Flute and Harp: 1. Flute and Harp

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1. Flute and Harp

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He played upon his silver flute
A tune both sad and filled with hope
Upon the shores of Aman he sat
Facing the sun as she scaled the heights

In the midst of jewel scattered sand he waited
For the return of his friend, dearly beloved
From distant shores he is to come
Golden hair blazing in the sun

Then the harp of gold will sing anew
With the flute of silver, songs old and new
So the Lord of Fountain played his tune
Blessed Flower, still hidden from view

Lo! Cometh a white ship with golden oars
The piper’s eyes caught by one alone
The one who stood tall and proud
With eager eyes that searched out his

At last they met upon the blessed shores
Their long parting for greater good
The harp and flute burst into song
The Golden Flower in the Fountain swam

Thus united Glorfindel of the house of the Golden Flower
With Ecthelion of the house of the Fountain
Captains of Gondolin that rests on the ocean floor
Swearing that they would not part, ever more

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[i] The Teleri were said to have scattered the jewels the Noldor gave them upon the shores of Aman. Page 61 The Silmarillion

[ii] Due to his self sacrifice when fighting with the Balrog Glorfindel was granted Maia like powers

[iii] I don’t know if elven ships had oars, but it is a distinct possibility since the sea near Aman is said to be windless. Page 61 The Silmarillion

[iv] I am well aware that a flute is not a pipe and thus a flute player is not a piper, however “But the flute player’s eyes were caught by one alone” just doesn’t work

[v] I think it’s in The History of Middle Earth it’s stated Glorfindel was sent by Manwë himself in the Second Age to aid Elrond when things got really hairy with Sauron.

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Story Information

Author: Tinni

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 4th Age

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 03/16/04

Original Post: 10/17/03

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