Challenge: Old English Writings - Elegy
Author: Erulisse (one L)
Characters/Pairing: Fëanáro, Maglor
Book/Source: The Silmarillion
Disclaimer: Tolkien built the sandbox, I only play with the bucket and shovel that he left for me. No money, profit or non, is made from the publication of this story.
Song of Grief
To assuage his grief, Fëanáro composed a poem, later titled "Elegy for Míriel Serindë".
“Memory consists of golden strands,
Interwoven and often touching.
Combining they make a quilt of warmth.
A shield against my solitude.
You left, creating open wounds.
Your growth foreshortened, its fabric shredded.
A darkling path you now walk alone.
Only in my dreams do we touch.” *
Maglor set the words to music in a far land. As death became more commonplace, the song poem was sung at burial and remembrance ceremonies.
The meaning of the original words has been lost, but the melody still expresses sorrow.
* Translated from the original Quenya.