Finrod Felagund vs Sauron


  • He chanted a song of wizardry,
      Of piercing, opening, of treachery,
      Revealing, uncovering, betraying.
      Then sudden Felagund there swaying
      sang in answer a song of staying,
      Resisting, battling against power,
      Of secrets kept, strength like a tower,
      And trust unbroken, freedom, escape;
      Of changing and of shifting shape,
      Of snares eluded, broken traps,
      The prison opening, the chain that snaps,
      Backwards and forwards swayed their song.
      Reeling and foundering, as ever more strong
      The chanting swelled, Felagund fought,
      And all the magic and might he brought,
      Of Elvenesse into his words.
      Softly in the gloom they heard the birds
      Singing afar in Nargothrond,
      The sighing of the sea beyond,
      Beyond the western world, on sand,
      On sand of pearls in Elvenland.
      Then the gloom gathered; darkness growing
      In Valinor, the red blood flowing
      Beside the sea, where the Noldor slew
      The Foamriders, and stealing drew
      Their white ships with their white sails
      From lamplit havens. The wind wails,
      The wolf howls. The ravens flee.
      The ice mutters in the mouths of the sea.
      The captives sad in Angband mourn,
      Thunder rumbles, the fires burn-
      And Finrod fell before the throne.