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Lay of Leithian Canto VI

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{{lolcantos}}[[Image:Anke Eissmann - Beren before Felagund.jpeg|thumb|300px|left|'''Beren before Felagund''' by [[Anke Eissmann]]]]This [[Cantos of the Lay of Leithian|Canto]] of the [[Lay of Leithian]] starts with a description of [[Tirion]] on [[Túna]], here called Tûn.  It speaks in short of [[Fëanor]]'s speech and the [[Oath of Fëanor|Oath]], that he and his [[Sons of Fëanor|sons]] spake.  It also speeks in brief of the deeds of the [[Noldor]], such as the rescue of [[Maedhros]] by [[Fingon]].  It tells of how [[Barahir]], the father of [[Beren Erchamion|Beren]], aided [[Finrod Felagund]] during the [[Siege of Angband]].  Then how Beren made his way to [[Nargothrond]], asking for Felagund's aid in the Quest for the [[Silmaril]], giving the greatest speech he made in his life about the beauty of [[Lúthien Tinúviel|Lúthien]].  Though Felagund was moved, he feared the power of [[Celegorm]] and [[Curufin]], who took the Oath and were very influential in Nargothrond, despite his own oath to Barahir.  Then the two brothers stood and spoke, and so masterful were their voices that for many years after no elf of Nargothrond went to war for a long time.  Therefor the people would not follow Felagund on this quest, and he took with him only ten, giving his crown to [[Orodreth]].  "''Then Celegorm no more would stay,/And Curufin smiled and turned away''".
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{{lolcantos}}[[File:Anke Eißmann - Beren before Felagund.jpeg|thumb|250px|left|'''Beren before Felagund''' by [[Anke Eißmann]]]]This [[Cantos of the Lay of Leithian|Canto]] of the [[Lay of Leithian]] starts with a description of [[Tirion]] on [[Túna]], here called Tûn.  It speaks in short of [[Fëanor]]'s speech and the [[Oath of Fëanor|Oath]], that he and his [[Sons of Fëanor|sons]] spake.  It also speeks in brief of the deeds of the [[Noldor]], such as the rescue of [[Maedhros]] by [[Fingon]].  It tells of how [[Barahir]], the father of [[Beren]], aided [[Finrod|Finrod Felagund]] during the [[Siege of Angband]].  Then how Beren made his way to [[Nargothrond]], asking for Felagund's aid in the Quest for the [[Silmaril]], giving the greatest speech he made in his life about the beauty of [[Lúthien]].  Though Felagund was moved, he feared the power of [[Celegorm]] and [[Curufin]], who took the Oath and were very influential in Nargothrond, despite his own oath to Barahir.  Then the two brothers stood and spoke, and so masterful were their voices that for many years after no elf of Nargothrond went to war for a long time.  Therefor the people would not follow Felagund on this quest, and he took with him only ten, giving his crown to [[Orodreth]].  "''Then Celegorm no more would stay,/And Curufin smiled and turned away''".
 
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==The Canto==
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:When [[Morgoth]] in that day of doom
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:had slain the [[Two Trees|Trees]] and filled with gloom
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:the shining land of [[Valinor]],
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:there Fëanor and his [[Sons of Fëanor|sons]] then swore
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:the mighty [[Oath of Fëanor|oath]] upon the hill
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:of [[Tirion|tower]]-crowned [[Tûn]], that still
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:wrought wars and sorrow in the world.
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:From darkling seas the fogs unfurled
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:their blinding shadows grey and cold
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:where [[Laurelin|Glingal]] once had bloomed with [[gold]]
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:And [[Telperion|Belthil]] bore its [[silver]] flowers.
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:The mists were mantled round the towers
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:of the [[Elves]]' white [[Tirion|city]] by the sea.
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:There countless torches fitfully
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:did start and twinkle, as the [[Gnomes]]
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:were gathered to their fading homes,
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:and thronged the long and winding stair
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:that led to the wide echoing square.
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:There Fëanor mourned his jewels divine,
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:the [[Silmarils]] he made.  Like [[wine]]
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:his wild and potent words them fill;
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:a great [[Noldor|host]] harkens deathly still.
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:But all he said both wild and wise,
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:half truth and half the fruit of lies
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:that Morgoth sowed in Valinor,
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:in other songs and other lore
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:recorded is.  He bade them flee
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:from lands divine, to cross the [[Belegaer|sea]],
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:the pathless [[Araman|plains]], the perilous [[Helcaraxë|shores]]
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:where ice-infested water roars;
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:to follow Morgoth to the [[Endor|unlit earth]]
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:leaving their dwellings and olden mirth;
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:to go back to the [[Outer Lands]]
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:to wars and weeping.  There their hands
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:they joined in vows, those [[Sons of Fëanor|kinsmen seven]],
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:swearing beneath the stars of Heaven,
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:by [[Varda]] the Holy that them wrought
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:and bore them each with radiance fraught
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:and set them in the deeps to flame.
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:[[Timbrenting]]'s holy height they name,
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:whereon are built the timeless halls
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:of [[Manwë]] Lord of [[Gods]].  Who calls
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:these names in witness may not break
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:his oath, though earth and heaven shake.
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:[[Curufin]], [[Celegorm]] the fair,
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:[[Amrod|Damrod]] and [[Díriel]] were there,
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:and [[Cranthir]] dark, and [[Maidros]] tall
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:(whom after torment should befall),
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:and [[Maglor]] the mighty who like the sea
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:with deep voice sings yet mournfully.
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:'Be he friend or foe, or seed defiled
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:of Morgoth [[Bauglir]], or mortal child
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:that in after days on earth shall dwell,
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:no law, nor love, nor league of hell,
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:not might of Gods, not moveless fate
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:shall him defend from wrath and hate
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:of Fëanor's sons, who takes or steals
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:or finding keeps the Silmarils,
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:the thrice-enchanted globes of light
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:that shine until the final night.'
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:The wars and wandering of the Gnomes
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:this tale tells not.  Far from their homes
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:they fought and laboured in the North.
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:[[Fingon]] daring alone went forth
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:and sought for Maidros where he hung;
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:in torment terrible he swung,
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:his wrist in band of forgéd steel,
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:from a sheer precipice where reel
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:the dizzy senses staring down
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:from [[Thangorodrim]]'s stony crown.
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:The song of Fingon's Elves yet sing,
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:captain of armies, Gnomish king,
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:who fell at last in flame of swords
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:with his white banners and his lords.
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:They sing how Maidros free he set,
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:and stayed the feud that slumbered yet
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:between the children proud of [[Finn]].
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:Now joined once more they hemmed him in,
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:even great Morgoth, and their host
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:beleaguered [[Angband]], till they boast
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:no [[Orc]] nor [[Balrog|demon]] ever dare
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:their leaguer break or past them fare.
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:Then days of solace woke on earth
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:beneath the new-lit [[Sun]], and mirth
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:was heard in the [[Beleriand|Great Lands]] where [[Men]],
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:a young race, spread and wandered then.
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:That was the time that songs do call
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:the [[Siege of Angband]], when like a wall
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:the Gnomish swords did fence the earth
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:from Morgoth's ruin, a time of birth,
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:of blossoming, of flowers, of growth;
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:but still there held the deathless oath,
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:and still the Silmarils were deep
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:in Angband's darkly-dolven keep.
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Revision as of 22:09, 9 July 2012

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
Beren before Felagund by Anke Eißmann
This Canto of the Lay of Leithian starts with a description of Tirion on Túna, here called Tûn. It speaks in short of Fëanor's speech and the Oath, that he and his sons spake. It also speeks in brief of the deeds of the Noldor, such as the rescue of Maedhros by Fingon. It tells of how Barahir, the father of Beren, aided Finrod Felagund during the Siege of Angband. Then how Beren made his way to Nargothrond, asking for Felagund's aid in the Quest for the Silmaril, giving the greatest speech he made in his life about the beauty of Lúthien. Though Felagund was moved, he feared the power of Celegorm and Curufin, who took the Oath and were very influential in Nargothrond, despite his own oath to Barahir. Then the two brothers stood and spoke, and so masterful were their voices that for many years after no elf of Nargothrond went to war for a long time. Therefor the people would not follow Felagund on this quest, and he took with him only ten, giving his crown to Orodreth. "Then Celegorm no more would stay,/And Curufin smiled and turned away".