The Sword of Elendil: 1. Prologue: The Legend of Narsil

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1. Prologue: The Legend of Narsil

Who made me?
Telchar made me.
"Fire of Aulë, grant your power,"
He spoke the words that woke my light.
The smith's blow fell on flaming steel,
The blade of the Sun and the Moon.

Who blooded me?
Dior blooded me.
In the Thousand Caves in the last defense
Blood flowed red and hot
When Thingol's Heir slew Fëanor's son
With the blade of the Sun and the Moon.

Who saved me?
Elwing saved me.
From Doriath's ruin the Elven host fled;
Three treasures they bore from that place of death:
Fair Elwing, king's daughter; the bright Silmaril;
And the blade of the Sun and the Moon.

Who chose me?
Elros chose me.
To Westernesse he bore me, to the Land of Gift,
And when to darkness the kings fell
The Faithful Lords wielded me yet,
The blade of the Sun and the Moon.

Who lost me?
Elendil lost me.
In victory he fell and quenched my light.
His son cut the Ring from Sauron's hand
With the broken shard of my keen edge,
The blade of the Sun and the Moon.

Who cherished me?
Valandil cherished me.
From king to king I passed, from son to son,
When all other heirlooms were lost,
The promise of a kingdom remade,
The blade of the Sun and the Moon.

Who shall reforge me?
Who shall he be?
Who shall be the king restored?
Who shall lead the host of Men?
Who shall wield the flame of the West,
The blade of the Sun and the Moon?

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Story Information

Author: Gandalfs apprentice

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Genre: Drama

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/17/10

Original Post: 06/05/05

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Dwimordene - 07 Mar 07 - 4:12 PM

Ch. 1: Prologue: The Legend of Narsil

Hi G.A.,

I wandered over to see what was posted so far, and found this lovely prologue poem.

I very much like it: I can imagine generations of young Heirs of Isildur learning this rhyme, each one wondering if in the end he would be the one to answer the final questions and bring Narsil's history out of the legendary past and into that prophetic present opened in the last stanza. The poem very neatly encapsulates what is at stake for Aragorn in this story: his journey to from young man into Chieftain, who can answer to the eschatology of the Elder Days that has somehow always already taken him into account.

Great set up, and post more soon!


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Gandalfs apprentice - 14 Aug 07 - 11:03 AM

Ch. 1: Prologue: The Legend of Narsil

Hi, RS and belacqua! Thanks for your comments on "Sword of Elendil." Just remember: the course of true love ne'er did run smooth... Keep reading, and your questions will be answered. 

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Larner - 16 Oct 10 - 6:51 PM

Ch. 1: Prologue: The Legend of Narsil

A most proper prologue, this.  I very much look forward to reading this now.

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