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Author: Dreamflower
Title: Five Wizards Went Over the Sea
Rating: G
Theme: Laugh! (Humorous Poetry)
Elements: mendacity/veracity
Author's Notes: Originally just one limerick about Saruman. It grew.
Summary: The story of the Istari in limerick form.
Word Count: 191

Five Wizards Went Over the Sea

Five wizards went over the Sea,
old men they did seem to be.
Sent off on a chore
to make Sauron no more,
but on how, they could never agree.

A wizard called Gandalf the Grey
wished to sit blowing smoke-rings all day.
But he was kept busy,
his thoughts in a tizzy:
Sauron's Ring gave him no time to play.

A wizard named Saruman the White
was known for his speech-making might.
But his lack of veracity
revealed his mendacity,
and so all his words lost their bite.

A wizard named Radagast the Brown
was sometimes thought to be just a clown
since he preferred solitude.
His feathered friends were multitude,
So he always knew what was going down.

Alatar and Pallando were Blue;
Not sad--'t was simply their hue.
Their fates were a mystery,
they vanished from history
And left behind not a clue.

Five wizards went over the Sea;
only one made it back, all agree.
He finished his task,
And now he can bask,
blowing smoke-rings by the Sea.


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 24th, 2014 01:48 am (UTC)
Excellent! I love the last passage very much. And this is especially delightful:

Not sad--'t was simply their hue.
Their fates were a mystery,
they vanished from history
And left behind not a clue.
Apr. 24th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
*grin* Thank you! The verse about the Blue Wizards was the hardest one to write!
Apr. 24th, 2014 02:04 am (UTC)
Delightful! But now I'm wondering if Radagast might eventually have returned to the West.
Apr. 24th, 2014 02:39 am (UTC)
I think he probably did eventually once he finished whatever Yavanna really sent him to do, though I've read some delightful fics in which he remains in Middle-earth. One has him living with the few remaining Elves in a hidden Imladris, and finding true love. Another has him as the Merlin of the Arthurian legends!
Apr. 24th, 2014 03:19 am (UTC)
Dreamflower, that is Fab! And limericks are not the easiest thing to write! I love it!
Apr. 24th, 2014 03:25 am (UTC)
*grin* Thanks! The hardest one was the Blue Wizards!
Apr. 24th, 2014 03:30 am (UTC)
Ooh. =D Fun limerick. Love the last verse.
Apr. 24th, 2014 11:35 am (UTC)
Thanks! That one occurred to me at the last minute! After all, didn't he deserve a chance to relax?
Apr. 24th, 2014 04:32 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this.
Apr. 24th, 2014 11:36 am (UTC)
*grin* Thanks!
Apr. 24th, 2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
Love the last verse. The idea of Gandalf just leaning back blowing smoke rings on Tol Eressea is a lovely vision.

- Erulisse (one L)
Apr. 24th, 2014 02:55 pm (UTC)
:D That last verse was a last minute addition. It was all done and I was formatting it to post, when I realized it needed an ending--and I thought Gandalf deserved to get his wish!
Apr. 25th, 2014 07:36 am (UTC)
Ah, then I wasn't the only one to turn to limericks! I love these, and the brief glimpses made of each of the Wizards in turn!
Apr. 25th, 2014 12:33 pm (UTC)
Originally I wanted to do something "Ogden Nash-y" with Saruman, but the words just seemed to lend themselves to limericks.

I really loved all the entries this month!
Apr. 25th, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, that was cute! All the entries are such fun this time around. I love in particular that this is about the wizards, as so often they're so gloom-and-doom.
Apr. 26th, 2014 02:49 am (UTC)
Thanks! I really enjoyed this month's challenge--every entry was a hoot!

Stories about the wizards often are so solemn--it was neat to take the funny road. And really, with prompts like mendacity/veracity, who could it be but Saruman, LOL!
Apr. 26th, 2014 09:45 am (UTC)
Very neat! And a lovely conclusion--I suppose back in Valinor Gandalf would need neither a pipe nor pipe-weed to make smoke-rings, but would probably use them anyway!
I like "all his words lost their bite". And also the Blue Wizards not being sad...
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:52 am (UTC)
You're right--I'm sure he preferred to keep his pipe and pipe-weed.

My prompt words meant that Saruman's verse was the first and easiest one--the Blue Wizards were the hardest! (And I was stumped for a rhyme with "blue" until I thought of it's other meaning, LOL!)
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