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Seek for the Sword that was broken

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'''Seek for the Sword that was broken''' is a rhyme that appeared in dreams to [[Faramir]] and later his brother [[Boromir]].
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==Rhyme==
 
{{quote|In that dream I thought the eastern sky grew dark and there was a growing thunder, but in the West a pale light lingered, and out of it I heard a voice, remote but clear, crying:
 
{{quote|In that dream I thought the eastern sky grew dark and there was a growing thunder, but in the West a pale light lingered, and out of it I heard a voice, remote but clear, crying:
 
<poem>
 
<poem>
 
  Seek for the Sword that was broken:
 
  Seek for the Sword that was broken:
  In [[Imladris]] it dwells;
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  In [[Rivendell|Imladris]] it dwells;
 
  There shall be counsels taken
 
  There shall be counsels taken
 
  Stronger than Morgul-spells.
 
  Stronger than Morgul-spells.
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  That Doom is near at hand,
 
  That Doom is near at hand,
 
  For [[Isildur's Bane]] shall waken,
 
  For [[Isildur's Bane]] shall waken,
  And the [[Hobbit|Halfling]] forth shall stand.</poem>|Boromir; [[The Fellowship of the Ring]], [[The Council of Elrond]]}}
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  And the [[Hobbits|Halfling]] forth shall stand.</poem>|Boromir, ''[[The Council of Elrond]]''}}
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==History==
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When Faramir had the dream, he did not speak of it. He had the dream twice again, and his brother had it once. Neither knew what exactly the "Doom" and "Isildur's Bane" referred to, nor where "Imladris" was. Their [[Denethor|father]] told Boromir that Imladris was where Lord [[Elrond]] dwelt, and the road being too dangerous, Boromir took it upon himself to follow this lead.
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==Deus ex machina==
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This dream is a moment when intervention from the [[Valar]] can be seen - the dream would be a construction of [[Irmo|Irmo Lórien]], who has the power to create dreams. It is often discussed but rarely agreed upon what would have happened when the Valar got their way - what would have happened if Faramir went to Imladris, and Boromir guarded [[Ithilien]]. 
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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'''1981: ''[[The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series)|The Lord of the Rings]]'':'''
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:The song is sung by [[Matthew Vine]] in a high-pitched voice at the Council of Elrond. It is the reason for Boromir's coming to Rivendell, and is explained by [[Aragorn]], [[Gandalf]] and [[Elrond]].
  
The same dream came to both [[Faramir]] and [[Boromir]], and the road being too dangerous, Boromir took it upon himself to follow the lead his [[Denethor II|father]] had given him: that Imladris was where Lord [[Elrond]] dwelled in the north. There he met and attended the [[Council of Elrond]], which provided the answer to the riddle. For also attending was a [[hobbit]], who bore the [[One Ring]], and also a [[Ranger]], who carried [[Anduril]], the sword used to cut the ring off [[Sauron]]'s hand. Boromir went on to be a member of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]]
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Latest revision as of 08:18, 31 March 2013

Seek for the Sword that was broken is a rhyme that appeared in dreams to Faramir and later his brother Boromir.

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[edit] Rhyme

"In that dream I thought the eastern sky grew dark and there was a growing thunder, but in the West a pale light lingered, and out of it I heard a voice, remote but clear, crying:

 Seek for the Sword that was broken:
 In Imladris it dwells;
 There shall be counsels taken
 Stronger than Morgul-spells.
 There shall be shown a token
 That Doom is near at hand,
 For Isildur's Bane shall waken,
 And the Halfling forth shall stand.

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― Boromir, The Council of Elrond

[edit] History

When Faramir had the dream, he did not speak of it. He had the dream twice again, and his brother had it once. Neither knew what exactly the "Doom" and "Isildur's Bane" referred to, nor where "Imladris" was. Their father told Boromir that Imladris was where Lord Elrond dwelt, and the road being too dangerous, Boromir took it upon himself to follow this lead.

[edit] Deus ex machina

This dream is a moment when intervention from the Valar can be seen - the dream would be a construction of Irmo Lórien, who has the power to create dreams. It is often discussed but rarely agreed upon what would have happened when the Valar got their way - what would have happened if Faramir went to Imladris, and Boromir guarded Ithilien.

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1981: The Lord of the Rings:

The song is sung by Matthew Vine in a high-pitched voice at the Council of Elrond. It is the reason for Boromir's coming to Rivendell, and is explained by Aragorn, Gandalf and Elrond.