Singing In The Face of Death: 1. Singing In The Face Of Death

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1. Singing In The Face Of Death

His hand displayed a cold black-feathered dart
the point upon his palm as red as wine
as though the steel had sheltered in his heart.

He ran the risk of death to bring a sign
long promised. In that hand, we all could see
that once stained red, the steel had lost its shine

But free men pay a price for living free
and sometimes die as free men to retain
the right to chose to whom we bend the knee

We offer this as comfort to our slain:
All men must die - but you whom honor calls-
You will live on in many a bard's refrain

And when we gather safely in our halls
Your names will ring with glory from the walls



In this Terza-Rima sonnet, an unnamed Rider of Rohan sings of Hirgon of Gondor.

Hirgon rode to Rohan, bringing the red tipped arrow that asked them to remember their pledge to ride to Gondor's aid in time of war. His headless body was discovered later on the road; the arrow was still in his hand.

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: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 06/02/03

Original Post: 06/02/03

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