I became rather taken with this idea, Cassius! This and your other thread on the destruction of Rome seemed to plant a seed in my head. Song of the Sage In imitation of Tolkien The world was old, and ruined walls Had told the tale of countless falls, Unnumbered tears, and silent bones In buried graves and catacombs Of cities dead when Rome was young; When Troy was lost, and poets sung. Alone the Evening Star gave light When Epicurus rose by night. Alone he trod on grassy leas And scanned for La…
I was totally obsessed with Tolkien when I was a teenager. Middle Earth is in many ways my "first language" when it comes to things like mortality, beauty, friendship, wisdom, and struggle. It's a world I still slip into whenever I walk in quiet woods. There are chanted versions of The Song of Durin to be found. A very haunting hymn.