1. terzanelle

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1. terzanelle

My father’s passing brought me to this place
An unthanked servant of an absent king
ascends the steps with ashes on his face

A thousand years of fruitless withering
The truth can’t be denied. This is my fate
an unthanked servant of an absent king

Outside the shadow gathers at the gate
All that begins in my time is - the end
The truth can’t be denied. This is my fate

I cannot shed a tear or seem to bend
lest destiny destroy me like a knife
All that begins in my time is - the end

It asks for all I am; my sons, my wife
And I accept the bargain, as a man
lest destiny destroy me like a knife

My life lies like a bridge across this span
My father’s passing brought me to this place
And I accept the bargain, as a man
ascends the steps with ashes on his face

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Author's notes:
I am dreadfully afraid I am coming to understand this man... or at least the part of him that interpreted things to his own world view.

This is a terzanelle, and it deals with Denethor's feelings of the ceremony and obligations of a steward who has had no king to serve for almost a thousand years. I have such a strong symbolic image of the oil / chrism used for such annointings and I wanted to contrast it with his later madness, but oil as an image is changed in our modern mind, and it got too...

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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: fileg

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 05/01/03

Original Post: 03/12/03

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