Antipodean Writer: Lost stanzas to: West of the Moon, East of the Sun

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The following are additional verses to the traveling song sung by Frodo shortly before his departure to the West: using the same rhyme and metre recorded in the LOTR.


Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate.
And though I oft have passed them by
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

In secret lakes and hidden dells
Past towers where wizards chant their spells
Through dark caves delved deep underground
Where gems and mithril may be found
Go hidden paths that onwards run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

To mountain peaks that touch the sky
Home to the eagles’ eyries, I
Would walk upon the wings of air
To tread the winds and cloudy stair
On airy paths that onwards run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

Down covered deeps beneath the sea –
As oldest tales declare to be –
Past grottos where leviathans lay
Unseen by sunlight or the day
Via liquid paths which also run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

By farthest star in sable dark
Whose fires burn with eternal spark
On celestial roads that far return
To place unknown where comets burn
Paths through the Void that also run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

The seas are vast, the oceans wide,
And many wonders do they hide
In secret isles, forgotten lands
Obscure from men, on lonely sands
But through these oceans paths still run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

Tis time to go, time to depart,
Take courage, mortal beating heart!
The way is long, hard is the toil
Leaving behind fair Midgard’s soil
Traveling over hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.


This poem was first posted on Antipodean Writer.


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