Fighting the Long Defeat: 1. Villanelle

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1. Villanelle

Long years I have fought against evil’s blight,
I have seen darkness rise and darkness fall
yet our Doom is laid, we shall lose this fight.

My people were born in the black of night 1
even then they ran from the Dark One’s call,
long years I have fought against evil’s blight.

In shadow our spirits burn fierce and bright,
as we shun its touch and stand ever tall
yet our Doom is laid, we shall lose this fight.

The Dawnless Day came and there was no light,
Men may win but either way we lose all.
Long years I have fought against evil’s blight.

My daughter is lost to Lúthien’s plight,
her love stands strong against Mordor’s dark wall
and yet, in the end we shall lose this fight.

Many fell and passed beyond my sight
as I saw darkness rise and darkness fall,
long years I have fought against evil’s blight
yet our Doom is laid, we shall lose this fight.

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A/N: This has some rather loose references to events that took place before the Third Age, but knowledge of them isn't really needed to understand the poem.

1 This refers to the awaking of the Elves at Cuiviénen. Although Valinor was lit by the Two Trees, Middle-earth lay in darkness under the stars.

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: Elvenesse

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/08/04

Original Post: 03/05/04

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