Fading Voice, A: 1. Chapter 1

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1. Chapter 1

A Fading Voice
- a song of Maglor long after he cast the Silmaril into the Sea-


It takes a better singer to sing this tale of woe:
though I know all the notes, they fail me as I go.
My heart is like a cavern in which the echoes fade
till everything has faded, till Arda be unmade.

My voice is thin and worn, unraveled by the years;
I toss it to the wind, this dirge that no one hears.
My lips are stiff with salt, a crust of tears and sea,
and every word they stammer flees from myself to me.

My days are drenched in cries, in silent screams of pain
from throats that I have cut, from voices I have slain.
My guilty verses founder in waves of blood and grief
and when I fall asleep, my dreams bring no relief.

The hand that plucked the strings is powerless and lame:
It held the price of evil and felt its scorching flame.
I walk the shores of time on feet that leave no mark,
towards no goal, no end, but everlasting dark.

For I have killed the music; it fails me where I go

unless there be a new song to end all tales of woe.


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: finch

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Era: Other

Genre: Poetry

Rating: General

Last Updated: 03/21/03

Original Post: 12/23/02

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