3. Nimrodel (J.R.R.Tolkien) Am Em a An Elven-maid there was of old, F C G7 A shining star by day: Am Em Her mantle white was hemmed with gold, F Em Am Her shoes of silver-grey. Am G b A star was bound upon her brows, F C A light was on her hair Dm Am As sun upon the golden boughs F Em Am In Lorien the fair. C G c Her hair was long, her limbs where white, C D E7 And fair she was and free; Am Em Am F And in the wind she went as light Dm Em Am As leaf of linden-tree. a Beside the falls of Nimrodel, By water clear and cool, Her voice as falling silver fell Into the shining pool. b Where now she wanders none can tell, In sunlight or in shade; For lost of yore was Nimrodel And in the mountains strayed. c The elven-ship in haven grey Beneath the mountain-lee Awaited her for many a day Beside the roaring sea. a A wind by night in Northern lands Arose, and loud it cried, And drove the ship from elven-strands Across the streaming tide. b When dawn came dim the land was lost, The mountains sinking grey Beyond the heaving waves that tossed Their plumes of blinding spray. c Amroth beheld the fading shore Now low beyond the swell, And cursed the faithless ship that bore Him far from Nimrodel. a Of old he was an Elven-king, A lord of tree and glen, When golden were the boughs in spring In fair Lothlorien. b From helm to sea they saw him leap, As arrow from the string, And dive into the water deep, As mew upon the wing. b The wind was in his flowing hair, The foam about him shone; Afar they saw him strong and fair Go riding like a swan. c But from the West has come no word, And on the Hither Shore No tidings Elven-folk heard Of Amroth evermore.