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Seek for the Sword dream

Type: Songs & Stories

Other Names:
the riddling words
Boromir's Riddle (LoTR index only)


An enigmatic dream that came to Faramir multiple times and Boromir once; Boromir journeyed to Rivendell for help in interpreting it.
'I come to ask for counsel and the unravelling of hard words. For on the eve of the sudden assault a dream came to my brother in a troubled sleep; and afterwards a like dream came oft to him again, and once to me.

'In that dream I thought the eastern sky grew dark and there was a growing thunder, but in the West a pale light lingered, and out of it I heard a voice, remote but clear, crying:

Seek for the Sword that was broken:
In Imladris it dwells;
There shall be counsels taken
Stronger than Morgul-spells.
There shall be shown a token
That Doom is near at hand,
For Isildur's Bane shall waken,
And the Halfling forth shall stand.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 2, The Council of Elrond

~Nessime 10Jul03
Elena Tiriel 11Aug06

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