Libation

by flammeusgladius

The Libation

“I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me.”

Once he had sacrificed his everything,
Pity and Providence stepped boldly in:
The Quest was rescued! Gondor’s sudden king
Would rule an last. The new age could begin.
That’s the way that the little people win.
They pour their essence out like a libation
Until there’s nothing left – a loss akin
To the effulgent instant of creation,
But subject to the poor priest’s limitation.
And, oh, was Frodo limited! His will
Was broken right in half. No reservation:
The contents of his being had to spill
Into the conflagration with the Ring.
Only a shell was left for rescuing.

 

Happy Downfall of Barad-dûr!

T.R.

25 March 2014