Adraefan: 5. Chorus II (Nienna)

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5. Chorus II (Nienna)

Nienna is the Valar Queen of Pity, Suffering, Endurance.
She weeps for every ailing beggar,
every rejected lover, every orphaned child
all the injuries of all the soldiers in all the wars
every dead leaf on every abandoned tree
every mortal or elvish lip-quivering chin-tremble
she weeps
washing down over Middle-earth in cascading rains
filling the rivers and oceans, and then draining them again
to weep ever more

and now, turning her teary eyes to Boromir
sprawled half-dead stinking rotten cold
on the eastern Anduin bank by Rauros Falls
with wheezy breath and burnt soul
and oh, how the arrow wounds rip through
like tearing cloth, pulling his shivering muscles apart
with poison poison poison, ai, the poison!

Poor child!

Nienna sobs weeps wails
cries again and again.

“O woe! O anguish! O grief!
O pain! O darkness! O torment!
O general misery!

“Not over yet, for poor poor son of Denethor,”
she laments, and lays a warm blanket over him.
“Sleep easy. Wounded, scarred, diseased, poisoned,
lost, despairing, half-gutted Man.
For now, rest
and forgive me, my love, for I will visit you again.
Too soon…”

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: Aeneid

Status: Reviewed

Completion: Complete

Era: 3rd Age - Ring War

Genre: General

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 10/20/05

Original Post: 08/10/04

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Playlists Featuring the Story

Banjoverse: The Full Epic - 13 stories - Owner: Banjoverse!
The full list of stories set in banjoverse. Chronologically. Gondor, Third Age. War of the Ring era and beyond.
Included because: One of the epics that spawned banjoverse. A pillar to the series.
Radio Rec List - 9 stories - Owner: Dwimordene

Thanks to the marvel that is the mp3, there's rarely a perfectly silent moment in my conscious life. Whether it's someone else's annoying iPod or my own stuff, there's pop music aplenty and much repetition. This is where the trite and the literary meet. Read on, while I date myself (child of eighties and nineties), display my musical tastes for good or ill, cause cognitive dissonance, and perhaps recommend some stories.

Created for the HASA Playlist Challenge.

Included because: 'Running up that hill', by Kate Bush. Key lines: 'Ooh, there is thunder in our hearts. Is there so much hate for the ones we love? '
Where History Has Been Fixed - 8 stories - Owner: Boromir's Alternate Histories
Need a Boromir!Lives fix? This is the place to be.
Included because: A somewhat dark look at how Boromir's life might have been with one less arrow.

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