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Melville

Some distant shore

whereon no Argonaut trod,

s i l h o u e t t e d

the rotting hulk,

broken-boned on the beach

bleached by Ages benign indifference,

discarded amongst vicissitudes of time

a memento of heroes

long since forgotten,

their wraith’s lament

b e w a i l i n g

the whaling ship,

w r e c k e d

ancient timbers

cursed by the inscription

” A h a b “

Lord of the Rings ( Part 6 )

A time of breaking apart and meetings,
a time for farewells and greetings;
Boromir dead and the fellowship scattered,
Frodo and Sam gone to Mordor
with the only thing that mattered;
On the trail to rescue Pippin and Merry whom the Orcs had taken,
Strider,Gimli and Legolas wouldn’t leave them forsaken;
By Fangorn forest Eomir had the Orcs slain and spoke with the three to swap tales,
In Mordor the brave two’s journey was hampered by gales;
They met Smeagol who said he’d lead them to Mordor’s gates,
whilst Pippin and Merry learned from Treebeard of others’fates;
Strider,Gimli and Legolas much to their surprise,
encountered a stranger who opened their eyes;
revealed as one who would set things aright,
none other than Gandalf the White!

Lord of the Rings ( Part 4 )

    The Fellowship strove on towards the Red Horn Gate
    from thence eastwards and to their fate ,
    packs of Wargs and the blinding snow
    forced the Company another way to go ,
    Into the Mines of Moria down deep
    thro’ the dark with stairs to climb,chasms to leap ;
    Finding Balin’s tomb and the books written there
    they felt a strange menace in the air ,
    evidence of Orcs and fouler things
    had ruined once great halls of former Kings ;
    Alerted by Pippin’s playful casting of a stone
    the Company knew they were not alone ,
    out of the dark Orcs charged forth in hordes
    confronted by Aragorn and Boromir’s drawn swords ,
    Gandalf cast one last spell to little avail
    giving the others time to head for Dimrill Dale ,
    at the Bridge at Khazad-dum one last foe appeared
    drawn from darkness it was The Balrog they’d feared ;
    Gandalf fought the terror but at a cost
    saving his Companions ,the Wizard himself
    with Balrog was lost.

 

Lord of the Rings ( Part 3 )

The company then pressed on
to Elrond’s home ,
a journey fraught with danger
thro’ forests they did roam ;
Glorfindel came with news that
Ringwraiths were on their trail ,
that Frodo must hasten to
Bruinen without fail ;
Caught by sudden tumult and flood
the Ringwraiths failed to spill Frodo’s blood ;
Awakening after many days
Frodo’s healing did amaze ,
his companions one and all
before the Council in the Great Hall ;
Gimli ,Legolas and Boromir sought
answers to questions and dreams,
once Frodo let them see the Ring
they learned of great plans and schemes .

( To be continued.)
(See Parts 1 & 2 in this archive )

Lord of the Rings ( Part 2 )

Then on to Bree

there to encounter a stranger ,

who knew of their quest

and warned them of the danger .

Ensconsed at the ” Prancing Pony ”

with a once and future King ,

the company made plans for their journey

to get to Rivendell with the Ring.

Rumours of the Black Riders

and a growing menace with out ,

hastened their departure

and rid them of doubt.

On to Rivendell by way of Weathertop

Hobbits learned from Strider about the past ,

and whilst they made shelter

Ringwraiths came upon them fast.

They inflicted on the Ring-bearer a mortal wound

whilst fire and sword put them to flight ,

the company was forced to press on regardless

even as Frodo sank into twilight.

Footnote :You may wish to see also ” Lord of the Rings ( Part 1 ) “.

Lord of the Rings ( Part I )

Long years ago in a country

far far away begins the story ,

of Hobbits , Elves, Dwarves and Men

and their quest for the power and glory .

 

In their sleepy abodes

Half-ling folk were stirred ,

when out of legend from the East

came forth a troubling word.

 

As rumours spread abroad

of the Ring once lost by its Lord ,

the tranquil airs of the Shire were broken

when they realised what was sought was no mere token .

 

The lidless eye again made keen

the four-fingered hand ever stretching ,

to seize hold of that which Sauron

commanded Wraiths to thereof do the fetching .

 

Days waiting in the Shire drew to a close

with Gandalf gone South and Bilbo long since departed ,

Frodo set forth on an adventure

not for the faint hearted .

 

( To Be Continued )

 

 

 

Melville ( Re-booted 22 /11 /2017 )

Some distant shore

whereon no Argonaut trod,

s i l h o u e t t e d

the rotting hulk,

broken-boned on the beach

bleached by Ages benign indifference,

discarded amongst vicissitudes of time

a memento of heroes

long since forgotten,

their wraith’s lament

b e w a i l i n g

the whaling ship,

w r e c k e d

ancient timbers

cursed by the inscription

” A h a b ”

(Louis Kasatkin has asserted his Right under the Copyright,Designs&Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work)