October 26th, 2005

Pretender/Terribilis

POLL! Favorite Halloween Song?

Thanks to all who participated in my Scary Reading Poll yesterday. Everyone gave a completely different answer, which was great fun. I have a terrific list of Halloween reading! Today I have a new question for you...

Poll #598589 Favorite Halloween Song

What's your favorite song to play around Halloween time?




Today's quote is another haunting poem by J.R.R. Tolkien. It's called "The Sea-Bell," and is often referred to as "Frodo's Dreme." It is, I think, a thoroughly haunting piece. The last line always moves me. To quote Simon Tam, "This must be what going mad feels like."


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Black came a cloud as a night-shroud.
Like a dark mole groping I went,
to the ground falling, on my hands crawling
with eyes blind and my back bent.
I crept to a wood: silent it stood
in its dead leaves; bare were its boughs.
There must I sit, wandering in wit,
while owls snored in their hollow house.
For a year and a day there must I stay:
beetles were tapping in the rotten trees,
spiders were weaving, in the mould heaving
puffballs loomed about my knees.

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Houses were shuttered, wind round them muttered,
roads were empty. I sat by a door,
and where drizzling rain poured down a drain
I cast away all that I bore:
in my clutching hand some grains of sand,
and a sea-shell silent and dead.
Never will my ear that bell hear,
never my feet that shore tread
Never again, as in sad lane,
in blind alley and in long street
ragged I walk. To myself I talk;
for still they speak not, men that I meet.

"The Sea-Bell," from "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil," by J.R.R. Tolkien
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