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A Rhyme of Lore was sung by Gandalf to himself as he and Peregrin Took rode to Minas Tirith after Pippin had gazed into the palantír. Perhaps only a fragment of a larger rhyme, these lines are the only ones heard by Pippin. This tale tells of the Númenoreans, led by Elendil, who escaped the destruction of Númenor; it was preserved by the Dúnedain, and goes as such:[1]


Tall ships and tall kings
Three times three,
What brought they from the foundered land
Over the flowing sea?
Seven stars and seven stones
And one white tree.


  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter XI: "The Palantír"

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