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Legolas Greenleaf long under tree

Type: Songs & Stories


One of the messages from Galadriel for the Three Hunters, delivered by Gandalf when he meets them in Fangorn:
'To Legolas she sent this word:

Legolas Greenleaf long under tree
In joy thou hast lived. Beware of the Sea!
If thou hearest the cry of the gull on the shore,
Thy heart shall then rest in the forest no more.'

Gandalf fell silent and shut his eyes.

'Then she sent me no message?' said Gimli....

'Dark are her words,' said Legolas, 'and little do they mean to those that receive them.'

'That is no comfort,' said Gimli.

'What then?' said Legolas. 'Would you have her speak openly to you of your death?'

'Yes, if she had naught else to say.'

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 5, The White Rider

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 5Feb08

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