Denethor Poetry Writing Challenge


1. Obedience

Obedience is all I require
And this – demanded of my sons –
Is signed and sealed in searing fire.

As love, indeed, my duty shuns
Gondor needs all, and takes my heart –
And this demanded of my sons.

Whatever I thought at the start
Now nothing else can fill my life –
Gondor needs all and takes my heart.

My children and my lady wife
Must come below this hard mistress -
Nothing else, now, can fill my life.

As around me all dark things press,
The love of those two grey-eyed boys
Must come below this hard mistress.

Unfailing trust then this destroys –
Obedience is all I require.
The love of those two grey-eyed boys
Is signed and sealed in searing fire.


AN: (1) Definitely for Fileg – for sharing her talents so generously with those of us who know little about writing poetry, for teaching me how to write a terzanelle, for inspiring me with her incredible Denethor poem – Ascensions, for being so unfailingly encouraging – and most of all for the I *heart* Denethor t-shirt logo (which may be found in the Verse and Adversity forum :D
(2) Unlike Denethor I can’t scan and I know it isn’t a great poem. I decided to put it in the challenge though because I do like a couple of the images – and I’ve decided I love terzanelles even if I can’t write them really ;-) Criticism welcome – I have no illusions about my ability as a poet.

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: Avon

Status: General

Completion: Complete

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Last Updated: 05/09/03

Original Post: 04/24/03

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