Tolkien Tribute: Lost Stanzas from The March of the Ents

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The following are additional verses to the ‘March of the Ents’ sung by the Tree Shepherds proceeding to the sack of Isengard: using the same rhyme and metre recorded in the LOTR.


To Isengard! Though Isengard be ringed and barred with doors of stone.
Though Isengard be strong and hard, as cold as stone and bare as bone.
We go, we go, we go to war! To hew the stone and break the door:
For bole and bough are burning now. The furnace roars – we go to war!
To land of gloom with tramp of doom. With roll of drum. We come! We Come!
To Isengard with doom we come!
With doom we come! With doom we come!

Though Isengard with wizard-power be warded in this fatal hour –
Though Orcs and Trolls and evil wight attempt to halt us with our might –
We’ll hew them – like our kindred trees they’ve axed. Their blood – let terror freeze!
We’ll scatter them like leaves in wind! So hear us roar! To war! To war!
To Isengard with tramp of doom. With roll of drum! We come! We come!
Ho – Isengard! Your doom is come!
Your doom is come! Your doom is come!

We’ll break the locks and crack the doors. The towers smash. Uproot the floors.
We’ll slay the orcs who lift the axe. For who can stand our fierce attacks?
For Isengard must fall tonight. So we decide! Come Ents and fight!
For every tree laid dead and low. In wrath therefore – we go to war!
To Isengard with tramp of doom. With roll of drum! We come! We come!
Ho – Isengard! Where can you run?
Your doom is come! We come! We come!


This poem was first posted on Tolkien Tribute.


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