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Author: Dreamflower
Title: Ode to the Shire: Arising from quiet fields...
Rating: G
Theme: Poetry--Ode to Arda
Elements: kind/find
Author's Notes: I decided to intersperse the quotations that inspired this poem at the end of each verse.
The first quotation is Elrond, near the end of the chapter "The Council of Elrond", and the other two are from Matthew 5:5 and 5:7.
Summary: A poem in praise of the Shire, for bringing forth heroes meek yet mighty.
Word Count: 237

Ode to the Shire: Arising from quiet fields...



To the East of the Sundering Sea,
To the West of the Northern Wilds,
there is a land green and free,
where the Halfling folk reside.

This is the hour

For nearly half an Age,
they quietly tilled and plowed;
innocent and sage,
with blessings were endowed.

of the Shire-folk...

From where the Baranduin flows,
through fragrant, fertile fields,
where verdant bounty grows,
to the Western boundary hills.

when they arise from their quiet fields...

Home to a people of mercy and grace,
humble, hard-working, thankful and kind;
yet when danger threatens they are ready to face
whatever ill-fortune they find.

to shake the towers and counsels of the Great.

Unseen, unappreciated and unknown
save by only one of the Wise,
in hard times taking care of their own
until the day came when some would rise.

Who of all the Wise could have foreseen it?

Cared for by the tender heart of their land,
their own tender hearts reached out.
And leaving her protection behind
They ventured into fear and doubt.

Or, if they are wise, why should they expect to know it,

And while they were gone from home,
home was struck by fear and sorrow,
for they were a folk not meant to roam,
nor built to worry for tomorrow.

until the hour has struck?

But day by day and foot by foot,
the wanderers continued on;
not faltering with backwards look
from the task they agreed upon.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Then they were drawn back home,
to free their land from peril and woe,
to come once more to claim their own,
and their worth to all would show.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Comments

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brookeoflorien
Apr. 17th, 2017 06:28 pm (UTC)
I love this! I really like how you interspersed the quotes between the verses, I can see how each one inspired the parts around it. :D

My favorite verse is "And while they were gone from home,
home was struck by fear and sorrow,
for they were a folk not meant to roam,
nor built to worry for tomorrow."
It really sums up part of the tragedy of the story, that while they're off saving the world, their home is being overtaken, and they have to fight longer than the others do.
dreamflower02
Apr. 18th, 2017 02:53 am (UTC)
Indeed! They had to put things right when they got home, which was really sad. But they had learned how to do that while they were gone!
shirebound
Apr. 17th, 2017 06:37 pm (UTC)
Cared for by the tender heart of their land,
their own tender hearts reached out.
And leaving her protection behind
They ventured into fear and doubt.


I just LOVE this. And how beautifully you've woven in Elrond's words!
dreamflower02
Apr. 18th, 2017 02:55 am (UTC)
Thank you! I was fond of that verse.

That has always been on of my favorite quotes in the entire book: The hour of the Shire-folk! All those Elves and Men and Dwarves--but only hobbits could really get the job done!
hhimring
Apr. 17th, 2017 06:41 pm (UTC)
I like how you've used the quotations and your affection and admiration really comes through.
dreamflower02
Apr. 18th, 2017 02:58 am (UTC)
I love hobbits, I really do! JRRT was a genius when he came up with a race whose defining quality was compassion. What a brilliant idea: a race which is not known for strength of arms or clever negotiation, but for peacefulness and concern for others and mercy.
elwenlj
Apr. 18th, 2017 09:46 am (UTC)
How clever and what a lovely poem. It definitely paints the hobbits as Tolkien described them.
dreamflower02
Apr. 18th, 2017 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I wanted to concentrate on those qualities that made them able to deal with trouble, while at the same time maintaining their peaceful and compassionate natures.

I think that the deep connection the hobbits had with the land and with the Shire nurtured those qualities from the time they came there.
blslarner
Apr. 19th, 2017 10:33 am (UTC)
Again, I think my favorite of the poems written so far. They live a life proscribed by custom, kinship, and comfort; but when those who are brave (or foolish) enough do venture forth, what great things they accomplish! And I, too, love the phrases taken from the text as well as from the Beatitudes! So perfect for the Shirefolk!
dreamflower02
Apr. 20th, 2017 02:22 am (UTC)
Thank you dear!

Both those verses seem to me to fit hobbits perfectly, I have always thought.
foxrafer
Apr. 20th, 2017 12:09 pm (UTC)
I like this a lot.

Cared for by the tender heart of their land,
their own tender hearts reached out.


These lines are great, and the ending (and their worth to all would show. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.) is wonderful.
kgreen20
May. 2nd, 2017 09:43 pm (UTC)
Nice poem! And what it says is so true about hobbits.
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