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Halloween Countdown, Day 10

I'm feeling very Tolkienian today. Let's go with an old favorite for our Text of the Day, the oh-so-eerie poem "The Mewlips" (1962) by J.R.R. Tolkien from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil.

And a special treat: listen to J.R.R. Tolkien reading the first lines!

"The Mewlips"

The shadows where the Mewlips dwell
Are dark and wet as ink,
And slow and softly rings their bell,
As in the slime you sink.

You sink into the slime, who dare
To knock upon their door,
While down the grinning gargoyles stare
And noisome waters pour.


Beside the rotting river-strand
The drooping willows weep,
And gloomily the gorcrows stand
Croaking in their sleep.

Over the Merlock Mountains a long and weary way,
In a mouldy valley where the trees are grey,
By a dark pool's borders without wind or tide,
Moonless and sunless, the Mewlips hide.

The cellars where the Mewlips sit
Are deep and dank and cold
With single sickly candle lit;
And there they count their gold.

Their walls are wet, their ceilings drip;
Their feet upon the floor
Go softly with a squish-flap-flip,
As they sidle to the door.

They peep out slyly; through a crack
Their feeling fingers creep,
And when they've finished, in a sack
Your bones they take to keep.

Beyond the Merlock Mountains, a long and lonely road
Through the spider-shadows and the marsh of Tode,
And through the wood of hanging trees and the gallows-weed,
You go to find the Mewlips - and the Mewlips feed.


Here's a fan video by Richard Svensson, set to Colin John Rudd's musical interpretation of "The Mewlips."

Comments

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internet_sampo
Oct. 10th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
Spooky! :-D
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 11th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
Yay! Glad you think so, too.
i_llbedammned
Oct. 16th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
I think one of my favorite parts of this is hearing the man himself read the first few lines.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 17th, 2012 01:49 am (UTC)
Aw!!! It gives me a bit of a wonderful chill, I must admit. :)
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