Denethor Poetry Writing Challenge

Before the Fire

1. Before the Fire

Before the Fire
Poetry by Denethor, ghost-written by Karigan Rohanna
A/N: The nuzgul nipped me, and I sat trying to think of something technical and sufficiently Dene-like. And then it occurred to me I
could write something with two rhymes per line, that did not rhyme with each other. The Dene muse fought like a tiger for Finduilas
poetry, but I won because I said how hard this was for me to write. And Elphir is the eldest son of Imrahil, mentioned in The Peoples
of Middle Earth. Thank you Sar, insane ghost writer poet mun that you are who made me stick with this, and I dedicate with much
fondness this story to my three poets, Gina, Alyson, and Hannah, who all write much better poetry than I do.

I sit before the fire and think, of darkness and of shadowed things
As flames crackle I blink, and think of the lost Dwarven rings
As the flames leap and snap, I begin to wonder on the nature of Gondor
As upon my door there is a tap, I realize long did I take to ponder

The hours have slipped past, as I wondered why Eru sent me Faramir
The hours have run by fast, as I thanked him for all that was Boromir
Time itself has slipped me by, as I pondered why I was hated by Ecthelion
Time itself has run past on the sly, as I questioned how Thorongil took my place there within

The night has grown long indeed, as I wondered why Imrahil is so dull
My errand-rider reins in his steed, as I wonder why Elphir leaves wine in his brain to mull
Hirgon hastens over the white stone, and now I ponder what the Captain of the Guard is on
And now he makes himself known, as I wish Finduilas was not yet gone

Time has flown away from me, and I don't know where its gone
Time from me does continually flee, and I don't know what's wrong
When I start to think of those, whom over I do rule
The time within my study grows, and they all seem the fool

My weariness with this world goes on, and they all seem intent
My need to sleep grows long, and their actions feel ill bent
Am I the only man within my city, who sees their errant ways
Am I the only man who's witty, and hasn't slept for days?

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: Karigan Rohanna

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Rating: General

Last Updated: 07/05/03

Original Post: 07/05/03

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