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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Apr 9 2007, 12:20am

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After I posted my willow poem in a thread in the Reading Room, I was asked if I'd post some of my work here. I replied that while I've written a *lot* of stuff, none of it was Tolkien-related, except for the longish fanfic that I link to in my footer. But as I was looking through some of my early poems, I realized that many of them, while not *about* Tolkien's work, were certainly inspired by his writing. I wrote the following when I was 20, just before the Sil came out. I expect it owes a lot to the poems in the "Tolkien Reader", especially "Princess Mee" and "The Shadow Bride" (as well as the old ballads about the Gypsy Rover and the Elf Knight.) And though I've never thought about it before, the elf in the poem looks a lot like the way Uncle Baggins looked back in those days, with his curls flying all astray :-) I have other poems that probably were also inspired by Tolkien that I could post here, if you don't think they're too far off topic.



The Elvish Lover

A lady stood on a castle wall,
Her father's men lay dreaming.
The ripe stars hung as if to fall
And the silver moon was gleaming.

Fair she was but soft she sighed,
Her dark eyes filled with sorrow.
She wore white garlands as a bride
To marry on the morrow.

And as she stood in the starry night,
A lady fair and sad,
She saw below, in the silver light
What she took for a fair young lad.

Never a handsomer man was seen
With his curls gone all astray.
He was clothed in gold and white and green
And his eyes were green gone gray.

"Thou art a lady fair," quoth he,
"And a carefree elf am I,
And if thou'lt come and dance with me
I'll teach thee how to fly."

She sprang with joy from the castle wall,
Too late her father sought her.
He thought her death was in the fall
And mourned his little daughter.

Away she flew beyond the moon;
No poet can discover
Where she danced in bridal shoon
Nor who was her elvish lover.

Fair she was and tall and bright,
His curls flew all astray.
They were clothed in gold and green and white
And their eyes were green gone gray.


January 10, 1977

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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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Chance Meeting at Rivendell: a Tolkien Fanfic
and some other stuff I wrote...
leleni at hotmail dot com

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Daughter of Nienna
Grey Havens


Apr 10 2007, 7:12am

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Thank you for poem [In reply to] Can't Post

It is a wonderful contribution to the board. I am glad you accepted the invitation. You wrote some good stuff as a youngster. I am glad you kept it up.

Do you just write for pleasure?

I hate to look back on my life in 1977...glad I 'm not in that space anymore.

Art Gallery Revised, my drawings,
Aloha & Mahalo, Websites Directory

Nienna: those who hearken to her learn pity, and endurance in hope . . . All those who wait in Mandos cry to her, for she brings strength to the spirit and turns sorrow to wisdom." Valaquenta


Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Apr 10 2007, 2:34pm

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Do you just write for pleasure?

I hate to look back on my life in 1977...glad I 'm not in that space anymore.


I don't know if "pleasure" is exactly the right word, though I do enjoy writing. It's more like something I have to do, like breathing or eating. I do have an agent and I belong to a writers' group, but I've been sending stuff out for 25 years with a few nibbles but no real bites, so I've pretty much given up the dream of being a professional writer. Luckily the Internet makes publishers of us all, and it gives me great satisfaction to be able to put my stuff up on my website.

As for your comment about 1977, I'm a lot happier than I was then too. I do wish I had the physical stamina I had then, though. :-)

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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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Chance Meeting at Rivendell: a Tolkien Fanfic
and some other stuff I wrote...
leleni at hotmail dot com

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WonderBroad
Lorien


Apr 10 2007, 3:22pm

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re: [In reply to] Can't Post

This was really enjoyable and evocative. It has an abiding sense of Faerie about it. I particularly liked:

She sprang with joy from the castle wall,
Too late her father sought her.
He thought her death was in the fall
And mourned his little daughter.

Both joy and pathos in one stanza. So nicely done!

--WB


Daughter of Nienna
Grey Havens


Apr 10 2007, 6:15pm

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amen to more stamina! [In reply to] Can't Post

I am glad you found a niche on the internet.

Art Gallery Revised, my drawings,
Aloha & Mahalo, Websites Directory

Nienna: those who hearken to her learn pity, and endurance in hope . . . All those who wait in Mandos cry to her, for she brings strength to the spirit and turns sorrow to wisdom." Valaquenta


Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Apr 11 2007, 3:46pm

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I was kind of cruel at age 20, wasn't I? [In reply to] Can't Post

[reply]This was really enjoyable and evocative. It has an abiding sense of Faerie about it. I particularly liked:

She sprang with joy from the castle wall,
Too late her father sought her.
He thought her death was in the fall
And mourned his little daughter.

Both joy and pathos in one stanza. So nicely done!

--WB[/reply]

At that age I was just starting to make that break with my parents that every child goes through at some point or other, and it shows in that stanza. I was going through a rough patch with my dad, and we got along a lot better after I got married and moved out at age 22.

Anyway, thanks for your kind words!

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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Chance Meeting at Rivendell: a Tolkien Fanfic
and some other stuff I wrote...
leleni at hotmail dot com

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(This post was edited by Aunt Dora Baggins on Apr 11 2007, 3:53pm)

 
 

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