Middle-earth Holiday Carols: 3. I Heard the Drums on That Dark Day

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3. I Heard the Drums on That Dark Day

Author's note:
A Dwarven carol, sung to the tune "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." Said to have been composed by Thráin I.


I heard the drums on that dark day
A dreadful sound of warning play,
In Khazad-dûm the goblins come
No peace for Dwarves in Moria.

I thought how, as their hordes drew near,
We would stand firm and not show fear -
But some did quake and ranks did break.
No peace for Dwarves in Moria.

And in despair I bowed my head
And helped as frail and wounded fled.
My wrath is strong and will last long.
No peace for Dwarves in Moria.

Then beat the drums more loud and deep:
"Your king may live, but ours will keep
The darkling cave you to us gave."
No peace for Dwarves in Moria.

Now panting, chanting on my way
I wait to fight another day.
In Mahal's time, it will be mine.
No peace for Dwarves in Moria.

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: 01/25/03

Original Post: 11/26/02

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