Antipodean Writer: Melkor’s Song

Antipodean Writer: Melkor’s Song

Apr 15, 2018

Melkor his thoughts in music wove In the First Theme. His music strove With tunes inspired by Eru’s thought. Some Ainur Melkor’s music caught And turned their song, tuning their lays To Melkor’s purpose, Melkor’s praise. Thus Melkor sows discord profound To bring cacophony of sound. Some Ainur faltered. Others grew Despondent. But Illúvatar knew The cause, as...

Antipodean Writer: Melkor’s Seeking

Antipodean Writer: Melkor’s Seeking

Mar 15, 2018

Into the Void I sally frequently To search the barrenness. O where did He Hide His Imperishable Flame by which He made The Ainur? Though I’ve frequently essayed To find the Flame, always I find it not. Yet in my inmost being, desires hot Consume my soul with lustings to create Creatures that live! To dictate all their Fate, I shall be god! I shall be like Eru!...

Antipodean Writer: Melkor & the Imperishable Flame

Antipodean Writer: Melkor & the Imperishable Flame

Feb 15, 2018

Behold! Out of the Imperishable Flame Eru brought forth the Ainur. And they came! Of Valar – twelve. Of Maia – many more Were born. So now the Ainur sing before Illúvatar, performing each alone For long ages, till the Ainur were shown The Great Music. Each Ainur of the mind Of Eru knew a part, yet each did find That as they listened to each other, grew In...

Antipodean Writer: On Durin’s Bridge

Antipodean Writer: On Durin’s Bridge

Jan 15, 2018

In Khazad-Dûm did Gandalf fall, Duelling the Balrog in the hall Of stone where Durin’s folk had stayed – Though dwarven strength is long decayed. Gandalf astride the bridge did stand A staff and sword gripped in each hand. The demon Balrog stalked him there Its winglike darkness filled the air While goblins all about them roared! Gandalf no further could...

Antipodean Writer: Lost Stanzas to: In Moria, In Khazad-dûm

Antipodean Writer: Lost Stanzas to: In Moria, In Khazad-dûm

Dec 15, 2017

In Moria, in Khazad-dûm From mountain root, and hidden room Awoke one day grim Durin’s Bane Alas for dwarven-kind it came! Deeply dwarves delved ‘neath mountain stone For mithril ore to smelt and hone And work – all for its beauty’s sake. No more – with Durin’s Bane’s awake! Its Name of Fear, spirit of fire Has claimed the deepness of Moria! Alas! The halls our...

Antipodean Writer: Arwen’s Lament

Antipodean Writer: Arwen’s Lament

Nov 15, 2017

Now my lord is dead! Gone to join the dead! In the House of the Kings he lies In the Silent Street he lies still as stone, on the bier where he last closed his eyes. ‘Tis a bitter gift doomed to mortal men: I must bear it. How much I’ve lost! It’s too heavy for us immortal-born to bear: so never did I count the cost! I have laid me down on Cerin Amroth – where...

Antipodean Writer: Set Sail for Eldamar

Antipodean Writer: Set Sail for Eldamar

Oct 15, 2017

Parting was hard and bitter-sweet. Then sailing cross the foam Far oversea into the west: for Elrond sailed alone. His salty tears with ocean mixed en route to Eldamar. So Elrond, where your children three? Tell on – say where they are. Elrohir and Elladan – twin sons. Both marched to fight the war: To Aragorn both boys are sworn: for King they’re fighting for...

Antipodean Writer: The Riding of the Rohirrim

Antipodean Writer: The Riding of the Rohirrim

Sep 15, 2017

Baaay-huuuuu! With the bay of the sounding trumpets came the riders of the Mark As the new dawn rose over Pellanor, sunrise dispersed the dark The front gate of Minas Tirith, shattered lay, all battered-in When Rohan succored Gondor – their allies called the Rohirrim. King Théoden led his riders who had come by the secret way For the Pukél-men were their...

Antipodean Writer: Azanulbizar

Antipodean Writer: Azanulbizar

Aug 15, 2017

Curse Azog – and the pit that spawned him! Curse his master Sauron as well! Murderer and thief of our dwarf homelands: yet we hued him down to hell! Ah my boy – sit and hear your elder. Though I’ve wounds – I don’t carry shame. For I fought in the wars ‘gainst the orcish swine – for dwarf honour and our name! I don’t say fighting is glorious – there’s a cost...

Antipodean Writer: Fingolfin’s Fall: The Elves’ Lament

Antipodean Writer: Fingolfin’s Fall: The Elves’ Lament

Jul 15, 2017

The elves lament. They still sing of that day Fingolfin rode alone to Angband. Say: Of what they sing. What do the elves recall Of what the High King made before his fall? By what strange paths, by what fey-madness sent High King Fingolfin to the place he went? Elves sing of how Fingolfin rode alone Over the plain. With dire wrath his eyes shone Revengeful in...

Antipodean Writer: Fingolfin’s Fall: The Duel

Antipodean Writer: Fingolfin’s Fall: The Duel

Jun 15, 2017

Fingolfin stared upwards into the sky. His breathing hard. Still, once again he’ll try To strike his enemy down! Cold Ringil gleamed Like blazing ice. But every movement seemed To slow so that he moved as in a daze And every thought was trapped inside a maze Of unreality. The Dark Lord? Here? Before the gates of Angband? And so near The realm of pain and...

Antipodean Writer: Fingolfin’s Fall: The Last Duel

Antipodean Writer: Fingolfin’s Fall: The Last Duel

May 15, 2017

The Dark Lord stands: an ebon tower Looming tall in that evil hour. Without device, his massive targe Jet-black, blots out the sky, so large That buckler is. His mighty mace – Called Grond – is brought up to his face Then raised to crush the brazen foe Standing upon the plains below. Fingolfin stands. But suddenly He is not there. Fast-footed, he...

Antipodean Writer: Fingolfin’s Fall: The Last Ride

Antipodean Writer: Fingolfin’s Fall: The Last Ride

Apr 15, 2017

Dashing over the dusty plain The High King rode! Fey eyes insane Burnt like twin stars. The goblins flee Afraid to face a foe like he! Mounted on his royal horse Rochallor, Angband is his course. For all is lost. His warriors dead. His allies too have copiously bled Upon the field. They only live Who fled the rout. What can he give When already he’s given all?...

Antipodean Writer: The Paths of the Dead

Antipodean Writer: The Paths of the Dead

Mar 15, 2017

They come! They come! The Dead they come! With flickering banners, muted drum Armoured in fear, The Dead draw near! By Erech’s Stone, here they atone Remembered oath, eld days when loath Isildur’s summons they refuse Today by Erech they must choose To obey summons. Rest in peace! At last Isildur’s curse will cease. They come! They come! The Dead are come! With...

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

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

Feb 15, 2017

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...

Antipodean Writer: The One Ring

Antipodean Writer: The One Ring

Jan 15, 2017

  Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die One for the Dark Lord on his throne In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows...

Antipodean Writer: Lost stanzas to: The Song of Thorin

Antipodean Writer: Lost stanzas to: The Song of Thorin

Dec 15, 2016

The following are additional verses to the song sung by the Thorin and the dwarves in Bag End: using the same rhyme and metre recorded in the LOTR. Far over the misty mountains cold To dungeons deep and caverns old We must away ere break of day To seek those things our fathers hold. Our fathers lived in halls and caverns erst Devoured by flame, of fates the...

Antipodean Writer: Gandalf’s Fall

Antipodean Writer: Gandalf’s Fall

Nov 15, 2016

Gandalf – why speak not when you fell Into the deepest pits of hell Down countless fathoms, miles deep Among dark beasts that never sleep? Where waters quench all fires hot And nameless monsters lurk – long forgot – Reside there since the world was made Alone in sunless, airless shade. Where, under earth, you grappled death Hewing the balrog every breath...

Tolkien Tribute: Lost Stanzas to: Bilbo’s Song of Farewell

Tolkien Tribute: Lost Stanzas to: Bilbo’s Song of Farewell

Oct 15, 2016

The following are additional verses to the ‘Song of Farewell’ sung by the Bilbo Bagins in Rivendell: using the same rhyme and metre recorded in the LOTR. I sit beside the fire and think: Of dragons, dwarves and elves Of kingdoms of the days of yore How they governed themselves. How courage waxed in those born weak How others that were strong Failed...

Tolkien Tribute: Lost Stanzas from The March of the Ents

Tolkien Tribute: Lost Stanzas from The March of the Ents

Sep 15, 2016

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...