26. Chorus VI (Coronation)
Breathe the eternal sigh, Aragorn,
you are our King.
Flocking birds burning away into the bright sun
sun sun sunlight splayed
all through the Citadel, joyous
and crowds, thronging crowds of Minas Tirith
cheering cheering cheering silent…
But you do not hear them, Aragorn,
As the heavy crown, tall, wing-tipped
glowing intense, burdened
is placed on your head
pressing against your temples and brow
whispering to you with promises to weigh
to weigh you down with a kingdom…
And so Mithrandir blesses,
and Frodo bows,
and all bow now, all bow
bowing to you, Aragorn,
as you straighten, steely-eyed
looking out over the waves
of hair glowing in the fickle sun.
Look right, Aragorn:
You see Boromir, kneeling, smiling rare,
Eru, scarred and gaunt and red-eyed…
You see Faramir, kneeling, smiling broad,
Eru, pale and weary and…
Thoughts: I have inherited a wounded kingdom.
Look left, Aragorn:
You see Mithrandir, bowing, lips quirked,
A wizard’s counsel will be needed…
You see the hobbits: one, two, three, four,
Pallidistant Frodo, Loyalstout Sam,
Slywise Merry, Innocent Pippin…
And you see Gimli and Legolas, too
and Éomer and Éowyn and Imrahil
and and and…
The pale crisp sky over what-was-Mordor.
And the crown, the crown
living, breathing, buzzing
so that your royal blood quickens
and your ancient heart races
and suddenly you know it all
you understand now…
All the Kings of Old,
all the West,
all the glory, silent.
The chant, almost mournful,
everyone’s breath is stilled.
“Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien…
Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn' Ambar-metta…”
And this moment is locked away in time, forever sealed.
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