Yuletide Songs: 1. Take up your swords, O Dúnedain

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1. Take up your swords, O Dúnedain

To the tune of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen":

Take up your swords, O Dúnedain,
Let nothing you delay;
Your Chieftain's gone a-questing
To keep the Dark at bay;
To save us all from Sauron's power
Nine Walkers made their way.

Bring ye tidings of sorrow or joy,
Sorrow or joy?
Bring ye tidings of sorrow or joy?


The Wizard fell at Moria,
There in the Balrog's den;
And Boromir the Steward's heir
Was slain at Amon Hen.
Three Hunters ran across Rohan
And found Gandalf again.

Bring ye tidings of sorrow or joy,
Sorrow or joy?
Bring ye tidings of sorrow or joy?


So call your fellows, pack your bags,
And get ye gone tonight;
Ride southwards to your Chieftan's aid
As swiftly as you might.
E'en thirty Northmen well could make
Some difference to the fight!

Bring ye tidings of sorrow or joy,
Sorrow or joy?
Bring ye tidings of sorrow or joy?


Two and thirty southwards rode,
Or so the tales relate,
And Halbarad was at their head,
A-riding to his fate.
How many more were slain that day
Before dark Mordor's Gate?

Bring ye tidings of sorrow or joy,
Sorrow or joy?
Bring ye tidings of sorrow or joy?

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: Leonora

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: General

Rating: General

Last Updated: 10/31/03

Original Post: 11/30/02

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