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Reading LotR Aloud: Book III Chapter 1, The Departure of Boromir; excerpt Part 2

Reading LotR Aloud: Book III Chapter 1, The Departure of Boromir; excerpt for the read_lotr_aloud community.

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Then Aragorn sang again:

From the Gate of Kings the North Wind rides, and past the roaring falls;

And clear and cold about the tower its loud horn calls.

'What news from the North, O mighty wind, do you bring to me today?

What news of Boromir the Bold? For he is long away.'

'Beneath Amon Hen I heard his cry. There many foes he fought.

His cloven shield, his broken sword, they to the water brought.

His head so proud, his face so fair, his limbs they laid to rest;

And Rauros, golden Rauros-falls, bore him upon its breast.'

'O Boromir! The Tower of Guard shall ever northward gaze

To Rauros, golden Rauros-falls, until the end of days.'

So they ended. Then they turned their boat and drove it with all the speed they could against the stream back to Parth Galen.

'You left the East Wind to me,' said Gimli, 'but I will say naught of it.'

'That is as it should be,' said Aragorn. 'In Minas Tirith they endure the East Wind, but they do not ask it for tidings. But now Boromir has taken his road. and we must make haste to choose our own.'

Once again, I set Aragorn's part to the tune of "Fine Flowers in the Valley," a variant of "The Cruel Mother," which is one of Child's English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Child 20 to be precise. I think I learned this tune from a Richard Dyer-Bennet recording.

As always, many thanks tolbilover for the transcription and putting all this together. The readings for the entire chapter will be here.
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