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The Open Door the Dead Walked In

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This is the Square of the Tower in Gondolin.
Well washed with rain, well swept with wind,
the streets of the city are long picked clean.
The tower has fallen. One wall still stands.
A flight of stairs leads to an open door
from nowhere to nowhere, for no one to pass.
Its stone frame faces Crissaegrim.
Below lie the bones of Turgon the King,
who would do all to reach Tirion except leave Gondolin.

Now the eagles desert Cirith Thoronath,
and the mountains shudder--far in the north,
doors of iron broke--they feel the blow.
The air rumbles with avalanche.
The last walls of Gondolin totter and slide.
Amid clouds of dust, the stairs descend.
The door frame tilts.
It no longer faces Crissaegrim.
Bury deeper the bones of Turgon the King,
who would do all to reach Tirion except leave Gondolin.

Soon the sea will come rolling in.
Bury deeper the bones of Turgon the King.
He would do all to reach Tirion except leave Gondolin.