The Fall of Fingolfin – the great pain

by Jul 5, 2002Poetry

All Elves aged enough,
remember the night of pain and anguish,
that Morgoth unleashed his unholy armies, the Father of Dragons and his Balrogs,
upon the lands of Beleriand.
Dagor Bragollach, the Battle of Sudden Flame it was called.
The apparent ruin of the Noldor in that battle,
brought forth the greatest fury imagineable,
to the most valiant Elf-King of Old.
Fingolfin, brother of Feanor,
mounted Rochallor and rode,
rode like a swift current in the whistling wind,
none dared to stand in his way,
for the old light of the Valar burned within his eyes.

And so he came,
to the Gates of Angband,
in his great fury blew his horn and smote the iron-bound Gates.
Morgoth came forth from his dark throne,
unable to deny the challenge of Fingolfin.
Elf drew Ringil, Dark Lord drew Grond.
Great Elf-Lord struck Melkor seven times,
seven times there was heard throughout the land the deathly wail of Melkor’s pain.
Those who looked upon that battle
saw a black cloud fighting the brightest star,
it looked as if god’s were battling and it did not seem fit for middle-earth.
Thrice Fingolfin was brought to his knees by Melkor’s great dark shield,
thrice he stood again,
alas!even the greatest tire,
and by Grond’s smotes upon the earth,
Fingolfin fell on his back before Melkor’s feet,
there he was overcome by Melkor’s left foot upon his throat.
With his dieing strength,
and the last swipe of Ringil he hew the black foot of Morgoth.
Black smoke and liquid covered the pits of Grond.

Thus ended Fingolfin, eldest of Feanors brothers.
High-King of the Noldor,
last to remember the light of Valinor.
None of Morgoth’s generals boasted of his victory,
for he always went with a limp and never healed from his wounds.
Elves made no song, for the grief of theire lost king
was too great to fathome or to form into words.
But, those that saw, they will never forget the light and fire that was in his eyes,
although it was no longer there
after Thorondor, King of the Eagles retrieved the body from Morgoth
and marred the Dark Lords face with his great talons.

The Elves pain and anguish will never diminish,
when they attempt to remember
their lost King’s anger and valour
towards theire mightiest foe, Morgoth, Melkor that was.


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