Return Of The King, The: 1. The Return Of The King

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1. The Return Of The King

Oh would your blade by any other name still cut as deep,
Thorongil, eagle-king in anything and nothing but a name
of broken shards? A legacy of time long gone and hope forlorn,
yet not of truth, for emptiness is all that it could ever claim.

Oh would your words by any other voice still sound as cold,
that echoing in stone-clad halls resound, resound and ring in vain?
As dawnless darkness rises, words are naught but whispers and
naught else can be but fading echoes of the wise and mighty slain.

Oh would your face from any other's eyes look ashen grey
as ashen grey to me you seem? A shadow and a faded thought
that I deemed lost for long, unbidden now it has returned
to lose a war that its own bitter treachery, naught else, has wrought.

Yet your reward will be but ashen crown and broken throne
beside a lower seat, yet nobler, brighter, prouder, and by far.
And there a silent judge shall sit beside this king returned
to broken screams of anguish wreathed in flames, a fading silver star.

No tomb for him you scorned, for him you robbed of father's warmth,
no memories upon an ever-silent bed of glorious stone.
The searing flames are his, that warmth at last in death be found.
The silent road he chooses, but the ashes will not now be his alone.

And when these halls come crashing down, his shadow will be still.
And he, he who has known in life no peace, in peacefulness no rest,
he who, oath-bound to an abandoned queen, your queen, has fought,
bereft of power will not stand to see her broken at the test.

Oh would your blade by any other name still cut as deep?
I know not, for it seems the veiling shadow's lengthening at dawn...
If victory I shall not have, at least I will not suffer this defeat!
Return then, King! Return then to your slaughtered queen, your hope forlorn.

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: Ellisande

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 01/07/04

Original Post: 12/29/03

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