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Sunday, November 11, 2012

"Aragorn's Victory Song".....

is a foray into Aragorn's thoughts as he leads his troops against the forces of Sauron before the Black Gates of Mordor so that Frodo can have a chance to destroy The One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom. If you are an LotR fan, no further explanation is necessary. If not, suffice to say, the gentleman in question is really up against it, outnumbered by a hoard of hideous beasts and risking total destruction. He's sticking his neck out in hopes of saving the world, even though he deeply longs for his girlfriend and is having a hard time coming to grips with the possibility of never seeing her again.

Aragorn’s Victory Song

I see a fire behind your eyes
That darkness cannot quell;
As ashes from the mountain rise,
You’ll storm the gates of Hell
Mornie Utulie, Horo!

The ancient lava from the earth
Is cool beside the flame
That burns within a faithful breast
And earns a man his fame
Mornie Utulie, Horo!

The Evening Star shines on my path,
Her voice rings in my ears,
Her kisses, gold, rest on my lips,
Her eyes are free from fear
Mornie Utulie, Horo!

These visions are my only guide
Through haunted, sleepless nights
When cold and hunger choke the soul
And swallow heaven’s light
Mornie Utulie, Horo!

I see the doors of Sauron’s hall
Open wide, like jaws;
They seek to grind the worth of man
And banish all our laws
Mornie Utulie, Horo!

The silver stroke of death is near,
And it may well claim me,
But He who calls the sun to rise
Will shape my destiny
Mornie Utulie, Horo!

The hall beyond these mortal bounds
Will open wide to me,
And there where light is never dimmed
I’ll spend eternity
Mornie Utulie, Horo!

To fight for love of all that lives
And challenge fickle fate
May prove to be our secret power
And triumph over hate
Mornie Utulie, Horo!

Let the howl of wolves be heard
And the clash of shattered shields;
We’ll show the world how gallant men
Can die but never yield!
Mornie Alantie, Horo!

 * "Mornie Utulie" means "darkness has come" in Elvish; "Mornie Alantie" means "darkness has fallen" in Elvish; "Horo" is a Gaelic word without any definite translation used as a refrain in many Irish and Scottish songs; here, it is used as a battle-cry, similar to "onward!"

Aragorn from Lord of the Rings


  1. Awesomeness. No other description suffices.

    And now, so I can get it out of my system..."I bid you STAND, Men of the West!"

    Okay. I'm good now.

  2. Wow...okay, so are you saying the poem is awesome, Aragorn is awesome, or LotR in general is awesome? Clarification of this enthusiastic endorsement would be nice, old chum! LOL!

  3. That would be all of the above. ;) Where'd you find this; I don't remember it from the movies or the books.

  4. A perfect way to feed the glowing fire of my fangirlism as it grows in expectation of the Hobbit. Very well done! And very true to Aragorn's character!

  5. Wow... and this is coming from somebody who doesn't even LIKE Lord of the Rings?!?! My friend, I can only imagine what you could do with the material in the books! : )
    My only suggestion would be telling us what the Elvish phrases mean - I looked it up, (except "Horo" - I haven't been able to find that one yet, but am guessing it means "Onward!" or something similar.) but people who aren't familiar with LOTR will probably be wondering whether it's Latin, or Greek, or some language they never heard of. : )
    I'm going to respond to your previous post about the election here too, since I haven't had a chance yet and the two subjects are actually related - in my opinion, anyway, one of the things that makes LOTR so powerful is how its can inspire us in situations today that are not so dissimilar. My response to the tragic election results is that we need to take Aragorn's attitude - we, at least, will be faithful to our calling, even if the world is against us. To take Frodo's words, "What comes after must come."
    The first two and last two stanzas are my favorites. I think you really succeeded in capturing one of the core themes of the story - being willing to die for what you believe in, to do what is right not matter what the cost, and always holding onto hope that in the end, God will triumph. I love it!


  6. Why, Emerald, I was almost certain you'd recognize this piece as an exerpt from one of Tolkien's newly located appendixes....;-)

    Come on, pal, after all the years we've known each other, don't you know my historically-charged style by now?!!! Surely, the echoes of "Men of Harlech", "The Soldier's Return", and "Scots Wha' Hae" in this piece made you suspect something, non? ;-) Thanks for the endorsement, anyway! LOL!

    Carolyn, I'm happy to have done my part to boost your fangirlism! Also, the fact that you think my poem is in keeping with Aragorn's character is most satisfying to me.

    Katherine, thank you for your kind compliments about my piece! Indeed, as someone who is not a "Ringer", I deeply appreciate your approval. I'll take your advice and post the rough translation of the Elvish/Gaelic bits I threw in for good measure!

    I agree with you that the story of Lord of the Rings is becoming more and more relatable as our own political environment continues to deteriorate. The fight is on; we cannot afford to surrender. We know we will win out in the end because there is a just and merciful God in Heaven.

    God Bless,

  7. Ooooooh-RAH!

    - Mack in Texas

  8. The appendices, you say? Hmm...well, it's easy to see how I could have missed that; those appendices are HUGE! And THICK!

    Truth be told, I thought the style did seem a bit like yours, but I wasn't sure at first.

  9. And, Mack in Texas, I wholeheartedly echo your cry at the top of my lungs! And then go charging headlong into a pile of Uruk-Hai waving a sword over my head!

  10. Well, dear Emerald, I will always relish the memory of when you called my poem awesome, even if you did believe it to be the work of some little-known Tolkien guru at the time....;-)

    Hmm...Sounds like you and Mack are about to do something that will make nice material for a new poem. I think I'll call it "The gallant but ill-fated charge of the Texas Poet and the Computer Designer"! Time to sharpen my quills....;-)

  11. Thanks for posting the translations, Pearl! Oh, so that explains why my searches for "Horo elvish translation" were fruitless! : ) Actually, I find it cool that "Horo" means onward, because one of the four or so Elvish words I happen to know is "Daro" which means "stop," or "halt." "Daro" and "horo" are very similar, so "horo" COULD be Elvish... who knows?

    Okay, so now you have kind of asked for it. : ) I am going to post a poem from "The Return of the King" the book. Don't worry, it's a short one. It's a lot like your poem: a song of hope. So I just can't help it. The scene in which it is set describes exactly the same way I've felt at times. Although I have never seen the movie, I have heard from friends how this scene was done... and I have never forgiven, and probably never will forgive, Peter Jackson for leaving this out.

  12. 'At last, weary and feeling finally defeated, he sat on a step below the level of the passage-floor and bowed his head into his hands. It was quiet, horribly quiet. The torch, that was already burning low when he arrived, sputtered and went out, and he felt the darkness cover him like a tide.
    'And then suddenly, to his own surprise, there at the vain end of his long journey and his grief, moved by what thought in his heart he could not tell, Sam began to sing.
    'His voice sounded thin and quavering in the cold dark tower: the voice of a forlorn and weary hobbit that no listening orc could possibly mistake for the clear song of an elven-lord. He murmured old childish tunes out of the Shire, and snatches of Mr. Bilbo's rhymes that came into his mind like fleeting glimpses of the country of his home. And then suddenly new strength rose in him, and his voice rang out, while words of his own came unbidden to fit the simple tune.

    '"In western lands beneath the Sun
    the flowers may rise in Spring,
    The trees may bud, the waters run,
    the merry finches sing.
    Or there maybe 'tis cloudless night
    and swaying beeches bear
    The Elven-stars as jewels white
    amid their branching hair.

    'Though here at journey's end I lie
    in darkness buried deep,
    Beyond all towers strong and high,
    beyond all mountains steep;
    Above all shadows rides the Sun,
    and Stars forever dwell:
    I will not say the Day is done,
    nor bid the Stars farewell."'

    Is that inspiring or what? Above all shadows rides the Son of God, too! That's my reply to the election results!
    Take care, keep up the excellent posts, and I hope to talk to you soon!

    - Katherine

  13. Nice poem! Maybe there's hope for you yet, Pearl ;-) You're gradually making progress. But I agree with Katherine - reading the books is like diving into a bottomless well of inspiration. The books are the true version of the story anyway (in which Arwen is kept in her proper place - I won't EVER forgive Peter Jackson for giving one of Frodo's best scenes to her). Katherine's excerpt is a testimony to their sheer beauty - I absolutely LOVE that part, so I'm thankful she posted it. I'll close with another favorite passage from "The Return of the King."

    "There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for awhile. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty forever beyond its reach.”

    That's another one of my responses to the election results.

    - Ellen