The Complaint of Mîm the Dwarf

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The Complaint of Mîm the Dwarf is a short poem accompanied by a more extensive prose text about the petty-dwarf Mîm, written by J.R.R. Tolkien.


The poem consists of twenty-six lines of verse, and then continues with six paragraphs of prose, all of which composes one fictional work. It is a tale about the aging Mîm, lonely and bitter, and how he struggles with not being able to forgive.[1]

It is unknown when Tolkien wrote The Complaint of Mîm the Dwarf,[1] as well as where the manuscript is kept.

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The original text has never been published, but a German translation was included in Klett-Cotta's anniversary volume Das erste Jahrzehnt 1977–1987: Ein Almanach (pp. 302-5), titled as "Mîms Klage" (translated from English by Hans J. Schütz). A one-paragraph summary of the poem and prose text was included in the second edition of The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide Revised and Enlarged Edition (2017), p. 261