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Rogue Knight



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 PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2002 5:58 pm    Post subject: Ballads, Poems, Etc. Reply with quote Back to top

This isn't REALLY a *bump*, since I'd just like to applaude the writers' creativity in this thread!

So, Falotar and Eric, GREAT ballads there! I am IMPRESSED!! I mean, The Ballad of Borador actually moved me! And 'Ballod' of Vendral and Lament for Sirrania were both excellent...

And Xetu, you nasty person!! I cannot stop singing "The monks are shuffling ten by ten, hurrah, hurrah!", under my breath for no apparent reason at all... Hilarious...

So please... MORE!!

(See, I suck at ballads, poems, and the likes, so I depend on other people to write it for me to read... )
 
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Raistlin, Archmagus



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 PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2002 7:31 pm    Post subject: Ballads, Poems, Etc. Reply with quote Back to top

Dragon Cult

The great dragons will rise,
Blocking out the sun, darkening the skies.
Blacks, Reds, Blues, Browns,
All will join, death all aroun’.
Until the one then doth come,
Her strength beating upon the drum.
No more then a child,
Her idea may seem wild.
Until the dragons have seen,
The recognize their Queen.

Alight in flames, frozen in ice,
The Queen will bid them, ‘Do be nice.’
They will obey her every whim,
Though they are strong, and all but dim.
Her mirthful laughter will carry them,
Just as the wind carries them,
Oh, how she will carry them,
Upon the winds of Time.

Hehe...Somethin' stupid I thought up in health one day...My *cough* favourite class. Anyway, it can be twisted to refer to Ardania...Sorta...
 
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Falotar



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 PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2002 11:05 pm    Post subject: Ballads, Poems, Etc. Reply with quote Back to top

Ellitadhe is watching you, Raist.

The Terror of the Northlands
As I walked out from Grov-Urtat
I saw a Gnome with a dented hat,
"Ah-ha," quoth I, "what's this I spy?
Is this a Gnome, so far from home?"

"Aye," quoth he, "a Gnome I be,
A Drep I am, from Port Sydriam."
"What do you here, in lands so drear,
Where Paladins hide in Inns for fear?"

"Oh!" he said, "I seek the head
Of Damastormath the Great!
My Great-Uncle Nobb he ate;
And so he's as good as dead."

"Are you mad?" I replied in scorn.
"Damastormath is the strongest dragon ever born:
The Terror of the North!
He is why the Cultists cry
And the Paladins never now issue forth."

"What of it?" asked he,
"What's it to me
That Cultists mad and Paladins weak
Do not come out, the wyrm to seek?"

An answer then I did not make,
For lo! The earth began to quake;
A sudden fire announced the ire
Of Damastormath the fire-drake.

"What's this?" he roared. "A Warrior with sword?"
"A Ranger strong, with arrows long,
Or a mage with mighty lore?
Nay! 'Tis but a Gnome, strayed from home,
Who soon will be no more!"

"Pardon, I pray," said Drep as he turned away,
To face his enemy.
"Ah-ha!" quoth he, "what this I see?
A puny dragon's no match for me!"

And before my eyes, to my great surprise,
The Dragon down did fall,
The Gnome did bow, as but kings know how,
And said, "For a Dragon, 'twas very small!"

As I walked out from Grov-Urtat,
I saw a Gnome with a battered hat:
"Ah," he said, "I have the head
Of the Terror of the Northlands,
And now home I go, far from snow,
Back to Port Sydriam's sands."

[ 19 March 2002, 11:09 PM: Message edited by: Falotar ]
 
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Raistlin, Archmagus



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 PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2002 4:25 pm    Post subject: Ballads, Poems, Etc. Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by Falotar:
Ellitadhe is watching you, Raist.


Ah, no! Am I in fear of life, pray tell? Nice poem. No wonder I always used gnomes...
 
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Starsinmyeyes



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 PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2002 8:37 pm    Post subject: Ballads, Poems, Etc. Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by Raistlin, Archmagus:
quote:
Originally posted by Falotar:
Ellitadhe is watching you, Raist.


Ah, no! Am I in fear of life, pray tell? Nice poem. No wonder I always used gnomes...
? Eh?Huh? i'm clueless... nothing new
 
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 PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2002 12:06 pm    Post subject: Ballads, Poems, Etc. Reply with quote Back to top

Song of the Man in Black

Long ago, the Isle was ours,
With its fens and fields; the Hidden Fountain
Which played atop the Glorious Mountain-
The trees, the grass, the flowers.

Our power then was uncontested;
Our sovereignty was assured;
Nothing evil against us stirred;
Even the Dragon Lords we bested.

But a newer race came from the sea;
Golden cross on an azure field;
To their shaping skill did our island yield-
To the Men of strange Philosophy.

We withdrew ourselves, we did not deign
To waste ourselves on them.
We were misers; we hid our gem
Though it cost us grievous pain.

Whispers came to our agony:
Power tenfold would be ours;
We could destroy their towns, break their towers,
And drive them back into the sea.

This was the fateful bargain sealed:
We joined the armies of fear and dread;
Maybe wishing for our enemy's head-
But lust for power did more to make us yield.

Wisdom we had forsaken,
But our kin to truth did cling-
Almost our leader could claim to be king,
At midnight our hooves on the humans' cobbles did ring-
Our kin from the coast
Did destroy that boast,
And the Citadel by Men was retaken.

But not without aid were they:
For power is but vanity,
We were smitten by humility,
We saw our deed's insanity,
And came through night to day.

So the humans we left.
But what was left to our race?
Invincible power and shaming disgrace;
Of our homeland we were still bereft.

So now in darkness we abide-
Our horns changed from white to black-
But still there gleams the trail back,
And from good no more shall we hide.

So this is my and my people's quest:
To redeem our fallen star;
Though we may not undo what now we are.
We yet may in good deeds find solace,
From great labours receive grace,
And, at last, in honour rest.

Can you guess who this refers to? Coming up next, the Song of the Lagu Lord Captain and the Song of the Exorcist.
 
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 PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2002 1:52 pm    Post subject: Ballads, Poems, Etc. Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by Falotar:

Can you guess who this refers to?

Am I right in guessing Sorotor? Very, very good poem, Falotar.
 
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Falotar



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 PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2002 2:58 pm    Post subject: Ballads, Poems, Etc. Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by Raistlin, Archmagus:
quote:
Originally posted by Falotar:

Can you guess who this refers to?

Am I right in guessing Sorotor? Very, very good poem, Falotar.
Yes, you most certainly are! And thank you.
 
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 PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2002 1:12 am    Post subject: Ballads, Poems, Etc. Reply with quote Back to top

Song of the Exorcist

In the ancient times, or so the tales say,
Ardania was engulfed in war.
Each of the Gods for dominance sought,
While the waters were darkened with gore.

Grand cities had uprisen,
Garuta and great Rendishire;
But darkness fell across the skies,
And the proud cities were trod into bloody mire.

Even in the South, by the Southern Sea,
The banners of battle were shown.
A young man knew a solution,
Though he should know it alone.

Triltaeros! That name resounds
Through all our history.
He knew there was a Goodness behind the Gods;
That was all his mystery.

But the feuding followers of the Gods
Would not hear his mystic thought;
Abandoning their own quarrels
Against the Philosopher they fought.

He fled from them, did Triltaeros;
Far from their towns he flew.
Haven he found with a wandering clan,
Who saw his words were true.

But persecution followed them;
At last to the Sea they went.
To find a new land wherein to live
That was their new intent.

A new land indeed they found;
And it was feuding as before.
Elves fought Men for supremacy;
Meraine on Sangwe made war.

And, stronger than Elven minstrelsy,
Darker than the Fanatics of the Sea,
Were the Warlocks in their twisted towers-
From this darkness did the colonists flee.

North they sailed along the coast,
Until they left the misty, war-torn land.
They saw cliffs reared up from the waters,
An Isle built as if by a mighty hand.

Norcumion they named the Isle;
Fair cities there were founded-
Holistrand, and Sandiem, and the Blessed Citadel-
On the Isle in the Northern Sea
By the protective cliffs surrounded.

Happily did the generations pass.
But all their troubles were not yet past;
One final test must be taken
Before our fathers could rest at last.

Horrible things crept out of the Sea,
Evil hid under the ground,
Devils came up from the Nethermost Sphere
And the forces that Evil gathered did the Isle surround.

Then came the Night of Terror:
Demons and demon-horses smashed
Through the Philosophers' faltering guard;
Down came the walls, the towers; down the Blessed Citadel crashed.

In Holistrand we took refuge,
And help[ came to us there;
On cloven hoof, with blazing horn-
Like the night-spawned stallions of our foes, but fair.

These creatures did bring us hope;
But more than hope was needed.
In that hour our prayers were answered:
A new Order was begun.
Before the power of Exorcism the demonic swarms receded.

Still there were the hellsteeds;
For they were not stopped by our power;
But something seemed to change in them-
They left, and victory came to us in that hour.

Ever since that fearful night
The Philosophers waxed in learning;
Our cities gained a new morning's light;
The joys of old were doubled in returning.

Now, the Council has deemed it good
That others should share in our prosperity;
Already scouts have been sent south
To make contact with Meragny.

And, now I go forth,
To our near-mythic home country-
Ardania of the many wars,
I come to comfort thee.

This poem offers one of the same events as the previous one, but from a different viewpoint. It also outlines the basic projected history of the Philosophers/Exorcists.
The next poem, I hope, will have a lighter tone.
 
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 PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2002 1:45 am    Post subject: Ballads, Poems, Etc. Reply with quote Back to top

Song of the Lagu Lord Captain

Vith grinding keel and breaking oar
Ships landed on ze Isle.
Storm-vinds had driven zem onto ze shore.
Our sea-shased race had found a new home,
O Ynterizhen ve stayed evermore.

So our fathers decided to let ze past be ze past;
New homes zey built on new land.
Ve built our new settlement exceedingly fast;
By a river running near-
Alas, vhen she flooded, our homes did not last!

So ve moved to higher ground.
Lagonia vas zen built.
A great city, whose valls did surround
And encompass ze whole mountaintop.
From zose valls did l'Empereur's trumpets resound.

In ze folloving century,
Ve conquered all zat Isle.
Ze Imperial forces gassered great victory,
Ve pushed all ze monsters into ze vaves;
And our Isle had liberty.

But zen, stranzhe shance! Anozer people came forth
Out ze bucking foam:
A race of zhiants, vashed out of ze North,
Had come to land on our home.
So, vith our rapiers, ve did sally forth.

But ah! Zeses zhiants, zough outmatched by our skill,
Yet manazhed to defeat our force.
In ordered rout, 'tvas l'Empereur's vill
To vithdraw to Lagonia,
Vhere ve could hold out still.

So bravely did ve our valls defend
Zat zese zhiants drew avay;
Zen zey sent us emissaries, ze conflict to end.
Quickly ve accepted; ve saw zat peace
Vould allow us our country to mend.

Half our Isle ve bequeathed to zem;
Zey realized zeir gain.
In return ve got a mazhical zhem
Vhich, vhen placed in a tower,
Vould rein in ze vinds, and give us power over zem.

Back to ze sea did ve make our vay-
After, zat is, learning to use our zhewel-
Seafarers ve vere from zat long-distant day,
Sailing to all shores in all climes.
To many new lands did l'Empereurs extend zeir svay.

Mon pere it vas, who discovered Meragny
In v'one of his explorations.
To be sure, he meant to sail farzer into ze Sousern Sea,
But he got somevhat turned around.
But at least he found the lands of Meraine and Sangwe.

Folloving in his footsteps, zen,
I sailed to Norcumion.
And, folloving a voyazhe made by our Isle's Men-
Zough, nashurally, zey had been acompanied by v'one of us-
My ship nosed her vay into an Ardanian fen.

I vamdered srough zat very odd land
For nigh on a year or more.
But, at last, me and my band
Returned to ze Sousern Sea-
Vith many a trophy vhich vas slain by me.

Tvice, zen, I returned zere, learning al ze inhabitants' vays.
I saw many great cities, tall and fair-
Zough none to compare vith Lagonie on great Ynterizhen-
And saw many creashures, from ze Oculus to ze veak hellbear.

Zen it vas back to Holistrand-
To Norcumion for me!
But ere I vaw an hour on land,
Ze Exorcist came, and vanted to go
And toush foot on Ardanian sand.

So I sailed again, vith a man called "ze Vise",
An honest man, if a bit larzhe.
And also, of course, a man vith hidden eyes=
Sorotor, ze man in black,
Shrouded in Shadow as dark as night skies.

And, so ve all are-
In ze village of Montsalis.
A raid-plagued land, vhere monsters mar
During ze night vhat vas built in ze day.
Zough, since I am here, all monsters from zis town I vill bar.

Whew! Writing Lagu poetry is hard, but rewarding. Now, maybe, I can get on with the story upon which these poems are based.

[ 12 April 2002, 02:46 AM: Message edited by: Falotar ]
 
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Raistlin, Archmagus



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 PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2002 6:26 pm    Post subject: Ballads, Poems, Etc. Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by Falotar:
[QB
Whew! Writing Lagu poetry is hard, but rewarding. Now, maybe, I can get on with the story upon which these poems are based.[/QB]

Hehe...I'm sure it is.
 
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 PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2002 1:44 pm    Post subject: Ballads, Poems, Etc. Reply with quote Back to top

Hey Faltor! Try to reginize these!
**************************************************
Ho!Ho!Ho!to the bottle I go,
To heal my heart and drown my woe.
Rain may fall and wind may blow,
And many miles be still to go,
But under a tall tree I will lie,
And let the clouds go sailing by!
Ho!Ho!Ho!
**************************************************

Sing hey!for the bath at close of day
that washes weary mud away!
A loon is he that will not sing:
O! Water Hot is a noble thing

O!Sweet is the sound of falling rain,
and the brook that leap's from hill to plain;
but better than rain or rippling streams
is Water Hot that smokes and steams.

O!Water Cold we may pour at need
down a thirsty throat and be glad indeed;
but better is Beer if drink we lack,
and Water Hot poured down the back.

O!Water is fair that leaps on high
in fountin white beneath the sky;
but never did foutain sound so sweet
as splshing Hot Water with my feet!
 
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 PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2002 1:50 pm    Post subject: Ballads, Poems, Etc. Reply with quote Back to top

Don't try to fool me! I'm the greatest Tolkien scholar I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
They're both hobbit-rhymes from the early part of TFotR. The bath song, I believe, was composed by Bilbo, and both were sung (I think) by Pippin.
 
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 PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2002 2:21 pm    Post subject: Ballads, Poems, Etc. Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by Falotar:
and both were sung (I think) by Pippin.

WRONG! The first was sung by all.
The second was sung by Pippin.What about this?(it sould be easy)
**************************************************
Hey dol!merry dol!ring a dong dillo!
Ring a dong!hop along!fat lal the willow!
Tom Bom!Jolly Tom!Tom Bombadillo!
Hey!Come merry dol!Derry dol!My darling!
Light goes the wether-wind,
and the fethered starling!
Down along,under hill,shining in the sunlight,
Wating on the doorstep for the cold starlightThere my pretty lady is,
River-woman's Daughter,
Slender as the willow-wand,clearer than the water.
Old Tom bombadil water-lilies brining
Comes hopping home again,can you hear him singing!
**************************************************
I can't finish it,it'll take to long to type
If you're such a scholor,finish it for me!
 
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 PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2002 7:45 pm    Post subject: Ballads, Poems, Etc. Reply with quote Back to top

I luv Tom Bombadil do you want him to finish it from memory?!??
 
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