Sonnets by the Steward: 1. On His Stewardship

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1. On His Stewardship

I understand that this was written as part of the ancient and honourable convention of "Loyal Steward" poetry. Denethor may even have intended it to be circulated, to a limited extent, among the more courtly circles in Minas Tirith. He may even have convinced himself that he believed it.


On his Stewardship

I hold this Staff for one of greater birth
At thought of this is Arrogance restrained
My banner pure as virgin of true worth,
The utmost sign of Loyalty unstained.
But Lands, like Sons, need Ruler's guiding hands;
Who but great Gondor stems the rising tide
Of Nameless Evil; Shadow's fear withstands?
Not lesser Men in arms and wars untried.
What Steward could refuse to greet his Lord
Should one return to Tower and Tree renew;
The light and line of Elendil restored
By dint of Right and Royal tokens true.
Till then I stand in place of Heir unknown
And mount the Steward's Chair not Kingly Throne.

Denethor II

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Story Information

Author: Alawa

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 01/27/03

Original Post: 08/14/02

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