Sternly Lectured

- Linaewen
As much as I love Boromir, I greatly enjoy seeing him taken to task by Bilbo, in the scene at the Council of Elrond -- scolded as if he were an erring young man who was speaking out of turn (and he was, both young and erring in Bilbo's eyes!). How I would have loved to have seen that scene in the film! Here is my rendition, as a found poem:


"The Sword of Elendil, help beyond hope --
If such a thing could return..."
Boromir looked at Aragorn, doubt in his eyes.
Bilbo impatiently burst out, annoyed on friend's behalf:

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken:
The crownless again shall be king.

"Not good, but to the point.
Worth a journey of one hundred ten days?
You had best listen."