For Elros and Elrond
March 5, 2000
A Silmaril…liquid light of golden silver, shining globe of silvered
So briefly warm laid in my hands, though forever in my
soul I’ll hold.
In danger from the war-torn lands and stormy seas, my
enchantment to a winged form
Saved both, and many hours flown returned the wondrous
jewel to its proper home.
And yet again my deeds I’d do to see the last Silmaril
treasured safe and true…
But broken is my heart, my tears like rain, for such deeds
demand great price –
My sons are taken, my own two jewels, gold and silver
lights of my life.
If any material reward be offered, I would ask for myself
But only for my children do I pray that these things might
Manwe, let them feel the sun and be caressed by gentle
Warm as my kiss upon their cheek, light as my fingers
through their hair;
Varda, grant them many twinkling stars all through the
To help them keep at bay their darkest terrors and frights.
Ulmo, let your raindrops fall steady yet soft against
To remind them how I miss them, my sorrow like an ocean
But also let the pooling waters' music as it rushes to
the great seas spreading wide
Sing them a lullaby that speaks their names with my love,
happiness, and great pride.
Irmo, give them pleasant dreams, and if I might be in
one now and then,
Let them recall me kindly, whose choice of need was made
for good, though it feels like sin.
All other Valar, if you might do whatever you can as best
I would once more welcome the dawning of each new day.
And last, great Eru, knowing best a parent’s joys and
strifes as Father to all,
If it be your will to grant my prayer, please send a sign,
So this shattered heart could begin to mend, and once
This voice with glad tidings of great joy would sing.
“Great was the sorrow of Earendil and Elwing for the ruin of
the havens of Sirion, and the captivity of their sons, and they
feared that they would be slain; but it was not so. For Maglor
took pity upon Elros and Elrond, and he cherished them, and love grew
after between them, as little might be thought.”
The Silmarillion (Chapter 24)