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1. The Wanderer

An exile roams, sad renegade,
Sorrow’s son, in form a shade
Of what he was in younger days
Before the sun,
In Tirion –
A song of grief he plays.


Once his voice the heart did lift,
“Forging Gold” his name and gift
Spun beauty from his harping hands.
Now mourns he
Beside dark sea
Alone on alien strands.


For evil oath he once did swear
At any cost three jewels fair
To reclaim, and killed his kin
Whose help denied,
And so they died –
And Elvenkind knew sin.


Of these vile acts he did repent
And counsel to his brother sent
That they should break their solemn word
The gems to gain,
For too much pain
To others had occurred.


But this his brother would do not,
And so together they did plot.
Two jewels in the end they gained,
But hallowed stone
Seared flesh and bone –
Past crimes left them profaned.


In despair his brother fell
Into a pit, and there will dwell
In raging fires deep in the earth
A gem of light,
Its luster bright,
Until the world’s rebirth.


The other gem is in the sea
Where Maglor threw it after he
The jewel could no longer hold.
In pain he sings
Of dreadful things –
Sorrows as yet untold.


Maglor! Though believe you do
Your banishment eternal, true
It is that Elves can die of grief;
In Mandos’ care
Your soul you’ll bare,
And thus will find relief.

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: Ithilwen

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Other

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 04/14/03

Original Post: 12/13/02

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