Carols in Middle-earth

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2. From Valinor They Marched Away

Author’s note:
To the tune “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.” The Elves in Middle-earth recall the Flight of the Noldor.


From Valinor they marched away,
The Noldor brave and bold,
With oaths still lingering on their lips –
Dissension ’twixt them sowed.
“We shall seek out the Silmarils,
Whatever that may bring!”
The Valar knew not what to say
Or what these deeds might bring.

To Alqualondë went they then
And asked for ships to sail.
Denied, they drew their weapons out
And ventured to assail
The Teleri who’d done no harm
And wished to sail and sing.
The Noldor overcame them all,
In wicked Kinslaying.

The Helcaraxë soon drew near
As northward marched the throng;
But treachery raised evil thoughts
And some did the rest wrong.
For Fëanor and all his sons
Would not the ships back bring.
O bow your heads, recall the lost,
And lament for them sing.

But lo! through Grinding Ice some passed,
And Middle-earth would behold;
When with the rising of the Moon
They reached it unforetold.
Grim war would over all the earth
Its dreadful burdens fling,
Yet without deeds of fell prowess
Of what would Elves now sing?

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.

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Author: Celandine Brandybuck

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/15/04

Original Post: 12/04/03

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