As the sun’s light, streaming through the Shire woods,

Seeping into farmers’ soil, rich and ready

For the bringing forth of…


As the corn’s lips, kissing the crisp harvest morn,

Bursting from the ripe cobs, sweet and silky

For the spreading on of…


As the butter, churning at the milk-maid’s stoop

Thickening in the barrel, smooth and creamy,

For the buttering of…


As the bread’s crust, baking on the open hearth,

Swirling scent of wholesome warmth,

To the credit of…


As the Shire girl’s hair, flowing down her neck,

Glowing in the noonday rays, soft and curly,

More precious than the wearing of…




Round it goes, calling me…

Singing, ringing…

Precious Gold

Bilbo loves you…

No, Bilbo…Bilbo does not

Bilbo loves much deeper gold

Than this dead thing

But are you dead?

Yes, you must be dead…

Only dead things invade dreams

Like ghosts

We used to tell stories about

Around the bonfires

Of blazing gold

After mowing down the hay

Of autumn gold

Like the leaves we watched

Drifting down

Red, Orange…Gold…

And the honey…

Sweet and sticky, on our breakfast buns

I remember that, and lemonade

Freshly squeezed

We drank beneath the evenstar

After work was done

And blessed the light she shared

All Golden memories

I can live by them

When the ring of Gold

Burns my finger

And scorches my soul

Let the dwarves scrounge for metal…

It is not alive, like my gold is

Avellina Balestri (aka Rosaria Marie) is one of the founding members and the Editor-in-Chief of The Fellowship of the King, a literary magazine with a strong Tolkienite influence (which, by the way, is open to submissions). She reads and writes extensively, and eagerly seeks out the deeper spiritual significance of popular fandoms such as The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Trek, Star Wars, and The Hunger Games. And yes, she does have a soft spot in her heart for classic Disney movies, The Princess Bride, and Merlin 😉 She is also a recording artist, singing traditional folk songs and her own compositions as well as playing the penny whistle and bodhran drum. She draws her inspiration from the Ultimate Love and Source of Creativity, and hopes to share that love and creativity with others.