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This was a poem written by Frodo when he was in Lothlorien. The poem was a memory of Gandalf.
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'''''When evening in the Shire was grey''''' is a poem, written by [[Frodo Baggins]] in [[Lothlórien]] in {{TA|3019}}. It is a lament for [[Gandalf]], who had fallen in [[Moria]].<ref>{{FR|II7}}</ref>
  
''When evening in the Shire was grey
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==Text==
''Italic text''his footsteps on the Hill were heard;
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<poem>
''Italic text''before the dawn he went away
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''When evening in [[the Shire]] was grey
''Italic text''on journey long without a word.
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''his footsteps on [[the Hill]] were heard;
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''before the dawn he went away
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''on journey long without a word.
  
''Italic text''From Wilderland to Western shore,
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''From [[Wilderland]] to Western shore,
''Italic text''from northern waste to southern hill,
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''from northern waste to southern hill,
''Italic text''through dragon-lair and hidden door
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''through [[Smaug|dragon-lair]] and [[Lonely Mountain|hidden door]]
''Italic text''and darkling woods he walked at will.
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''and [[Mirkwood|darkling woods]] he walked at will.
  
''Italic text''With Dwarf and Hobbit, Elves and Men,
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''With [[Dwarves|Dwarf]] and [[Hobbits|Hobbit]], [[Elves]] and [[Men]],
''Italic text''with mortal and immortal folk,
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''with mortal and [[Maiar|immortal folk]],
''Italic text''with bird on bough and beast in den,
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''with [[Great Eagles|bird]] on bough and [[Beorn|beast]] in den,
''Italic text''in their own secret tongues he spoke.
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''in their own secret tongues he spoke.
  
''Italic text''A deadly sword, a healing hand,
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''A deadly [[Glamdring|sword]], a healing hand,
''Italic text''a back that bent beneath his load;
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''a back that bent beneath his load;
''Italic text''a trumpet-voice, a burning brand,
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''a trumpet-voice, a burning brand,
''Italic text''a weary pilgrim on the road.
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''a weary [[mithrandir|pilgrim]] on the road.
  
''Italic text''A lord of wisdom throned he sat,
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''A lord of wisdom throned he sat,
''Italic text''swift in anger, quick to laugh;
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''swift in anger, quick to laugh;
''Italic text''an old man in a battered hat
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''an old man in a battered hat
''Italic text''who leaned upon a thorny staff.
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''who leaned upon a thorny staff.
  
''Italic text''He stood upon the bridge alone
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''He stood upon the [[Bridge of Khazad-dûm|bridge]] alone
''Italic text''and Fire and Shadow both defied;
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''and [[Durin's Bane|Fire and Shadow]] both defied;
''Italic text''his staff was broken on the stone,
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''his staff was broken on the stone,
''Italic text''in Khazad-dûm his wisdom died.
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''in [[Khazad-dûm]] his wisdom died.''</poem>
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Upon hearing this poem [[Samwise Gamgee]] suggested another stanza:
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<poem>
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''The finest rockets ever seen:
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''they burst in stars of blue and green,
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''or after thunder golden showers
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''came falling like a rain of flowers.''</poem>
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{{references}}
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[[Category:Poems by J.R.R. Tolkien]]

Revision as of 23:21, 19 January 2013

When evening in the Shire was grey is a poem, written by Frodo Baggins in Lothlórien in T.A. 3019. It is a lament for Gandalf, who had fallen in Moria.[1]

Text

When evening in the Shire was grey
his footsteps on the Hill were heard;
before the dawn he went away
on journey long without a word.

From Wilderland to Western shore,
from northern waste to southern hill,
through dragon-lair and hidden door
and darkling woods he walked at will.

With Dwarf and Hobbit, Elves and Men,
with mortal and immortal folk,
with bird on bough and beast in den,
in their own secret tongues he spoke.

A deadly sword, a healing hand,
a back that bent beneath his load;
a trumpet-voice, a burning brand,
a weary pilgrim on the road.

A lord of wisdom throned he sat,
swift in anger, quick to laugh;
an old man in a battered hat
who leaned upon a thorny staff.

He stood upon the bridge alone
and Fire and Shadow both defied;
his staff was broken on the stone,
in Khazad-dûm his wisdom died.

Upon hearing this poem Samwise Gamgee suggested another stanza:

The finest rockets ever seen:
they burst in stars of blue and green,
or after thunder golden showers
came falling like a rain of flowers.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Mirror of Galadriel"