The Trees Grow Tall

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Written by an unknown Enydhwynan author, c. 2120 S.E.


Soft blows the wind through the forest grey

Strong the wind blows on the pale sea's shore

Upon the wind was borne the cry

Of a distant shadow the gate before:


"The trees grow tall on the mounds of our fathers

The trees grow tall on the mounds of our husbands

Shall also the trees grow on the mounds of our sons?"


Dark billows the mist to hide the sun

Cold the mist rises throughout the glade

From in the mist the wail rose then

Of the one about whom the shadows laid:


"The trees grow tall on the mounds of our fathers

The trees grow tall on the mounds of our husbands

Shall also the trees grow on the mounds of our sons?"


Soft weeps the land from the cleft to the sea

Cold the land weeps with the tears of rain

For Mythr's sons who sleep in death

Who never will return from Rhulir's land


"The trees grow tall on the mounds of our fathers

The trees grow tall on the mounds of our husbands

Shall also the trees grow on the mounds of our sons?"


A/N: This is written at a time in Enydhwyn's history where they were at war with Glumintor. Neither country was was in the right; Glumintor provoked them, but the king of Enydhwyn was looking for an excuse to fight, and was wasting soldiers well past when they could have stopped. Many men had died, older men had been drafted, and they were starting to draft young men.

Rhulir and Mythr were the twin sons of Finath, Father of Men. They were the ancestors of Glumintor and Enydhwyn. The author of the poem is reminding readers that the two countries are sister countries, and really shouldn't be fighting.

The Enydhwynans buried their dead in mounds, and planted evergreen trees on them. The evergreen trees symbolized the hope that they would someday live again.

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