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Lullaby for Elanor
Frodo sings to Sam's first child
Category: Drama
Date: 2003-05-06

 

"Well, Sam," said Frodo, "what's wrong with the old customs? Choose a flower-name like Rose..."

"I suppose you're right, Mr. Frodo," said Sam. "...But if it's to be a flower-name... it must be a beautiful flower, because, you see, I think she is very beautiful and is going to be beautifuller still."                                    
                                                                                   (
JRR Tolkien: from the Lord of the Rings "The Grey Havens")

She became known as "the Fair" because of her great beauty; many said that she looked more like an elf-maid than a hobbit.
                                                                                                 (JRR Tolkien: from the Lord of the Rings appendices)

 

On the day that you were born
Your father came to me
His eyes alight with wonder at the gift and mystery
He asked me for a name that showed how beautiful you'd be
So I named you for the fairest flower I knew.
Sweet golden Elven flower - that is you.

And you have the light of the Lady in your eyes
Your golden hair and gentle smile will help him realize
That though I may be far away 'cross misty Sea and skies
Our story still goes ever on and on.
		
Your father was my gardener
And he tended to the land
He coaxed his seeds from fertile soil with practiced, patient hand
Yet he left his home without complaint, by my side to stand
When I bore the burden dark I never knew
That your father's heart would be forever true.

And you have the light of the Lady in your eyes
Your golden hair and gentle smile will help him realize
That though I may be far away 'cross misty Sea and skies
Our story still goes ever on and on.

We journeyed through a shadowland
Of pain and bitter tears
My burden ever heavier, I toiled with dark and fear
But when my mind and heart grew cold your father held me near
His spirit gave me blessÚd hope anew
He lent me his soul to see me through

And you have the light of the Lady in your eyes
Your golden hair and gentle smile will help him realize
That though I may be far away 'cross misty Sea and skies
Our story still goes ever on and on.

And now I hold you in my arms
My best friend's first-born child
And sing a song of hope to you and watch you as you smile
And though you won't remember me, you've made it all worthwhile
For I know that you will understand what's true
When your father tells our story to you

And you have the light of the Lady in your eyes
Your golden hair and gentle smile has helped me realize
That though I may be far away 'cross misty Sea and skies
Our story still goes ever on and on.

 

 

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