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The Fall of Gil-galad is sung by Sam Gamgee before he and the other hobbits, led by Strider, reach Weathertop. The lay known as "The Fall of Gil-galad" was written in ancient times and speaks of the death of the Elven High King Gil-galad, who was in battle with Sauron during the Battle of Mordor. Sometime during his stay in Rivendell Bilbo translated it from an older tongue, probably Quenya. The song is incomplete, as Sam didn't want to learn the rest of the verses, which deal with Mordor and the war.[1]

LyricsEdit

Gil-galad was an Elven-king.
Of him the harpers sadly sing;
the last whose realm was fair and free
between the Mountains and the Sea.

His sword was long, his lance was keen.
His shining helm afar was seen;
the countless stars of heaven's field
were mirrored in his silver shield.

But long ago he rode away,
and where he dwelleth none can say;
for into darkness fell his star
in Mordor where the shadows are.

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter XI: "A Knife in the Dark"

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