Of Fingolfin and Morgoth (II)

[Image: Ted Nasmith]

Then Morgoth came. For the last time
in those great wars he dared to climb
from subterranean throne profound,
the rumour of his feet a sound
of rumbling earthquake underground.
Black-armoured, towering, iron-crowned
he issued forth; his mighty shield
a vast unblazoned sable field
with shadow like a thundercloud;
and o'er the gleaming king it bowed,
as huge aloft like mace he hurled
that hammer of the underworld,
Grond. Clanging to ground it tumbled
down like a thunder-bolt, and crumbled
the rocks beneath it; smoke up-started,
a pit yawned, and a fire darted.

(lines 3,558 to 3,573)

The Geste of Beren and LĂșthien
J.R.R. Tolkien

See too http://oxfordinklings.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/the-flight-of-noldoli-from-valinor.html 


Chris said...

I would have to say that this particular scene is one of the most awesome in the Silmarillion (and arguably in all of Tolkien's works)

Fingolfin challenging and fighting with Morgoth, who is to all intents and purposes, a god is just amazing.

That is probably why it gets so many hits :)

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Anonymous said...

This is a fantastic imagining of a short but powerful excerpt from 'The Silmarillion' by JRR Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings.

I have never read anything so captivating in all my life, it's nice to see a visual representation of the climactic meeting between those two.

Arborfield said...

Now 20,325 hits (8th August '13) on this posting alone... THAT's an on-line community!