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This first [[Cantos of the Lay of the Leithian|Canto]] of the [[Lay of Leithian]] tells of [[Thingol|Elu Thingol]], and [[Lúthien|Lúthien Tinúviel]] and [[Doriath]]. It runs to 98 lines, the shortest canto save the last, unfinished one.
 
This first [[Cantos of the Lay of the Leithian|Canto]] of the [[Lay of Leithian]] tells of [[Thingol|Elu Thingol]], and [[Lúthien|Lúthien Tinúviel]] and [[Doriath]]. It runs to 98 lines, the shortest canto save the last, unfinished one.
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== The Canto ==
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<blockquote>A [[Elu Thingol|king]] there was in days of old;<br>
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ere [[Men]] yet walked upon the mould<br>
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his power was reared in [[Menegroth|cavern]]’s shad,<br>
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his hand was over glen and glade.<br>
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His shields were shining as the [[moon]]<br>
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his lances keen of steel were hewn,<br>
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of silver grey his crown was wrought<br>
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the starlight in his banners caught;<br>
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and silver thrilled his trumpets long<br>
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beneath the [[Menelmacar|stars in challenge]] strong;<br>
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enchantment did his real enfold,<br>
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where might and glory, wealth untold,<br>
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he wielded from his ivory throne<br>
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in many-pillared halls of stone.<br>
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There beryl, pearl, and opal pale,<br>
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and metal wrought like fishes’ mail<br>
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buckler and corselet, ade and sword<br>
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and gleaming spears were laid in hoard–<br>
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all these he had and loved them less<br>
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than a maiden once in [[Doriath|Elfinesse]];<br>
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for fairer than are born to [[Men]]<br>
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a daughter had he, [[Lúthien]]</blockquote>
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<blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;such lissom limbs no more shall run<br>
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on the green earth beneath the [[sun]];<br>
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so fair a maid no more shall be<br>
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from dawn to dusk, from sun to sea.<br>
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Her robe was blue as summer skies<br>
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but gray as evening were here eyes;<br>
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‘twas sewn with golden lilies fair<br>
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but dark as shadow was her hair.<br>
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Her feet were light as bird on wing<br>
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her laughter lighter than the spring;<br>
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the slender willow, the bowing reed<br>
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the fragrance of a flowering mead<br>
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the light upon the leaves of trees<br>
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the voice of water, more than these<br>
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her beauty was and blissfulness<br>
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her glory and her loveliness;<br>
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and her the king more dear did prize<br>
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than hand or heart or light of eyes.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;They dwelt amid [[Beleriand]]<br>
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while [[Elves|Elfin]] power yet held the land<br>
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in the woven woods of [[Doriath]];<br>
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few ever thither found the path;<br>
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few ever dared the forest-eaves<br>
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to pass, or stir the listening leaves<br>
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with tongue of hounds a-hunting fleet<br>
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with horse, or horn, or mortal feet.<br>
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To North there lay the [[Dor Daedeloth|Land of Dread]]<br>
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whence only evil pathways led<br>
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o’er hills of shadow bleak and cold<br>
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or [[Taur-nu-Fuin (Dorthonion)|Taur-nu-Fuin]]’s haunted hold<br>
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where Deadly [[Great Darkness|Nightshade]] lurked and lay<br>
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and never came or moon or day<br>
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to South the wide earth unexplored;<br>
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to [[West]] the ancient [[Belegaer|Ocean]] roared<br>
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unsailed and shoreless, wide and wild;<br>
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to East in [[Blue Mountains|peaks of blue]] were piled<br>
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in silence folded, mist-enfurled,<br>
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the [[Walls of Night|mountains of the Outer World]],<br>
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beyond the tangled woodland shade<br>
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thorn and thicket, grove and glade<br>
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whose brooding boughs with magic hung<br>
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were ancient when the world was young.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;There [[Thingol]] in the [[Menegroth|Thousand Caves]]<br>
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whose portals pale that river laves<br>
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[[Esgalduin]] that fairies call<br>
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in many a tall and torchlit hall<br>
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a dark and hidden king did dwell<br>
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lord of the forest and the fell;<br>
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and sharp his [[Aranrúth|sword]] and high his helm<br>
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the king of beech and oak and elm.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;There Lúthien the lissom maid<br>
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would dance in dell and grassy glade<br>
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and music merrily, thin and clear,<br>
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went down the ways, more fair than ear<br>
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of [[Gift of Men|mortal Men]] at feast hath heard<br>
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and fairer than the song of bird.<br>
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When leaves were long and grass was green<br>
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then [[Dairon]] with fingers lean<br>
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as daylight melted into shade<br>
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a wandering music sweetly bade<br>
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enchanted fluting, warbling wild<br>
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for love of Thingol’s elfin child.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;There bow was bent and shaft was sped<br>
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the fallow deer as phantoms fled<br>
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and horses proud with branded mane<br>
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with shining bit and silver rein<br>
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went fleeting by on moonlit night<br>
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as swallows arrow-swift in flight;<br>
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a blowing and a sound of bells<br>
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a hidden hunt in hollow dells.<br>
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There songs were made and things of gold<br>
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and silver cups and jewels untold<br>
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and the endless years of Faëry land<br>
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rolled over far [[Beleriand]]<br>
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until a day beneath the sun<br>
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when many marvels were begun.</blockquote>
  
 
== Concerning the Canto ==
 
== Concerning the Canto ==

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