Title: Loyalty

Author: Calenlass Greenleaf

Disclaimer: The Lord of the Rings belongs to Tolkien.

Spoilers: Spoilers for both the books and movies.

Rating: G or K

Pairings: None.

Summary: Written for the OAA prompt "Loyalty." Poem about what formed the foundation of the Fellowship. No specific characters.


Loyalty

Loyalty cannot be bought,

Stolen,

Or asked for.

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It does not come as a gift;

A price must be paid,

Or earned.

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Loyalty is not easy to come by.

Many false friends exist,

Various backstabbers lurk,

Promises will be broken,

Oaths are forgotten,

And betrayals are eminent.

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If the bond is true,

Faithful,

And withholding,

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The great deed will be done.

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The Fellowship was such.

A group of nine,

So different,

Yet so alike.

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For the fate of Middle-Earth was in their hands,

The hands of four halflings,

Two Men,

One Elf,

One Dwarf,

And one Wizard.

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They have been bound together,

Called,

And chosen for this one purpose.

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In the face of temptation,

Fear,

Hostility,

That sense of duty endured,

Even to the death of two.

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Their sense of loyalty carried them far,

Until the Ring was destroyed,

The peace restored,

And one was crowned king.

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Not only duty, though.

It was something more,

Something far greater than obligation.

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It was loyalty,

Loyalty that would last forever.

The End