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Of all the battles which are sung, none are as noble, brave, and true
As the tale of this single ruinous one, that I shall try to sing for you
An enormous fight so horrific, that it is spoken of with dread
And the old ones still weep, for the many that are dead

Through lies and treachery, armies assembled on that plain
Not knowing, not even guessing, that there was nothing to gain
This battle was the fifth and last of the war being fought
A devastating conflict that by the end,  was all for naught

A mighty alliance forged from three strong and steadfast races
Dwarves, Elves, and Men, still could not resist Morgoth’s deadly maces
Try as they might, they failed, and that hallowed ground is named
Nirnaeth Arnoediad, Tears Unnumbered, for the warriors that lay maimed

The sunrise mist had not yet left the field when the battle cry was called
But it did not take long, for the Alliance to break and fall
Why, you may ask, was this so, when the union of these races was tight
I shall tell you it why it happened, because of a malevolent might

The power of Morgoth’s forces prevailed on that war-torn, blood stained earth
And like ships in a harbor, each enemy sword found a berth
Although a number of Men and Elves formed a crescent hammer
That swung forcefully into the enemies flank with a thunderous clamor

Inside the arched walls reigned evil intent, a renegade Man had poisoned minds
So that when the Elves looked for support, they realized that they were a rind
Pressed on all sides and harried by enemies, still they fought until every last one was torn
Nevermore to see the night or day, they were crushed, those fearless Firstborn

The Dwarves rushed swiftly to their aid, but they arrived all too late
For the reason that, sadly, the Eldar Children had met with an awful fate
Do not think though, that all the Men were bad, those that were loyal were stricken
At the carnage caused by their kin, and they paused because sickened

The battle raged on through the day and on to late evening
That darkened sky brought an end though, to all the thoughtless killing
And so when twilight drew nigh, rain began to fall, as if to wash away
All that had happened there from memory, although it never may

That is why I am telling you, young ones, so that you will know and discern
The battle of Nirnaeth Arnoediad is a tragic tale not to be unlearned
Never let this story fade from mind, always and forever make it known
Learn by heart what I have said and tell it to your own
In J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Nirnaeth Arnoediad or (Battle of) Unnumbered Tears was the disastrous Fifth Battle in the Wars of Beleriand. The name was taken from the Doom of Mandos: "Tears unnumbered ye shall shed...".

I wrote this in 2005, and it had been awhile since I had read the story, so I think I've gotten a few details out of order...but it worked well this way. :) The preview image is drawn by Jenny Dolfen [link] .
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pervysage35 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Is that Fingon after he was cleaved?
Seleyah Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Yes it is... here's the original picture [link]
Lilandrial Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
totally awesome picture. extremely well done. captures all the horror and tragedy and waste... very sad
Seleyah Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
I didn't draw/paint the picture, it is by Jenny Dolfen. But it is her representation of the battle. I thought it fitting.
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