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Lay of Leithian Canto XIV

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{{lolcantos}}This [[Cantos of the Lay of Leithian|Canto]] of the [[Lay of Leithian]] is the unfinished last Canto. It begins with [[Beren Erchamion|Beren]] and [[Lúthien]] fleeing with the [[Silmarils|Silmaril]] through slumbering [[Angband]]. But at the gate [[Carcharoth]] stood loosed from the spell. He leaped at them ere Lúthien could weave another spell, and Beren stood before his beloved, and with his left hand he caught the wolf's throat and with the right he thrust the Silmaril into the eyes of the wolf.  The fangs of Carcahroth "crashed together like a trap" and took off Beren's hand, Silmaril and all. There the Lay ends.
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Canto IV is the final, unfinished [[Cantos of the Lay of Leithian|Canto]] of the [[Lay of Leithian]]. It begins with [[Beren Erchamion|Beren]] and [[Lúthien]] fleeing with the [[Silmarils|Silmaril]] through slumbering [[Angband]]. But at the gate [[Carcharoth]] awoke from the enchantment. He leaped at them before Lúthien could weave another spell, and Beren stood before his beloved, and with his left hand he caught the wolf's throat and with the right he thrust the Silmaril into the eyes of the wolf.  The fangs of Carcahroth "crashed together like a trap" and took off Beren's hand, Silmaril and all. There the Lay ends.
  
 
== The Canto ==
 
== The Canto ==
:Up through the [[Angband|dark and echoing gloom]]
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<blockquote>
:as ghosts from many-tunnelled tomb,
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Up through the [[Angband|dark and echoing gloom]]<br>
:up from the [[Iron Mountains|mountain's roots]] profound
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as ghosts from many-tunnelled tomb,<br>
:and the vast menace underground,
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up from the [[Iron Mountains|mountain's roots]] profound<br>
:their limbs aquake with deadly fear,
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and the vast [[Morgoth|menace]] underground,<br>
:terror in eyes, and dread in ear,
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their limbs aquake with deadly fear,<br>
:together fled they, by the beat
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terror in eyes, and dread in ear,<br>
:affrighted of their flying feet.
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together fled they, by the beat<br>
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affrighted of their flying feet.
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</blockquote>
  
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<blockquote>
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At last before them far away<br>
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they saw the glimmering wraith of day,<br>
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the mighty archway of the [[Gates of Angband|gate]]—<br>
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and there a horror new did wait.<br>
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Upon the threshold, watchful, dire,<br>
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his eyes new-kindled with dull fire,<br>
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towered [[Carcharoth]], a biding doom:<br>
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his jaws were gaping like a tomb,<br>
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his teeth were bare, his tongue aflame;<br>
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aroused he watched that no one came,<br>
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no flitting shade nor hunted shape,<br>
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seeking from [[Angband]] to escape.<br>
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Now past that guard what guile or might<br>
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could thrust from death into the light?
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</blockquote>
  
:At last before them far away
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<blockquote>
:they saw the glimmering wraith of day,
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He heard afar their hurrying feet,<br>
:the mighty archway of the [[Gates of Angband|gate]]—
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he snuffed an odour strange and sweet;<br>
:and there a horror new did wait.
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he smelled their coming long before<br>
:Upon the threshold, watchful, dire,
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they marked the waiting threat at door.<br>
:his eyes new-kindled with dull fire,
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His limbs he stretched and shook off sleep,<br>
:towered [[Carcharoth]], a biding doom:
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then stood at gaze. With sudden leap<br>
:his jaws were gaping like a tomb,
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upon them as they sped he sprang,<br>
:his teeth were bare, his tongue aflame;
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and his howling in the arches rang.<br>
:aroused he watched that no one came,
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Too swift for thought his onset came,<br>
:no flitting shade nor hunted shape,
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too swift for any spell to tame;<br>
:seeking from [[Angband]] to escape.
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and [[Beren Erchamion|Beren]] desperate then aside<br>
:Now past that guard what guile or might
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thrust [[Lúthien]], and forth did stride<br>
:could thrust from death into the light?
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unarmed, defenceless to defend<br>
 
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[[Lúthien|Tinúviel]] until the end.<br>
 
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With left he caught at hairy throat,<br>
:He heard afar their hurrying feet,
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with right hand at the eyes he smote—<br>
:he snuffed an odour strange and sweet;
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his right, from which the radiance welled<br>
:he smelled their coming long before
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of the holy [[Silmaril]] he held.<br>
:they marked the waiting threat at door.
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As gleam of swords in fire there flashed<br>
:His limbs he stretched and shook off sleep,
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the fangs of Carcharoth, and crashed<br>
:then stood at gaze. With sudden leap
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together like a trap, that tore<br>
:upon them as they sped he sprang,
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[[Erchamion|the hand about the wrist]], and shore<br>
:and his howling in the arches rang.
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through brittle bone and sinew nesh,<br>
:Too swift for thought his onset came,
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devouring the frail mortal flesh;<br>
:too swift for any spell to tame;
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and in that cruel mouth unclean<br>
:and [[Beren Erchamion|Beren]] desperate then aside
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engulfed the jewel's holy sheen.
:thrust [[Lúthien]], and forth did stride
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</blockquote>
:unarmed, defenceless to defend
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:[[Lúthien|Tinúviel]] until the end.
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:With left he caught at hairy throat,
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:with right hand at the eyes he smote—
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:his right, from which the radiance welled
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:of the holy [[Silmaril]] he held.
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:As gleam of swords in fire there flashed
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:the fangs of Carcharoth, and crashed
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:together like a trap, that tore
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:[[Erchamion|the hand about the wrist]], and shore
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:through brittle bone and sinew nesh,
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:devouring the frail mortal flesh;
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:and in that cruel mouth unclean
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:engulfed the jewel's holy sheen.
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Revision as of 02:53, 9 June 2006

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

Canto IV is the final, unfinished Canto of the Lay of Leithian. It begins with Beren and Lúthien fleeing with the Silmaril through slumbering Angband. But at the gate Carcharoth awoke from the enchantment. He leaped at them before Lúthien could weave another spell, and Beren stood before his beloved, and with his left hand he caught the wolf's throat and with the right he thrust the Silmaril into the eyes of the wolf. The fangs of Carcahroth "crashed together like a trap" and took off Beren's hand, Silmaril and all. There the Lay ends.

The Canto

Up through the dark and echoing gloom
as ghosts from many-tunnelled tomb,
up from the mountain's roots profound
and the vast menace underground,
their limbs aquake with deadly fear,
terror in eyes, and dread in ear,
together fled they, by the beat
affrighted of their flying feet.
At last before them far away
they saw the glimmering wraith of day,
the mighty archway of the gate
and there a horror new did wait.
Upon the threshold, watchful, dire,
his eyes new-kindled with dull fire,
towered Carcharoth, a biding doom:
his jaws were gaping like a tomb,
his teeth were bare, his tongue aflame;
aroused he watched that no one came,
no flitting shade nor hunted shape,
seeking from Angband to escape.
Now past that guard what guile or might
could thrust from death into the light?
He heard afar their hurrying feet,
he snuffed an odour strange and sweet;
he smelled their coming long before
they marked the waiting threat at door.
His limbs he stretched and shook off sleep,
then stood at gaze. With sudden leap
upon them as they sped he sprang,
and his howling in the arches rang.
Too swift for thought his onset came,
too swift for any spell to tame;
and Beren desperate then aside
thrust Lúthien, and forth did stride
unarmed, defenceless to defend
Tinúviel until the end.
With left he caught at hairy throat,
with right hand at the eyes he smote—
his right, from which the radiance welled
of the holy Silmaril he held.
As gleam of swords in fire there flashed
the fangs of Carcharoth, and crashed
together like a trap, that tore
the hand about the wrist, and shore
through brittle bone and sinew nesh,
devouring the frail mortal flesh;
and in that cruel mouth unclean
engulfed the jewel's holy sheen.