The Ranger and the Forester

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  1. Tarlonniel

    Tarlonniel New Member

    Being a Record in Verse of a Meeting between Aragorn and Tom Bombadil which Took Place in the late Third Age of Middle Earth

    Along the Withywindle's banks,
    Through the reeds and flowers,​
    While the sunlight softly sifted
    Into leafy bowers,​
    The ranger and the forester
    Walked and talked for hours.​

    The ranger spoke of ancient kings
    Who claimed the gods had lied;​
    Of mortal and immortal folk
    Who lived and fought and died​
    In hopeless wars in drowned lands,
    Destroyed by lust and pride.​

    A burden he bore in his blood,
    Passed down from days of yore,​
    To rule the lands, if rule he could
    Win back for Men once more,​
    And be a better king than those
    Who lived and died before.​

    The forester, he sang of days
    Of dancing high and low​
    As a new sun with each new dawn
    Set the whole world aglow​
    And under trees and under sky
    New life began to grow.​

    Then new lives crowded after new,
    All things changing faster,​
    And Bombadil was greeting them
    With delighted laughter,​
    But all the lives were all their own
    Though old Tom was Master.​

    "O, merry is Tom Bombadil!"
    The ranger smiled and said,​
    "More so than any Man of old
    With crown upon his head.​
    Let us trade lands, and you be king,
    And I Master instead!"​

    "Nay, nay," laughed Tom, "although the gift
    Is such a kingly one!​
    Old Tom's not fit to sit on thrones
    And say what's to be done;​
    He has no care for rules or realms
    Or if great wars are won.​

    Tom bears no burdens but his own
    And his reward you see -​
    A place to sing his merry songs
    And to love Goldberry.​
    But your reward, ah, who can tell?
    It is high mystery."​

    Along the Withywindle's banks
    As waning daylight fled​
    And all the evening stars commenced
    To dancing overhead,​
    The ranger and the forester
    Wandered back home to bed.​

    Thanks to J. R. R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, all you crazy Discord folks and, especially, SignumU!
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  2. Sparrow

    Sparrow Hestia of the Hearth

    I am head over heels! thanks for posting this :)

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