Characters/Pairing: Ori, Balin, Óin
Book/Source: The Fellowship of the Ring
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Tolkien. No profit reaped by myself, aside from a wealth of intellectual giddiness.
Summary: Ori’s scribblings in the Book of Mazarbul as doom closes in. Answering the prompt “Poem.”
Six days entombed in Mazarbul
Does Balin son of Fundin lie;
Did him a crown the waters show
Before the arrow dimmed his eye?
This Mirrormere alone must know.
Interred three days in Gate-stream pool
Is Óin; who for our sakes did dare,
Foretelling that the Bridge should fail,
To challenge grim the Watcher there;
And who shall live to tell the tale?
History mustn’t begrudge Ori his doomed poetics. We three were overconfident–we have led our folk to this pass. No wizards or eagles or burglars this time. We are cornered on high. We cannot get out…
______Endnote: The assumption here is that Ori doubted whether the Book of Mazarbul would survive the Orc invasion any more than he himself would. These words were written with some of the damaged pages that Gandalf could not read in mind, except the last sentence, which I presume to have occurred after a turn of the page and which is verbatim from Fellowship of the Ring.