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Lay of Leithian Canto VII

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{{lolcantos}}This [[Cantos of the Lay of Leithian|Canto]] tells how [[Beren Erchamion|Beren]], [[Finrod Felagund]], and ten companions disguised themselves as [[orcs]], [[Nereb]] and [[Dugalef]], and their company.  [[Thû]] from [[Wizard's Isle]] spotted them, and brought them in, where he questioned them, suspecting a trick.  Then comes one of the most descriptive paragraphs, of how Thû "chanted a song of wizardry", and how Felagund responded with "a song of staying".  They fought back and forth a battle of minds, until at last Felagund's power fell, and they returned to their own human forms.  Then how Thû placed them in his dungeons, and every now and then sent down a [[werewolf]] to devour one of them, hoping another would name the errand they were on.  But "none would yield, and none would tell".
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{{lolcantos}}This [[Cantos of the Lay of Leithian|Canto]] tells how [[Beren]], [[Finrod|Finrod Felagund]], and ten companions disguised themselves as [[orcs]], [[Nereb]] and [[Dungalef]], and their company.  [[Thû]] from [[Wizard's Isle]] spotted them, and brought them in, where he questioned them, suspecting a trick.  Then comes one of the most descriptive paragraphs, of how Thû "chanted a song of wizardry", and how Felagund responded with "a song of staying".  They fought back and forth a battle of minds, until at last Felagund's power fell, and they returned to their own original forms.  Then how Thû placed them in his dungeons, and every now and then sent down a [[werewolves|werewolf]] to devour one of them, hoping another would name the errand they were on.  But "none would yield, and none would tell".
 
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==The Canto==
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:Thus twelve alone there ventured forth
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:from [[Nargothrond]], and to the North
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:they turned their silent secret way,
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:and vanished in the fading day.
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:No trumpet sounds, no voice there sings,
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:as robed in mail of cunning rings
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:now blackened dark with helmets grey
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:and sombre cloaks they steal away.
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:Far-journeying [[Narog]]'s leaping course
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:they followed till they found his source,
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:the flickering falls, whose freshets sheer
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:a glimmering goblet glassy-clear
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:with crystal waters fill that shake
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:and quiver down from [[Ivrin]]'s lake,
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:from Ivrin's mere that mirrors dim
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:the pallid faces bare and grim
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:of [[Ered Gorgoroth|Shadowy Mountains]] neath the [[moon]].
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:Now far beyond the [[Doriath|realm]] immune
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:from [[Orc]] and [[balrog|demon]] and the dread
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:of [[Morgoth]]'s might their ways had led.
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:In woods o'ershadowed by the heights
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:they watched and waited many nights,
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:till on a time when hurrying cloud
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:did moon and constellation shroud,
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:and winds of autumn's wild beginning
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:soughed in the boughs, and leaves went spinning
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:down the dark eddies rustling soft,
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:they heard a murmur hoarsely waft
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:from far, and croaking laughter coming;
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:now louder; now they heard the drumming
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:of hideous stamping feet that tramp
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:the weary earth.  Then many a lamp
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:of sullen red they saw draw near,
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:swinging, and glistening on spear
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:and scimitar.  There hidden nigh
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:they saw a band of Orcs go by
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:with [[goblin]]-faces swart and foul.
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:[[Bats]] were about them, and the [[owl]],
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:the ghostly forsaken night-bird cried
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:from trees above.  The voices died,
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:the laughed like clash of stone and steel
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:passed and faded.  At their heel
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:the [[Elves]] and Beren crept more soft
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:than [[foxes]] stealing through a croft
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:in search of prey.  Thus to the camp
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:lit by flickering fire and lamp
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:they stole, and counted sitting there
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:full thirty Orcs in the red flare
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:of burning wood.  Without a sound
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:they one by one stood silent round,
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:each in the shadow of a tree;
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:each slowly, grimly, secretly
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:bent then his [[bow]] and drew the string.
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:Hark! how they sudden twang and sing,
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:when Felagund lets forth a cry;
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:and twelve Orcs sudden fall and die.
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:Then forth they leap casting their bows.
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:Out their bright [[swords]], and swift their blows!
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:The stricken Orcs now shriek and yell
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:as lost things deep in lightless hell.
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:Battle there is beneath the trees
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:bitter and swift: but no Orc flees;
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:there left their lives that wandering band
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:and stained no more the sorrowing land
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:with rape and murder.  Yet no song
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:of joy, or triumph over wrong,
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:the Elves there sang.  In peril sore
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:they were, for never alone to war
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:so small an Orc-band went, they knew.
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:Swiftly the raiment off they drew
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:and cast the corpses in a pit.
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:This desperate counsel had the wit
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:of Felagund for them devised:
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:as Orcs his comrades he disguised.
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:The poisoned spears, the bows of horn,
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:the crooked swords their foes had borne
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:they took; and loathing each him clad
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:in [[Angband]]'s raiment foul and sad.
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:They smeared their hands and faces fair
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:with pigment dark; the matted hair
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:all lank and black from goblin head
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:they shore, and joined it threat by thread
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:with Gnomish skill.  As each one leers
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:at each dismayed, about his ears
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:he hangs it noisome, shuddering.
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:Then Felagund a spell did sing
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:of changing and of shifting shape;
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:their ears grew hideous, and agape
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:their mouths did start, and like a fang
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:each tooth became, as slow he sang.
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:Their Gnomish raiment then they hid,
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:and one by one behind him slid,
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:behind a foul and goblin thing
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:that once was elven-fair and king.
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:Northward they went; and Orcs they met
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:who passed, nor did their going let,
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:but hailed them in greeting; and more bold
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:they grew as past the long miles rolled.
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:At length they came with weary feet
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:beyond Beleriand.  They found the fleet
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:young waters, rippling, silver-pale
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:of [[Sirion]] hurrying through that vale
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:where [[Taur-na-Fuin]], Deadly Night,
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:the trackless forest's pine-clad height,
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:falls dark forbidding slowly down
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:upon the east, while westward frown
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:the northward-bending [[Ered Wethrin|Mountains grey]]
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:and bar the westering light of day.
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:An [[Tol Sirion|isléd hill]] there stood alone
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:amid the valley, like a stone
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:rolled from the distant mountains vast
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:when [[giants]] in tumult hurtled past.
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:Around its feet the river looped
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:a stream divided, that had scooped
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:the hanging edges into caves.
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:There briefly shudddered Sirion's waves
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:and ran to other shores more clean.
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:An elven watchtower had it been,
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:and strong it was, and still was fair;
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:but now did grim with menace stare
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:one way to pale Beleriand,
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:the other to that mournful land
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:beyond the valley's northern mouth.
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:Thence could be glimpsed from [[Fen of Serech|fields of drouth]],
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:the dusty dunes, the [[Dor Daedeloth|desert wide]];
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:and further far could be descried
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:the brooding cloud that hangs and lowers
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:on [[Thangorodrim]]'s thunderous towers.
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Latest revision as of 23:40, 24 April 2011

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 tells how Beren, Finrod Felagund, and ten companions disguised themselves as orcs, Nereb and Dungalef, and their company. Thû from Wizard's Isle spotted them, and brought them in, where he questioned them, suspecting a trick. Then comes one of the most descriptive paragraphs, of how Thû "chanted a song of wizardry", and how Felagund responded with "a song of staying". They fought back and forth a battle of minds, until at last Felagund's power fell, and they returned to their own original forms. Then how Thû placed them in his dungeons, and every now and then sent down a werewolf to devour one of them, hoping another would name the errand they were on. But "none would yield, and none would tell".