Slowly Aragorn
unbuckled his belt
and himself set his sword
upright against the wall.

‘Here I set it,’ he said;
‘but I command you
not to touch it,
nor to permit any other
to lay hand on it.

In this elvish heath dwells
the Blade that was Broken
and has been made again.

Telchar first wrought it
in the deeps of time.

Death shall come
to any man that draws
Elendil’s sword
save Elendil’s heir.’

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(( LR 3 VI:45 ))

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