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== Concerning the Canto ==
 
== Concerning the Canto ==
 
This canto starts out with one of the more popular paragraphs, concerning Thingol.
 
This canto starts out with one of the more popular paragraphs, concerning Thingol.
{{blockquote|A king there was in days of old:<br />
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ere [[Men]] yet walked upon the mould...|vv. 1-2}}
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{{blockquote|A king there was in days of old:<br />ere [[Men]] yet walked upon the mould...|vv. 1-2}}
  
 
The descriptions of jewels is contrasted with the love of his daughter, whose description soon follows.
 
The descriptions of jewels is contrasted with the love of his daughter, whose description soon follows.
{{blockquote|There beryl, pearl, and opal pale<br />
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{{blockquote|There beryl, pearl, and opal pale<br /> and metal wrought like fishes' mail <br />...<br />all these he had and loved them less<br />than a maiden once in Elfinesse;<br />for fairer than are born to Men<br />a daughter had he, Lúthien.|vv. 15-6, 19-22}}
and metal wrought like fishes' mail<br />
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...<br />
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all these he had and loved them less<br />
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than a maiden once in Elfinesse;<br />
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for fairer than are born to Men<br />
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a daughter had he, Lúthien.|vv. 15-6, 19-22}}
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Then it introduces [[Endor]] and orients the reader.
 
Then it introduces [[Endor]] and orients the reader.
{{blockquote|To North there lay the Land of Dread<br />
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{{blockquote|To North there lay the Land of Dread<br /> whence only evil pathways led<br />...<br />to South the wide earth unexplored<br />to West the ancient [[Belegaer|Ocean]] roared,<br />unsailed and shoreless, wide and wild<br />to East in peaks of blue were piled...|vv. 49-50, 55-58}}
whence only evil pathways led<br />
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...<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 peaks of blue were piled...|vv. 49-50, 55-58}}
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Note the reference below to fairies, not uncommon in older works.  One thing about the Lay is that it commonly connects Beleriand and Faërie.
 
Note the reference below to fairies, not uncommon in older works.  One thing about the Lay is that it commonly connects Beleriand and Faërie.
{{blockquote|''[[Esgalduin]] that fairies call<br />
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{{blockquote|''[[Esgalduin]] that fairies call<br /> in many a tall and torchlit hall|vv. 67-68}}
in many a tall and torchlit hall|vv. 67-68}}
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Note also that the name of '''Dairon''' is spelt here with an "i", as opposed to '''[[Daeron]]''' of later works.
 
Note also that the name of '''Dairon''' is spelt here with an "i", as opposed to '''[[Daeron]]''' of later works.
{{blockquote|When leaves were long and grass was green<br />
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then Dairon with his fingers lean,<br />
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{{blockquote|When leaves were long and grass was green<br /> then Dairon with his fingers lean, <br />as daylight melted into shade, <br /> a wandering music sweetly made...|vv. 79-82}}
as daylight melted into shade,<br />
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a wandering music sweetly made...|vv. 79-82}}
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It ends on a note of change, signifying the end of the introduction and the beginning of the tale.
 
It ends on a note of change, signifying the end of the introduction and the beginning of the tale.
{{blockquote|...until a day beneath the [[sun]],<br />
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{{blockquote|...until a day beneath the [[sun]],<br />when many marvels were begun.|vv. 97-98}}
when many marvels were begun.|vv. 97-98}}
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