12 November 2011

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 135: Gléowine

Gléowine (‘Joy-lover’) was the royal minstrel of King Théoden. Following the War of the Ring, he composed his final song about Théoden and his death during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, of which only the final stanza remains:

Out of doubt, out of dark, to the day's rising
he rode singing in the sun, sword unsheathing.
Hope he rekindled, and in hope he ended;
over death, over dread, over doom lifted
out of loss, out of life, unto long glory.

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