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“Boe Bedich Len, Haldir?”
From Fangorn Forest to Helm’s Deep, Canto VI, The Battle
- Tell us a story you never have told.
Haldir was his name. His king, Celeborn.
His father was Silvan, his mother, Sindar.
“Saruman’s battle imperils us all.
- “Rohan shall stand, and when battle is done
Now ten thousand soldiers of Saruman’s horde
The Elves slaughter hundreds as if they were one.
O Haldir! Thou heardst the call to the Keep.
So fought Haldir of the forest mallorn.
1. “Boe bedich len?” “Must go thou?” (Sindarin). For translation, see www.elvish.org/gwaith/movie.htm, paragraph 21, Dreaming about Arwen AND www.uib.no/People/hnohf/sindarin.htm#Heading19, 2nd person sg.
2. Huan was the wolfhound of the Valar that came to the aid of the Elf-maid Luthien. JRR Tolkien, The Silmarillion,”Of Beren and Luthien.”
3. Haldir's parentage is my invention. The canon is silent on this matter.
4. As always, I am borrowing the world of JRR Tolkien whose work I love and respect, and I promise to return it unharmed.
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