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Lay of Leithian Canto II

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This [[Cantos of the Lay of Leithian]]|Canto]] of the [[Lay of Leithian]] tells how [[Barahir son of Bregor|Barahir]] lived as an outlaw.  It tells of the snaring of [[Gorlim]] the unhappy by a phantom of his lost wife, and how he revealed the secret hiding of Barahir.  Then how [[Sauron|Thû]] slew him, and his ghost appeared to [[Beren Erchamion|Beren]], Barahir's son, who happened to be away, and told him of his treachery.  Beren upon returning found his father and all his outlaw companions dead.  He recaptured the [[Ring of Barahir]] from an orc who ironically was speaking of lying to Thû and keeping the ring.  There the Canto ends.  This Canto includes one of the most praised paragraphs of the Lay, describing [[Morgoth]], recounted below.
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{{lolcantos}}This [[Cantos of the Lay of Leithian|Canto]] of the [[Lay of Leithian]] tells of how [[Barahir]] and his band lived as outlaws.  It tells of the snaring of [[Gorlim]] the Unhappy by a phantom of his lost wife fashioned by [[Thû]], and how under torture he revealed the secret lair of Barahir before being slain, and how Gorlim's ghost appeared to [[Beren]], Barahir's son, away on reconnaissance, and told him of his treachery.  Beren upon returning found his father and all his outlaw companions dead.  He marked the grave of his father with a cairn of stones, swore an oath to avenge his death, and then, following the slayers, recaptured the [[Ring of Barahir]] from an orc-captain who boasted of killing Barahir and lying to Sauron in order to keep the ring for its goldThe Canto ends with [[Beren]] leaving [[Dorthonion]] in an attempt to reach the Elven Lands of [[Beleriand]].  This Canto includes one of the most praised paragraphs of the Lay, describing [[Morgoth]], recounted below.
  
:Far in teh North neath hills of stone
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==Concerning the Canto==
:in caverns black there was a throne
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:by fires illuminated underground,
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:that winds of ice with moaning sound
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:made flare and flicker in dark smoke;
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:the wavering bitter coils did choke
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:the sunless airs of dungeons deep
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:where evil things did crouch and creep.
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:There sat a king: no [[Elves|Elfin]] race
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:nor mortal blood, nor kindly grace
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:of earth or heaven might he own,
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:far older, stronger than the stone
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:the world is built of, than the fire
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:that burns within more fierce and dire;
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:and thoughts profound were in his heart:
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:a gloomy power that dwelt apart
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:
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::Unconquerable spears of steel
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:were at his nod.  No ruth did feel
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:the legions of his marshalled hate,
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:on whom did [[werewolves|wolf]] and [[ravens|raven]] wait;
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:and black the ravens sat and cried
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:upon their banners black, and wide
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:was heard their hideous chanting dread
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:above the reek and trampled dead.
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:With fire and sword his ruin red
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:on all that would not bow the head
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:like lightning fell.  The northern land
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:lay groaning neath his ghastly hand.
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This canto may be considered one of the darkest and most morbid cantos, with first a vivid description of the horrors of Morgoth, one of the most famous paragraphs in the Lay.
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:''There sat a king: no [[Elves|Elfin]] race''
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:''nor mortal blood, nor kindly grace''
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Then comes the hope of Barahir, and the stumbling of Gorlim the Unhappy.
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:''But still there lived in hiding cold''
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:''undaunted, [[Barahir]] the bold''
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:''of land bereaved, of lordship shorn''
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:''who once a prince of [[Men]] was born''
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The carrion-crows add to the effect of horror, and the sense of panic and hatred is full.  Then comes the curse and despair of Beren, and when in the last he leaves the grave of his father, and heads south.  Finally, the famous lines:
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:''[[Beleriand]], Beleriand''
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:''the borders of the faëry land''
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end the Canto and leave its tragic spell hanging.
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==External Links==
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKYq75Cc3yo Of Hunters Lore...] OpenMic Video: Excerpt of the Lay of Leithian by Loren

Latest revision as of 08:33, 8 August 2010

Lay of Leithian cantos
  1. Canto I
  2. Canto II
  3. Canto III
  4. Canto IV
  5. Canto V
  6. Canto VI
  7. Canto VII
  8. Canto VIII
  9. Canto IX
  10. Canto X
  11. Canto XI
  12. Canto XII
  13. Canto XIII
  14. Canto XIV

This Canto of the Lay of Leithian tells of how Barahir and his band lived as outlaws. It tells of the snaring of Gorlim the Unhappy by a phantom of his lost wife fashioned by Thû, and how under torture he revealed the secret lair of Barahir before being slain, and how Gorlim's ghost appeared to Beren, Barahir's son, away on reconnaissance, and told him of his treachery. Beren upon returning found his father and all his outlaw companions dead. He marked the grave of his father with a cairn of stones, swore an oath to avenge his death, and then, following the slayers, recaptured the Ring of Barahir from an orc-captain who boasted of killing Barahir and lying to Sauron in order to keep the ring for its gold. The Canto ends with Beren leaving Dorthonion in an attempt to reach the Elven Lands of Beleriand. This Canto includes one of the most praised paragraphs of the Lay, describing Morgoth, recounted below.

[edit] Concerning the Canto

This canto may be considered one of the darkest and most morbid cantos, with first a vivid description of the horrors of Morgoth, one of the most famous paragraphs in the Lay.

There sat a king: no Elfin race
nor mortal blood, nor kindly grace

Then comes the hope of Barahir, and the stumbling of Gorlim the Unhappy.

But still there lived in hiding cold
undaunted, Barahir the bold
of land bereaved, of lordship shorn
who once a prince of Men was born

The carrion-crows add to the effect of horror, and the sense of panic and hatred is full. Then comes the curse and despair of Beren, and when in the last he leaves the grave of his father, and heads south. Finally, the famous lines:

Beleriand, Beleriand
the borders of the faëry land

end the Canto and leave its tragic spell hanging.

[edit] External Links