Water and Flame: 1. Water and Flame

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1. Water and Flame

Some say the West will end with water,
Some say in flame.
And if dear Atalante's slaughter
Should foretell, I hold with water.
For as the wave from furthest West
Ascended Meneltarma's height,
Gift once possessed
Proved then our plight.

But fate denies an end so grand
To Western sons;
Orodruin's ash expands
And e'er we start, the East has won.
For I have seen it in my stone:
The burning plains, the Cruelest Eye.
We stand alone;
The West shall die.

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Author's Notes
[1] This poem is written in the style of Robert Frost's poem "Fire and Ice".
[2] ATALANTE: Alternate name for Numenor.
[3] MENELTARMA: mountain on Numenor
[4] GIFT: A reference both to Numenor itself (a gift of the Valar to the Men who had fought against Sauron) and to death (which was originally a gift of Iluvatar to all Men).
[5] ORODRUIN: Mount Doom

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: Marta

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 02/17/05

Original Post: 03/31/04

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