If I Could Speak in Elvish

IF I COULD SPEAK IN ELVISH

By Emily Geerling (alias Frodo Baggins)

Word Count: 204

Rating: G (suitable for all audiences)

Summary: A poem about how the speaker wishes to learn Elvish.

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Image Credit: Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema

If I could speak in Elvish

I would stump all my friends

Saying things in a tongue

That they could not understand.

I could tell my darkest secrets

And they still would be unknown.

I could say my greatest wishes

In a language all my own.

But, alas, I don’t speak Elvish,

And I can tell you why.

There are no Elves here to tell me

If I’m saying the words right.

Some words are inside Tolkien’s books,

like mellon, that’s for friend;

But I can’t use just those few words

to convey what I wish to send!

If only there were Elves

that lived upon the earth.

Then I could learn their language,

I’d learn for all I’m worth!

I would go and seek them out,

Wherever they might be.

I would get to know the Elves,

and get them to teach me!

How do Elves pronounce H?

Do they have a letter Z?

If only I could go find out;

If I could go and see!

Oh, the language of the Elves!

How strange, yet fair it seems!

I tell you, I can speak it,

But only in my dreams.

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