Thursday, June 4, 2009

Thanks, Professor JRRT

"Last of all Hurin stood alone. Then he cast aside his shield, and seized the axe of an orc-captain and wielded it two-handed; and it is sung that the axe smoked in the black blood of the troll-guard of Gothmog until it withered, and each time that he slew Hurin cried aloud: ‘Aure entuluva! Day shall come again!’ Seventy times he uttered that cry; but they took him at last alive, by the command of Morgoth, who thought thus to do him more evil than by death. Therefore the Orcs grappled Hurin with their hands, which clung to him still, though he hewed off their arms; and ever their numbers were renewed, till he fell buried beneath them."

My spur-of-the-moment re-read of LOTR recently also turned into another trip through the Silmarillion and co. Usually the passage that stays with me is the one in which Fingolfin battles Morgoth, but this time it's the above imagery that stands out. I doubt Professor Tolkien would have appreciated such a vulgar comment, but man, that's some severe badassery up there.


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