Armenelos Beneath the Sea: 1. Armenelos Beneath the Sea

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1. Armenelos Beneath the Sea

Lo! Sauron has reared himself a throne
In a strange city lying alone
Far down within the dim West,
Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best
Have gone to their eternal rest.
There shrines and palaces and towers
(Time-eaten towers that tremble not!)
Resemble nothing that is ours.
Around, by lifting winds forgot,
Resignedly beneath the sky
The melancholy waters lie.

No rays from holy menel come down
On the long night-time of that town;
But light from out the lurid sea
Streams up the turrets silently--
Gleams up the pinnacles far and free--
Up domes--up spires--up kingly halls--
Up fanes--up Nargothrond-like walls--
Up shadowy long-forgotten bowers
Of sculptured mallorn and stone flowers--
Up many and many a marvellous shrine
Whose wreathéd friezes intertwine
The Elanor and Symbelmyn.
Resignedly beneath the sky
The melancholy waters lie.
So blend the turrets and shadows there
That all seem pendulous in air,
While from a proud tower in the town
Sauron looks gigantic'lly down.

There open fanes and gaping graves
Yawn level with the luminous waves;
But not the riches there that lie
In each Vala's diamond eye--
Not the gaily-jewelled dead
Tempt the waters from their bed;
For no ripples curl, alas!
Along that wilderness of glass--
No swellings tell that winds may be
Upon some far-off happier sea--
No heavings hint that winds have been
On seas less hideously serene.

But lo, a stir is in the air!
The wave--there is a movement there!
As if the towers had thrust aside,
In slightly sinking, the dull tide--
As if their tops did feebly rippeth
A void within the filmy Gilith.
The waves have now a redder glow--
The hours are breathing faint and low--
And when, amid no earthly moans,
Down, down that town shall settle hence
Angband, rising from a thousand thrones,
Shall do it reverence



Disclaimer: While some lines have been altered, this poem is predominantly the work of Edgar Allan Poe and no plagiarism is intended.

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: SheBit

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Other

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 05/12/05

Original Post: 05/12/05

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