Bitter Valentine's Day Poetry Challenge

Anglachel

1. Terzanelle / Anglachel

   
   
   
Anglachel

I sought to have your secret heart remade
in my own image. Lovers so conspire
who are not happy until love’s a blade

My own soul was the forge, your soul the fire
Your dark heart and my dark heart intertwined
in my own image. Lovers so conspire

and who can stand against such love combined?
Yet you defend, as though I were the prey,
your dark heart and my dark heart intertwined.

My broken hands will wield you while I may.
I know you will not love these hands for long
yet you defend, as though I were the prey.

The fire of stars, the dark of space your song.
What made me think I could contain your rage?
I know you will not love these hands for long.

You are the iron bar that forms my cage
I sought to have your secret heart remade
What made me think I could contain your rage
who are not happy until love’s a blade

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Author's notes:

When I wrote this, I had in my mind the image of the re-forging of the sword; Anglachel into Gurthang. It made me think of all the unhappy lovers who spend their time trying to change someone they think they love into someone they would like them to be.

I used variations on Beleg’s lines where I could, both to tie a memory of him into the imagery of the poem, and because they had so much poetry already in them. And lovers like Anglachel always whisper the same stories to each new lover anyway...

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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: 04/23/03

Original Post: 03/17/03

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