Telperion had shone in silver light: 1. poem

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Telperion had shone in silver light,

Laurelin was dropping leaves of gold..

You ask me: "Sing a song of former times!"

I cannot do - because these songs have gone.

Or I have lost them all, useless things,

When lands of Aman I had left behind.

I can just sing of waves of the Sea,

In grey and spectral haze spreading wide.

I could forget the songs on the way

In grinding ice, following my King.

I cannot find a song for you again.

Of Helkaraxe I would like to sing.

I'd like to sing of a sudden flash,

That scorched the horizon in the flame ,

Where ships of Alqualonde burnt to ashes,

And tunes of peaceful times were burnt in them.

In a rabid slaughter I have lost my harp,

In furious battles I forgot my songs,

My present ones became rigid and sharp,

As edged as a blade of a sword.

The war and murders…Thousands of graves.

The carpet of the grass does ever hide

Tales of the Land which never knew a death.

I'll sing you of the fallen in a fight.

And if you say it isn't to your taste -

The ballads of the sorrow and wars,

I'll find the words, which flawless but waste -

the Sun, the Moon, the brilliance of stars,

A wind which plays in the sea of green ,

The icy crowns at the Heaven's door,

And blooming meadows in early spring…

But never will I sing of Valinor!

Its songs are buried in the days of yore,

The Earth will not be young as it has been.

Telperion will blossom nevermore,

Beside forever dead Laurelin.


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: Winterborn

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/21/06

Original Post: 12/20/06

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