The Ballad of Enindor

The Ballad of Enindor

A Poem by Aaron M. Anderson

An epic poem in the fashion of J. R. R. Tolkien's ballads.



In Halandir, the fabled wood,
  the echoes still remain
of the song of Enindor,
  and of his love, Midayne.

Storms and sirens in the mists
  drove Enindor ashore,
this wanderer who sailed alone
  did stumble through the moor.

He made his shelter in the bog,
  so weary and forlorn.
He sank into the mud, asleep,
  till darkness turned to morn.

He ‘woke unto a woven wood,
  thin branches all entwin’d,
their fragrant boughs a-glistening,
  with amber ‘neath the rind. 

Enindor bathed and rested in
  the forest’s tranquil stream,
while watched the eyes of fair Midayne,
  a youthful god, unseen.

Another pair of darkling eyes-
 two shadows ‘neath one tree,
turned ‘round and writhed o’er gnarled roots,
  with maws stretched hungrily.

 The demon’s course Midayne espied,
  and thence escaped a yell.
Enindor jumped, his sword in hand,
  the forest god to fell.

“Please listen, stranger,” said Midayne,
  “for my word is true,
or the demon’s curse upon this stream
  will surely swallow you.”

And lo! the water churned and pulled
  the helpless wand’rer in.
He cried out, praying for release
  and penance for his sin.

He begged and bargained with Midayne,
  whose answer, in sweet verse,
unworked the water’s crushing tides-
  dispelled the demon’s curse.

They set out towards the young god’s home
  and travelled there together-
to coves besmirched, and ever green,
  with buckthorn, beech and heather.

Enindor rested with Midayne
  and ‘woke to see his face.
Charmed by fruits heady with nectar,
  stayed he in that place.

Travelers on the Halandir road 
  hear echoes by the shore-
whispers of love-swept Enindor:
  “This Wanderer wanders no more.”

Whither they went when the forest turned grey,
  none knows, and the land sees no rain.
‘Naught but echoes remain of the songs
  of Enindor and Midayne.

© 2012 Aaron M. Anderson

Author's Note

Aaron M. Anderson
I wanted to play around with Tolkien-esque poetry.

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Lovely! Awesome work with the rhyme. And what imagery!

Posted 7 Years Ago

Purely wonderful - captivates the imagination until the end with unfaltering use of rhythm and rhyme. Bravo!

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Posted 9 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is a very enjoyable read, defiantly reminded me of reading The Hobbit back in the day. Quatrain 8 is my favorite, he should have listened.

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Added on November 4, 2011
Last Updated on January 24, 2012
Tags: poem, epic, hymn, tale, bard, gay, love, romance, magic
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Aaron M. Anderson
Aaron M. Anderson

Raleigh, NC

I'm a young writer from North Carolina. I enjoy creating unique worlds for people to experience and enjoy through my stories and poems. Thank you for visiting my profile page. My favorite lyric.. more..