Tolkien Tribute w/ a nod to P. Jackson: DUET

 Merry to Pippin You are a menace, Pippin Took,the way that mischief follows you,as impulse prompts the things you do–Sometimes you’re begging to be shook!Oh, Pippin, you are such a lad!You’re never meaning to be bad,You’re into every niche and nookwithout a thought of what comes nextand when it does, you’re so perplexed!You can’t not …

Tolkien Tribute: Suddenly, You

In the shadowof the forestlost,and hiding,runningfrom the echoinganguish.chaosclashingof armies embattledbesieging my mind…suddenly–sunderedall of it…! O Nightingale!You–singing,dancing in the gladein gladnessdraw mefrom war’s clamour,it’s darknessit’s despair…The whole of my worldthey werebut suddenly–Youare there! Dancing like down,upon the air,upon the melodyof the Nightingale,in moonlight–casting shadow out,making roomin my heartto hold the wonderthe mysterythe  magicof your music,of your danceandYou.All …

Tolkien Tribute: Erebor

Born of fire, the Mountain rose, alone amid the plain,and stood there steaming for an age, cooling in the rainthat fell and gathered in stream and pool and marshes, fen and pond until a lake lay at its feet, and stretched over the lands beyond. Came a hearty race of wandering folk that sheltered there …

Tolkien Tribute again: The Duel

Two persons met on a narrow trail, one short, one tall, and neither frail.The wizard flourished his magic staff–“Now, let me by and don’t be daft!”The hobbit stood firm, he was no fool–and that was the start of their magic duel. I bend my back to look up at you, in your great tall hat …

Tolkien Tribute: Beren and Luthien

Beren and Luthien were a mortal Man and the daughter of an undying Elf and a Maia. They were bound together by love, and together, they fought the great Evil of Middle-earth, and won, though at great cost. Finally, Luthien, also called by Beren, Tinuviel–the Nightingale–chose to remain with him and live a mortal life. …

Tolkien Tribute: The Waking

Dark, dark the rich earth where our roots sink deep.Gloomy, the air where we reach towards the sky.Long, long the years we have stood here asleep;Diminished, our peace as the ages passed by.But now we awaken to realize the creepof tendrils of smoke, drifting bitter and dry:Our borders are breached and our enemies walkUnder the …

another Tolkien Tribute: The Courting of Goldberry

The Courting of Goldberry There–! Among the reeds I see you! Part of the River, part of the land… I hear your laughter and your singing… I offer you my strong brown hand: Come with me. fair Lady springing from the heart of the River– Come live on the land! Come sing with me, and …

Tolkien Tribute: Eru’s Gifts

In the cosmology created by Tolkien, there was first Eru, who created a great Music which manifested as the Universe. The Song included strains and themes that manifested as the Powers, and Eru made them the lords of Arda, tasked with preparing the world for Eru’s First Born.One of the Powers, however, in his eagerness …

Tolkien Tribute: The Ranger

JRR Tolkien, in creating the full and profoundly-envisioned Middle Earth  gave some of us an entire world  to explore and adopt for visions of our own. He hinted and suggested at so much he didn’t ever get around to writing, showing us doorways but not going through them. He expressed it in letters, in fact, the hope that …

Tolkien Tribute: Reflection

This is another of my Tolkien-inspired poems, this one reflecting on Frodo after his return from the Ring journey. I see myself reflected in the mirror every day, the very one I looked in before the time I went away. What is this face, this one I see? It looks to be the same old …