The Witch King: 1. The Witch King

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1. The Witch King

Indestructible, I stand
as I have endured all ages,
neither living nor dead
but something far beyond
your pitiful flesh,
a parchment tent
one small arrow can breech.
What catapult can level
the fortress of my blackness?
Evil, you call me
quivering at my iron feet
you think yourself mighty
but I will break you
before the pale syllables
can escape your lips
like mice that flee
at the faintest rumble.
I tell you now,
you know not what evil is. 
You only think you can name the Shadow.
When I have claimed you
and feasted on your futile beauty
sucked the glory from your bones
drunk your singing valor
strung your tears into a chain
and fettered your ashen soul to mine,
you will tread in my steps
stumbling and adoring
happy to obey.
You will hunt for me
and fetch me shining beings
who are as you once were
and shall be as you are now
then you will curl at my feet
and lick my fingers
after I fling you a scrap or two
and kick you at my whim.
You will spit and snarl
at those fool enough
to attempt your deliverance
if such there be.
Then you will fathom
the true reach of my despair
and glory in our oneness
knowing that it will be
for all eternity.

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: Armariel

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 11/02/07

Original Post: 10/23/07

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Aganaphel - 02 Nov 07 - 9:10 AM

Ch. 1: The Witch King

Loved the poem. A great interpretation of the WK's threat: "I will bear thee away..."

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Armariel - 03 Nov 07 - 9:14 PM

Ch. 1: The Witch King

Thanks Aganaphel!  I scared myself writing this one....didn't know I had it in

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Lorendiac - 14 Feb 08 - 8:15 PM

Ch. 1: The Witch King

You weren't kidding about "not for the faint of heart." You certainly captured the arrogant tone I would expect in any poetic musings of the title character. However, I feel obligated to throw in an obligatory nitpick: The first word of the first line should be "indestructible" instead of "indestructable." I checked an online dictionary just now, and it agrees with me.

(Frankly, before I did check, I wasn't 100 percent sure what it would say -- it was always possible that both spellings were valid -- but no, as I thought, it's always supposed to end "-ible" for some reason. Please don't ask me why!)

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Armariel - 13 Sep 09 - 12:46 PM

Ch. 1: The Witch King

Thanks Lorendiac!  I don't think I saw this comment before--just now noticed it!  

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