Filks from the Red Book: 30. Istar

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30. Istar

Author’s note:
As well as the usual disclaimer, I must note that the form of the poem is modeled on “Old Friends,” by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. Sung by Treebeard to Saruman trapped in Orthanc.


Locked up in Orthanc –
Your bell jar.
A suddenly roused group of Ents
Fell on your tower,
And now captive
Is what you are.

Saruman, master
Of naught now.
Hiding in stony rooms,
Waiting for Mithrandir.
The sounds of the water,
Lapping your gates
Provokes your wrath,
But there’s nothing
For you, Istar.

Can you imagine that
You could be saved,
If you could tolerate forgiveness?
Can you not let go
Of your craftiness?
They will remember you for years
Pitying, rather than with fears.

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.

Story Information

Author: Celandine Brandybuck

Status: General

Completion: Ongoing Serial

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 05/02/04

Original Post: 03/08/03

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