Special Sub-Topic: "The Return of The King" in Song
|While explaining The Paths of The Dead to Gimli, Aragorn quotes this verse: "Over the land there lies a long shadow, / westward reaching wings of darkness. / The Tower trembles; to the tombs of kings / doom approaches." What was the name of the seer who first spoke these words?|
Malbeth. Malbeth was a seer during the reign of Arvedui, the last king of Fornost. Mardil was the steward to Earnur, a king of Gondor. Anarion was the brother of Isildur, last king of Gondor.
|After the battle of the Pelennor fields, a certain horse was buried near the wall, and the following verse was raised over him. Fill in the blank: "Faithful servant yet master's bane, / Lightfoot's foal, swift..."|
Snowmane. Snowmane was the horse of King Theoden. During the battle, Snowmane was shot, causing him to fall over on his side and pin the king beneath him. Theoden died underneath the horse, hence "master's bane".
|Name the place extolled in this verse: "..The white lilies sway, and the golden bells are shaken of mallos and alfirin; In the green fields of...."?|
Lebennin. Lebennin was a beautiful land in Gondor, which was laid waste during the War Of The Ring.
All of the other places named here are also beautiful: Lothlorien, of course, is the home of Galadriel and Celeborn; Imladris is another name for Rivendell, the home of Elrond; and Eressea is Elvenhome, the place across the sea where the elves sail when they grow tired of Middle-Earth.
|Who sang this song of hope within despair? "Though here at journey's end I lie / in darkness buried deep / Beyond all towers strong and high, / beyond all mountains steep, / above all shadows rides the Sun / and stars forever dwell: / I will not say the Day is done, nor bid the stars farewell." |
Sam. Sam sings this song when he is in the orc tower, despairing of finding Frodo. His song prompts a response from Frodo, thus enabling Sam to find him.
|Who sings this song of the Sea? " To the Sea, to the Sea! The white gulls are crying, / The wind is blowing, and the white foam is flying. / West, west away, the round sun is falling. / Grey ship, grey ship, do you hear them calling, / The voices of my people that have gone before me?" |
Legolas. Legolas sang this song to express his deep longing for the Sea and what lay over it, namely, the Elvenhome.
|The Riders of The Mark sang this song in memory of their king: " Out of doubt, out of dark, to the day's rising / he rode singing in the sun, sword unsheathing. / Hope he rekindled, and in hope ended; / over death, over dread, over doom lifted / out of loss, out of life, into long glory. What was the name of this king?|
Theoden. Theoden was the king of Rohan, who died in the Battle of the Pelennor fields. Thengel was his father, Theodred was his son, and Eomer was his nephew and his heir.
|"Et Earello Endorenna utulien. Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn' Ambar-metta!" These words were spoken by Elendil when he first set foot in Middle-earth. Which of his heirs quoted them while being crowned king of Gondor?|
Aragorn. The verse - seen in the ancient Numenorean toungue - is translated thus: " Out of the Great Sea to Middle-earth I am come. In this place will I abide, and my heirs, unto the ending of the world."
|All right, time for a small cheat. This isn't a song or poem, but I think it's one of the most beautiful lines in the trilogy. All you have to do is to tell me whether it was Frodo or Sam who had the thought: " (he) saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart... and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end, the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and beauty forever beyond its reach."|
Sam. Sam has this thought while lying awake one night on the rocky ground in Mordor, on the last stretch of the journey before reaching Mount Doom.
|In Gondor, the herb-master repeats this old rhyme: "When the black breath blows / and death's shadow grows/ and all lights pass, / come athelas! come athelas! / Life to the dying / In the King's hand lying!" Can you give the common name for the herb extolled in this poem?|
Kingsfoil. By this point in time, kingsfoil was regarded by most people as nothing much more than a weed, with no healing virtues. Its powers had been all but forgotten, until Aragorn used it, to amazing end!
| True or false: Sam sang the words: "Still round the corner there may wait / A new road or a secret gate; / And though I oft have passed them by, / A day will come at last when I / Shall take the hidden paths that run / West of the Moon, East of the Sun."|
f. Sam overheard Frodo singing this verse as they started on their last journey together. Incidentally, this particular verse was meant to be part of Bilbo's old walking-song, which begins: "The Road goes ever on and on.."
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