Still More Middle-earth Holiday Carols: 1. The Twelve Days of Mettarë

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1. The Twelve Days of Mettarë

Author's note:
To the tune "The Twelve Days of Christmas," Gollum sings in his cave. Mettarë is the midwinter holiday of Middle-earth.

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On the first day of mettarë, my Precious gave to me
A fisssh, silver, sweet and juicy

On the second day of mettarë, my Precious gave to me
Two mourning doves, and
A fisssh, silver, sweet and juicy

On the third day of mettarë, my Precious gave to me
Three sedge wrens
Two mourning doves, and
A fisssh, silver, sweet and juicy

On the fourth day of mettarë, my Precious gave to me
Four squawking birds
Three sedge wrens
Two mourning doves, and
A fisssh, silver, sweet and juicy

On the fifth day of mettarë, my Precious gave to me
Five balls of string
Four squawking birds
Three sedge wrens
Two mourning doves, and
A fisssh, silver, sweet and juicy

On the sixth day of mettarë, my Precious gave to me
Six Orcs a-straying
Five balls of string
Four squawking birds
Three sedge wrens
Two mourning doves, and
A fisssh, silver, sweet and juicy

On the seventh day of mettarë, my Precious gave to me
Seven eels a-swimming
Six Orcs a-straying
Five balls of string
Four squawking birds
Three sedge wrens
Two mourning doves, and
A fisssh, silver, sweet and juicy1

On the eighth day of mettarë, my Precious gave to me
Eight goats for milking
Seven eels a-swimming
Six Orcs a-straying
Five balls of string
Four squawking birds
Three sedge wrens
Two mourning doves, and
A fisssh, silver, sweet and juicy

On the ninth day of mettarë, my Precious gave to me
Nine squirrels prancing
Eight goats for milking
Seven eels a-swimming
Six Orcs a-straying
Five balls of string
Four squawking birds
Three sedge wrens
Two mourning doves, and
A fisssh, silver, sweet and juicy

On the tenth day of mettarë, my Precious gave to me
Ten snakes a-creeping
Nine squirrels prancing
Eight goats for milking
Seven eels a-swimming
Six Orcs a-straying
Five balls of string
Four squawking birds
Three sedge wrens
Two mourning doves, and
A fisssh, silver, sweet and juicy

On the eleventh day of mettarë, my Precious gave to me
Eleven goblins griping
Ten snakes a-creeping
Nine squirrels prancing
Eight goats for milking
Seven eels a-swimming
Six Orcs a-straying
Five balls of string
Four squawking birds
Three sedge wrens
Two mourning doves, and
A fisssh, silver, sweet and juicy

On the twelfth day of mettarë, my Precious gave to me
Twelve Elves a-running
Eleven goblins griping
Ten snakes a-creeping
Nine squirrels prancing
Eight goats for milking
Seven eels a-swimming
Six Orcs a-straying
Five balls of string
Four squawking birds
Three sedge wrens
Two mourning doves, and
A fisssh, silver, sweet and juicy

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: Celandine Brandybuck

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Multi-Age

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 12/15/04

Original Post: 12/09/04

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