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. *** 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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