Beregond's Prayer standing on watch: 1. Beregond’s Prayer

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1. Beregond’s Prayer

(Beregond standing watch after Faramir’s retreat from Osgiliath and before Denethor’s pyre)

Greatest Being, help us fickle men,
protect my son, staying here behind
despite my wish not to lose him to
an early death. Yet my soldier's mind
could not deny him yearning for brave deeds.
And secretly I long'd for him - to stay with me.

Greatest Being, help us mortal men,
protect my lord, lying hewn near death,
who valiant fought to gain us time till
rescue cometh down from northern plains.
Gave a soldier's life and being for
Gondor's children to last through - perilous threat.

Greatest Being, help us frailish men,
protect ourselves fighting through the charge,
in defence of our children’s future,
serving with our bodies to uphold
Minas Tirith’s ring walls devoid of
Orks and Evil, fighting for - freedom to last.


I use "frailish" instead of "frail" to maintain the rhythm.

I use "Orks" because I found in HoME 12 the essay "Of Dwarves and Men" and "The Shibboleth of Feanor" wherein Tolkien uses "Orks" instead of "Orcs". And in an illuminating note (1969 or later) at the end of the essay "Myths transformed" (HoME10) Tolkien wrote: "Also the spelling of what, in the later more organized linguistic situation, must have been a Common Speech form of a word or group of similar words should be ork. If only because of spelling difficulties in modern English: an adjective orc + ish becomes necessary, and orcish will not do [note 8: because it would be pronounced 'orsish']. In any future publication I shall use ork."

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: elanor of aquitania

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 11/18/04

Original Post: 09/09/04

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