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...

Poems of the Pine: Snows of Wildermore

Barred from heading west, we head into the mountains instead. Book 10 – Snows of Wildermore Banished from the West And barred from crossing The Silver Waters Of Snowbourn River, We continued our fight Against foes of the Mark Till we found the harp Of Horn’s mentor.   Then word reached us Of Wildermore’s plight Where winter and cold Kept a firm hold....

Poems of the Pine: The Third Marshal

Our chase finally comes to a conclusion. Book 9 – The Third Marshal The Third Marshal Thoroughly slew The orcs who held Our hobbit friends. He saw no sign To salve our fears So we visited the site Where he vanquished the orcs.   Our friends did flee Into Fangorn deep Where the hobbits were housed By huorns and ents. With them out of reach To Éomer we...

Poems of the Pine: Into the Riddermark

We head west to look for the remains of the fellowship. Book 8 – Into the Riddermark Lawless brigands Burnt Langhold down Forcing its citizens To find a new home. For helping the homeless A horse we received So we started our chase On a steed of war.   We went to the west Where wasters roamed And camped outside Of Cliving’s walls. Yet further our...

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...

Poems of the Pine: A Fellowship Endangered

We heard that the fellowship is in danger. Can we find them and give them aid? Book 7 – A Fellowship Endangered We peeked into a mirror And peril we found – We must follow the fellowship And their fate discern. On a boat we rode Down the river’s course Into lands where live The Lords of Horses.   I was joined by three On the journey south: Nona the...

Poems of the Pine: The Dragon of Midnight

We take a break from the epic story this week and take a look at a battle against a mighty dragon. The Dragon of Midnight Where the tide tumbles Into towering cliffs A stark and stony Stronghold lies. In its darkest depths A dragon did sleep Till a wanderer woke The worm of night.   The unthinking thief Took three dark gems That mirrored the moonless...

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...

Poems of the Pine: Mists of Anduin

A dream draws us across the mountains. Book 6 – Mists of Anduin When the battle was done Our dreams were haunted By memories, terrors, And mysterious visions. As we slept a summons Set our next road Across mountains Of misty peaks.   We gathered the Ghost Who gained the sword And crossed the peaks To the pristine woods. They sent us to find The...

Poems of the Pine: The Prince of Rohan

We bid farewell to the Grey Company and follow the Prince of Rohan. Book 5 – The Prince of Rohan We bade farewell To the band in grey To follow the Riders Of Rohan south. Their prince planned A piercing strike At the orcs awaiting In Orthanc’s depths.   But a trap was set To trick the Mark Into striking a keep Too strong to take. An army of orcs From...

Poems of the Pine: Rise of Isengard

Will our journey through Dunland be safer than as our journey through Enedwaith. Book 4 – Rise of Isengard Deep into Dunland We dared not go Till friends we found In the Falcon Clan. We helped them prepare For the perils of war Then learned the lay Of the lands nearby.   The Falcon feigned The friendship it showed And suddenly sold Us to Saruman’s...

Poems of the Pine: Echoes of the Dead

Is it possible to deal with the dead? Book 3 – Echoes of the Dead The distant dwarf That dwelt in the comb Recalled the curse On cowardly men That refused to follow Their fervent vows To aid Gondor Against the dark.   As the rangers recalled The ruinous times We received some letters That led us astray. We followed the leads Which faltered our steps...

Poems of the Pine: Ride of the Grey Company

It’s time for us to journey south. Will our journey go smoothly? Book 2 – Ride of the Grey Company The Company in Grey Gathered to journey South to the forges Of fallen Hollin. There a dwarf did make Duplicate rings To confuse the foe Of the company’s goal.   The first friend They found in Dunland Was Wadu who wielded A weapon of old. But it...

Poems of the Pine: Oath of the Rangers

We start out Volume 3 with a letter from Elrond. Book 1 – Oath of the Rangers We learned of a letter From Lorien Gold That arrived in the valley Of Rivendell fair. To Rohan the rangers Must reach in time To aid their chief In the challenges ahead.   They sent us to search The several lands Of Eriador to find The friends of the west. We cleared the...

Poems of the Pine: The Mines of Moria

With volume 2 of the epic story complete, I have created a PDF that includes the first two volumes in a single document. This is pretty much the same poem that appeared in installments the last few months, though I did perform some editing sand add an epilogue. You can download the text here. The epilogue reads: We returned the axe To the treasury old To cure...

Poems of the Pine: Fortress of the Nazgûl

We cross the river and head into Mirkwood. Book 9 – Fortress of the Nazgûl We alighted from our boat At the landing in Mirkwood Where shadow did send Shivers down our back. Our charge was to take The churlish Mazog Into the deepest woods To Dol Guldor.   We slogged through a swamp Sickened with death Where light did lure Our leader to the West. Then...

Poems of the Pine: Scourge of Khazad-dûm

May we finally leave Moria? Book 8 – Scourge of Khazad-dûm We have the head Of the horde of orcs That foul the caves Of Khazad-dûm. But we cannot leave These cruel dens Till we break the relics That blight these halls.   The first we found In foulest dens Where merrovail marred The mirrors of old. We changed their courses And cleaned their sheets To...

Poems of the Pine: The Leaves of Lórien

We have returned to the Golden Wood. Will we be able to remain? Book 7 – The The Leaves of Lórien We left the mines And to Lórien returned To find the friends Of the fallen wizard. We hunted orcs That haunted the wood And leaned of the grief Of the Garrison of Iron.   They sent us back To the baleful dark Where we found a garden Fouled by the deep. A...

Poems of the Pine: The Shadowy Abyss

We seek some help from the Golden Wood. Book 6 – The Shadowy Abyss We reached the light And Lórien found Where a plea we gave For the Garrison Dwarves. After testing our worth They told us they sent A team of elves Into the terrible dark.   They started their study In the stony foundation Where nameless and nasty Nightmares did dwell. For the Lóreien...

Poems of the Pine: Help from Lórien

Please note: The following post was an April Fool’s joke and is not real. Will the elves be able to provide the dwarves with any help? Book 6 – Help from Lórien We reached the light And Lórien found Where a plea we gave For the Garrison Dwarves. As time did pass They tested our worth Then chose to send A sylvan host. In force they came And cleared the...