Ballad of Isildur and Elendil, The: 1. The Ballad of Isildur and Elendil

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1. The Ballad of Isildur and Elendil

[A/N: For the tune, click here: Music]


1. Gil-galad and Elendil
Marched their armies up the hill
To meet the Dark Lord face to face,
And cast him down from his high place.

The thunder boomed and the lightning flashed
As on the battlefield the armies clashed.
If men had let their duty go,
The Dark would have taken Gondor long ago...

2. The thunder boomed and the lightning flashed
As on the battlefield the armies clashed.
As Elendil raised his sword on high,
The soldiers drew their swords and gave the cry.

Through the air elven arrows flew,
Orc and troll and man they slew.
If men had let their duty go,
The Dark would have taken Gondor long ago...

3. Through the air elven arrows flew,
Orc and troll and man they slew.
The archers aimed their arrows high
And sent them bolting through the sky.

The Dark Lord raised his hand in spell;
On the battlefield the Elf Lord fell.
If men had let their duty go,
The Dark would have taken Gondor long ago...

4. The Dark Lord raised his hand in spell;
On the battlefield the Elf Lord fell.
The Dark Lord strode to Elendil,
Spilling his blood upon the hill.

The sky grew dark with increasing gloom,
As the soldiers rallied to meet their doom.
If men had let their duty go,
The Dark would have taken Gondor long ago...

5. The sky grew dark with increasing gloom,
As the soldiers rallied to meet their doom.
Isildur took his father's sword.
He did battle with the dreadful Lord,

With the fighting raging all around
And his father dying upon the ground.
If men had let their duty go,
The Dark would have taken Gondor long ago...

6. With the fighting raging all around
And his father dying upon the ground,
His soldiers rallied and did their best
While round about them the dark host pressed.

Isildur raised his father's sword,
Shouting defiance at the grim Dark Lord.
If men had let their duty go,
The Dark would have taken Gondor long ago...

7. Isildur raised his father's sword,
Shouting defiance at the grim Dark Lord.
In the face of death he raised his hand,
And banished the Darkness from the Western lands.

If men in peace would seek to live,
They must stand ever ready their lives to give.
If men had let their duty go,
The Dark would have taken Gondor long ago...

If men in peace would seek to live,
They must stand ever ready their lives to give.
If men would let their duty go,
The Dark would have taken Gondor long ago...

(from a lullaby of Gondor)


[A/N: For the tune, click here: Music]

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: lindelea

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: Akallabêth/Last Alliance

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 05/12/03

Original Post: 04/24/03

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