hhimring (hhimring) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

Poetry Challenge - Ballad, Doggerel, Lay: "A Poet's Fate", by Himring

Title: A Poet's Fate
Author: Himring
Characters: Dirhavel (author of the Lay of the Children of Hurin)
Rating: PG
Warnings: hints at the canonical content of the Lay
Book/Source: Unfinished Tales, Lays of Beleriand
Disclaimer: Tolkien wrote the Lay and attributed it to Dirhavel.

When Dirhavel first heard the Ballad of the Dragon Slayer, he was struck speechless for a day. The second time he heard it, he wept bitter tears. It was only when he grew up and was taught the elvish tongues and the craft of verse-making that he realized the song that had moved him so was mere doggerel and he became determined to compose a lay truly worthy of his hero.

His listeners prized Dirhavel’s art highly—but to Dirhavel it seemed that, however he strove, he could never evoke that pity and terror he remembered feeling as a child.

A/N: The ballad is my own invention, but that Dirhavel (or Dirhaval, as he is called in HoME) collected a number of traditions about Turin and his family as sources for his Lay is canonical.
Tags: author: himring, challenge: poetry: ballad, challenge: poetry: doggerel, challenge: poetry: lay, character: men, character: other canon character
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