War Songs of the North: 2. Sarn Ford

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2. Sarn Ford

At old Sarn Ford, as the night was waning,
On the twenty-second day of Ivanneth,
The Rangers stood, though their hearts were quaking,
For the dawn before them was thick with death.
Then Celebrindor from Ost Eledhrin
Spurred up the rocks with a warning cry:
"Arm, arm," he cried, "for I've come to lead you;
To guard the Shire we'll fight or die."

They held their ground 'gainst the coming Nazgûl,
But over their hearts crept a growing dread;
And in their terror their hearts misgave them,
And to their Captain they northward fled.
Yet still some Rangers did bar Sarn Ford,
And held it closed till the day was done.
For Celebrindor from Ost Eledhrin
Rallied together the garrison.

At old Sarn Ford, as the night was falling,
Our heroes vainly stood back to back;
And at the river they died together,
To guard the Shire from fell attack.
Eru grant you glory, brave Celebrindor;
We toast to you and to all your men,
For the cause that called you may call tomorrow
In another fight for the North again.


Ivanneth: September; Celebrindor: named after the 5th king of Arthedain; Ost Eledhrin: roughly "town of the exiles"

For music and original lyrics, please see ‘Boulavogue’: http://www.contemplator.com/ireland/boulavog.html

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: Elemmire

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 01/02/05

Original Post: 12/13/04

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