---"Merlin DeTardo" <emptyD@...> wrote:
<< From J.R.R. Tolkien, _LotR_, unused epilogue: "But even as he did
so, he heard suddenly . . . the sigh and murmur of the Sea upon the
shores of Middle-earth."
From J.R.R. Tolkien, _LotR_, "The Grey Havens": "There still he stood
far into the night, hearing only the sigh and murmur of the waves on
the shores of Middle-earth, and the sound of them sank deep into his
From Matthew Arnold, "Dover Beach": "Listen! you hear the grating
roar / Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling / At their
return, up the high strand" >>
Belatedly: something similar yet not, from Tolkien's poem, "Progress
in Bimble Town":
"sometimes late, when motor-bikes
are not passing with a screech,
one hears faintly (if one likes)
the sea still at it on the beach.
at what? At churning orange-rind,
piling up banana-skins,
gnawing paper, trying to grind
a broth of bottles, packets, tins"
(_The Annotated Hobbit_, Revised Ed., p. 254)
And that strikes another chord: "Gnaws iron, bites steel; / grinds
hard stones to meal"?