Another dwarf-themed Cats adaptation. Hrera, Jeri, Bomfur, Mizim, Haban, Gimizh, Barur Stonebelly and the Crystaltongue belong to determamfidd.
(This wasn’t meant to be a series, but I fell over and wrote this.)
The Naming of Dwarves is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a wizard
When I tell you, a dwarf may have three different names.
First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily,
Such as Thorin, or Dwalin, or Borin or Dáin,
Such as Hrera or Jeri, Bomfur or Dís–
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the siring dwarves, some for the dams:
Such as Mizim, or Haban, Gimli, Gimizh–
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a dwarf needs a name that’s particular,
A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can they keep up their beard and their braidings,
Or spread out their inkings, or cherish their pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Ironfoot, Stonehelm, or Oakenshield,
Such as Barur Stonebelly, or else Crystaltongue–
Names that never belong to more than one dwarf.
But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no mortal research can discover–
But the dwarf themself knows, and will seldom confess.
When you notice a dwarf in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
Their mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of their name.