Songs of Valinor
By Meir Brin

Author's Note: I do not own The Silmarillion, or any of J.R.R. Tolkien's marvelous works. This is not based upon the poem in The Tolkien Reader', The Last Ship, though a connection would certainly make sense. The name Firiel' is only used because it literally means mortal woman.

Addendum: The Song of Firiel is the 2003 Mithril Award winner for Best Fiction by a Young Author!


The Song of Firiel

I long to wander Elfinesse,
The land across the sea
Beyond the fallen Numenor
My heart forever flees.

To see the shining lamp-lit quays,
The halls of glistening pearl
On Eressea, at Alqualonde,
where the swan-ships' sails unfurl.

Or descend the steps of Tirion,
On Tuna's broadest slopes
The blood-stained land of Noldorin
Where fell their crystal hopes.

Then perhaps to Ezellohar,
I'd come in gentle rain,
To mourn the past of faded light
That will ne'r be seen again.

Could then I see Taniquetil,
Ever-white the fair,
Where Aratar, mightiest lords
Live high above the air.

Then running swiftly I would go,
To the halls of timeless kings,
In Mandos' realm to see the lords,
About whom the bards do sing.

Alas my heart, so far away,
Do the Eldar ever dwell,
Could I ever wander far enough,
To hear the toll of Valmar's bells?

Upon the shore, so far away,
I linger evermore,
What ship could take poor Firiel,
To the land of Valinor?