Dark Songs of Arda: 2. Two: Sauron

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2. Two: Sauron

Two: Challenge the Lightning

Tonight I challenge the lightning, the mocking assault from the sky

The storm has long been in waiting, the doom of the star-land is nigh

The clouds are coming, the eagles, and the West all ill does bode

But I now I fear them no longer - tonight all would call me a god

The days of bliss have ended, gone are the times of rest

Driven by lies and defiance the ships have long left for the West

And I am left here laughing and knowing that once again

Fate I have mocked and godly love and darkened the Gift of Man

Say it is evil I wakened, or say it is freedom of heart

Both I will take, and proudly - both I have loved from the start

For both I long have labored and tonight my work is done

And my laughter would challenge the storm and ring on ere the wave is gone

Thus laughing I stand in the star-land and wait for doom to fall

And the wave is rising higher and yet more to devour all

And I care not if I die tonight, with the proud, desperate Men, every one

For tonight I have challenged the lightning, and the world will remember I've won


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: Joan Milligan

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 09/03/02

Original Post: 09/02/02

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