Lament of Arwen: 1. Lament of Arwen

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1. Lament of Arwen

Night has come in winter
Come without a star
The moon is rising from the East
Where the shadows are

The Road leads into darkness
And some are called away
For those were born to wander far, and others doomed to stay

Who has seen the white gulls flying?
In the cold and starless night
What has heard the West Wind crying?
Out of time and out of sight
For silent kings in silent hills
Their golden ages past
When they are not, though I am still
Of those that were, the last

Now all that were beforehand
Their canvasses unfurled
Have steered their charted course to reach
The circles of the world

And those that were to follow
Will join those that are gone
To leave a bleak and weary place
A lonely, and a dreary place
For those who linger on

Who has seen the great king sleeping?
Deep beneath a hall of stone
Who has heard the North Wind weeping?
Weeping for her left alone
For barren hopes in barren lands
Their golden wages spent
For choices no one understands
Why neither will repent

Who has seen the River flowing?
Flowing out of memory
Who has heard the South Wind blowing?
Scouring the Sundering Sea
For silver ships and silver sails
That vanished long before
For starry paths and foamy trails
That lead to Valinor

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: Mirkwood

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Post-Ring War

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 03/23/04

Original Post: 03/14/04

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