The Book of Na'Lon

or rather, Inane Ramblings of an Expatriot

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A Dwarf's Heart
mesmall
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With some trepidation, I have decided to post this here.
pellegrina may already know this, because she is often 'forced' by me to read my literary ramblings. I even sent her my Borribles story, which I am quite proud of but very, very self-conscious about. [How you getting on with that, Pellegrina? Quiver, wibble...]


"She looked upon Gimli, who sat glowering and sad, and she smiled. And the Dwarf, hearing the names given in his own ancient tongue, looked up and met her eyes; and it seemed to him that he looked suddenly into the heart of an enemy and saw there love and understanding. Wonder came into his face, and then he smiled in answer."
-- J.R.R. Tolkien

No one could leave this land unchanged, I knew,
yet thought that righteous anger could prevent
the Elven Forest's magic taking hold
of mind and soul to move my Dwarven heart.
The Elves' dislike and distrust rivalled mine,
and scorned and blindfold I was led inside
the ancient Elven city's roof-less vault.
So found myself, in pointless grievance' thrall,
in company of most unlikely friends
to face the Masters of the Woodland realm
and knew they could not touch my Dwarven heart.
The Lord's impetuous words like bellow's blasts
upon my wrath - as if I did not bear
far greater grief and loss than he could know Ð
cool silver Elf, as iron cast in mould:
so brittle and unyielding were his words,
and never would have reached my Dwarven heart.
But then the Lady spoke and met my eyes:
as candle-flame bursts darkness of a mine
I saw her golden beauty, heard her voice
of ringing bells and knew she understood.
No one has ever left this land unchanged,
and change comes at a price we cannot name:
for good or ill - who knows? - I have been touched
and to the Lady lost my Dwarven heart.

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That's really good :-)

Not had much time for the Borrible story yet I fear - I haven't actually finished a book at all this year yet :-(

Oh no! That's not good. You been very busy?

I have. Not making much headway with reading, either.

Term's started again, the new Japanese teacher assigns twice as much homework, LJ is a new toy, and the lecture is looming in April but I still haven't done a stroke of work on that... I basically read on the train to/from Euston (as you know, not a long journey), and as often as not I am chatting to my front-carriage friends in the morning.

I like this very much indeed. It has a good scheme and feels like something one of the Preraphaelites could have written. It doesn't just expand on the quotation, but achieves a literary integrity of its own while still attending to its roots in the Professor. Careful and fluent.

The only query I have is with "grievance' thrall" - it would normally be "grievance's thrall" but this would disrupt the rhythm. Perhaps it could be presented as a compound noun - "grievance-thrall" - or would that be too clumsy?

You're really very good at this, Parrot Knight. You are concise and incisive. Editing obviously suits you!

"to pointless grievance thrall" perhaps? I know you technically have to be "enthralled to" things, but "thrall to" would sound acceptable to me.

for all the comments and suggestions. Am thinking about the way in which to handle the 'grievance' line. Like Penny's idea on that, but am still mulling it over. :-)

I like this a lot too. I love things that chime perfectly with canon.

I do, too, but occasionally, I also love engaging in a bit of LaotRing or similar.

My favourite form of fanfic is probably writing about my own characters in a borrowed universe with the occasional bit of overlap with canon characters.

Oh, this is lovely. I particularly like the way Gimli thinks naturally in the imagery of his own people: bellow's blasts, golden beauty, ringing bells, as candle-flame bursts darkness of a mine, and of course:

cool silver Elf, as iron cast in mould:
so brittle and unyielding

Well, dear twin, unsurprisingly you seem to have picked out some of the bits that I was particularly chuffed with when I wrote this. ;-)

I am glad you liked that.

Superb -- nothing to add to previous comments. Have you more like this for us to see?

Unfortunately, I don't have that many poems like this one: this was my first foray into writing serious LotR poetry. I tend to write prose for the most part, and most of what I have been writing of late is fiction based on a suspended long-running roleplaying campaign.

But as and when inspiration strikes and I write more poetry, I'll post up more.

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