Queen and her Pussycats Went to Sea, The: 1. In a beautiful pea-green boat

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1. In a beautiful pea-green boat


The Queen and her pussycats went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat
Which Tarannon Falastur built one day
When he wanted to set her afloat.
Flying past Umbar her vessel was seen
By the light of a sickle moon
But the Queen and her cats nevermore have been
By the light of the day, by the depth of a dream
Reported on native or foreign scene
At daybreak or evening or noon;
And Tarannon thought, in a satisfied way -
That wasn’t a moment too soon, too soon,
That wasn’t a moment too soon.
For the Queen had a very unpleasant mein
And it wasn’t a moment too soon.


The Queen was nefarious, lonely and sad
And her black cats, three times three
Were softer than shadows when they crept out
To see what they wanted to see
And all that they noticed and all that they heard
The lies of a lover, an unguarded word
They studied and twisted, surmised and inferred
And into the ear of the Queen they were purred
And the Queen would receive them with glee
And all feared the shadows, bright eyed, softly furred
But the Queen would receive them with glee.


Then into the places the dark could not go
And under the light of the sun
Came sapphire eyes and a coat white as snow
with a way to discover what no one should know
that even the shadows would shun.
The innocent kitten that played on the grass
caused the strongest in Gondor to curse when she passed
for she was no time-honored daughter of Bast
But a demon who tortured for fun.
(And Tarannon saw she was tied to the mast
when the days of her prowling were done)


So the Queen and her pussycats went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat
Which Tarannon Falastur built one day
When he wanted to set her afloat.
Flying past Umbar her vessel was seen
By the light of a sickle moon
But the Queen and her cats nevermore have been
By the light of the day, by the depth of a dream
Reported on native or foreign scene
At daybreak or evening or noon
And Tarannon thought, in a satisfied way
That wasn’t a moment too soon, too soon,
That wasn’t a moment too soon.
For the Queen had a very unpleasant mein
And it wasn’t a moment too soon.




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: fileg

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - The Kings

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/29/03

Original Post: 04/15/03

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Queen and her Pussycats Went to Sea, The

Jay of Lasgalen - 02 Apr 07 - 2:03 AM

Ch. 1: In a beautiful pea-green boat

I like the 'Featured Story' slot - it brings me wonderful stories I've never seen before!

I like this poem, but I've always thought poor Beruthiel had a very bad press - perhaps Tolkien didn't like cats?   Tarannon always seemed cruel to me.

I really liked this line: 'They studied and twisted, surmised and inferred
And into the ear of the Queen they were purred.'
  It sounds so sinister.


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