Poetry of J.R.R. Tolkien

Discussions about the Professor's poetic verses from Middle-earth
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Postby marbretherese » Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:59 pm

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"Torment in the dark was the danger that I feared, and it did not hold me back.
But I would not have come, had I known the danger of light and joy."


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Postby Iolanthe » Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:20 pm

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Now let the song begin! Let us sing together
Of sun, stars, moon and mist, rain and cloudy weather...

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Postby marbretherese » Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:35 am

It's fabulous, isn't it? I particularly like "a rumour of a harbour guessed by faith" - the imagery in those four lines is powerful yet also so subtle.
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Postby Merry » Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:32 pm

If I'm reading this correctly, 'wraith' is used here differently. I had gotten used to the word having an evil connotation, but here it seems to mean the same thing as 'rumour', something we're not sure is entirely real.
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Sing and be glad, all ye children of the West,
for your King shall come again,
and he shall dwell among you
all the days of your life.

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Postby Iolanthe » Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:12 pm

Good old Gilliver et. al. have wraith as 'an apparition or spectre' in the Ring of Words. So it doesn't have to be something evil (like the Ringwraithes) but something that seems insubstantial and spectre like. I think this is the same meaning Tolkien is going for here.
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