1. Great is the Fall
-The Fall of Gondolin, JRRT HoME v.II
Great is the Fall
Great is the Fall of Gondolin, ye of Seven Names and fair,
Whose thoughts and songs are lamentations rising in the air.
Great were her lords and captains arrayed in splendor sallied forth
In mail and hauberk gleaming through the dark winds of the North.
Weep ye now, O Gondolin, scoured beneath the skies
For thy fallen lords and captains now in death hath closed their eyes.
Where now is thy Turgon-King who built thee great and fair?
He hath perished in his tower, his folk upon the stair.
Great is the Fall of Gondolin, and great the fall of her King
The lord whose lamentations now all ye exiles sing.
Weep ye now, O Gondolin, upon the vale in flower
For thy mighty Turgon-King hath perished in his tower.
Where now is fair Ecthelion whose voice was sweet to hear?
He gave his life to slay his foe in the fountain waters clear.
Tears unnumbered shall ye shed, tears now beyond count
For Ecthelion beloved hath perished in the fount.
Weep ye now, O Gondolin, no towers now to soar
For Ecthelion beloved shall wind his flute no more.
Where now is golden Glorfindel? Who of his House be left?
He hath faced his final dreadful foe upon the Eagle’s Cleft.
Farewell O Glorfindel beloved, thy name forever blessed
‘Neath stone and song and elanor we lay thee here to rest.
Weep ye now, O Gondolin, and many songs be wrought
For brave and mighty Glorfindel whose life ye safety bought.
Where now is brave and stalwart Rog? Where be his Hammer of Wrath?
They hath perished out upon the plain through foes their hard-hewn path.
Forth his fearless warriors marched in battle hard and long
There fell defending unto death that once-fair Stone of Song.
Weep ye now, O Gondolin, whose flight Rog’s valor earned
Never more now than a memory - of that house, not one returned.
Where now be thy mighty captains, thy lordlings at thy call?
They hath gone to find their final sleep and peace in Mandos’ Hall.
Whither now, O Gondolin, shall the exiles turn their feet
And the weary path now tread, our cursed fortunes meet?
Weep ye yet, O Gondolin, but hasten now thy flight
Lest the Noldor perish utterly and vanish into night.
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