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  • Vignette #1: The Widow

    _In honor of the Beornings’ clear literary ancestry in *Beowulf*, some Anglo-Saxon-style verse seemed proper. Also, let me kvetch for a moment about how Obsidian Portal won't let me insert a caesura between the two hemistichs of each line; you'll have to …

  • Vignette #2: Bowen

    _I’ve no desire to put words in anyone’s mouth, but this strikes me as the kind of thing Master Lightbody might have made up on the road to Fornost. I am sure my inspiration here is clear to fans of *The Lord of the Rings*._ Sing hey! for the cheese …

  • Vignette #3: Duinhir

    _More a character sketch than a narration, but what interests me about Duinhir is his reserve, as deep in some ways as The Widow’s. Once again, my poetic inspiration may be obvious to Tolkien fans._ Sharp blade, green cloak, And companions three, …

  • Vignette #4: Alaglîr

    _I'm back to good old-fashioned medieval octosyllabic verse, Tolkien's favorite poetic form._ As silent as the breeze upon The laden boughs in Autumn-tide, Alaglîr crept, Brêglath his bow And quivered arrows at his side. The Wood-elf’s shot flew …

  • Vignette #5: Alaglîr’s Lament

    _It's just not Tolkien unless someone is singing, usually at length. Jameson put the idea into my head of writing some verse that Alaglîr himself might have sung as he journeyed to Amon Tira (you know, when he Eye-of-Sauroned yet another Travel role and …