Denethor Poetry Writing Challenge

Finduilas

1. villanelle

   
   
   
I knew my spirit could not take me higher
And yet I burned when I embraced your light
That’s when I gave my heart up to the fire

For in your depth was all that I require
And in that moment, as with second sight
I knew my spirit could not take me higher

I never understood about desire
Until I saw you were both dark and bright
That’s when I gave my heart up to the fire

And when our souls ignited on that pyre
I rose up like a phoenix; reached for flight -
I knew my spirit could not take me higher

I should have known that cruel fate would conspire
To take you from the arms of your true knight
That’s when I gave my heart up to the fire

I never understood about desire
Until you left me nothing but the night
I knew my spirit could not take me higher
That’s when I gave my heart up to the fire

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Author's notes:
When I decided to try to write a poem from Denethor's point of view, I thought I would work with the terzanelle form and try playing with the sound and repetition. But Denethor's voice is strong, and I was soon drawn into the even stricter structure of the villanelle - it seemed to me he wanted to use a form as formal as Gondor.

I am not sure I am convinced in my own heart that Denethor ever felt, or indeed was capable of feeling anything this strongly. So, this was quite an exercise for me. I don't think it is an accident I wrote a poem he would have written to address her loss, not to celebrate having her love.

"Finduilas" is written after her death (and with an edge of prophecy)

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: fileg

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Rating: General

Last Updated: 05/28/03

Original Post: 03/12/03

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