The Song of Frodo and the Ring of Doom
“Lo! Lords and knights and men of valor unashamed, knights and princes, and fair people of Gondor, and Riders of Rohan, and ye sons of Elrond and Dúnedain of the North and Elf and dwarf and great hearts of the Shire and all free folk of the west, now listen to my lay. For I will sing to you of Frodo of Nine Fingers and the Ring of Doom.”
Long ago in the Shire
Frodo inherited a magic ring.
Knowing nothing of them.
Thought it, a trifle thing.
But Gandalf tested it with fire.
Words gleamed at its helm.
“One Ring to rule them all
One Ring to find them
One Ring to bring them all
And in the darkness bind them.”*
The ring bearer was Baggins of Shire.
The Ring had to be unmade
For Sauron’s power was fiery
Three friends were at his aid -
Peregrin Took, Sam and Merry.
“They set out towards Rivendell
Where Elves yet dwell.”
They met Tom in the Old Forest
“Old Tom is a merry fellow
His jacket is blue and boots are yellow.”
They reached the Prancing Pony
Befriended by Strider at Bree.
They took a dangerous trail.
With Ringraiths on their tail.
At Weathertop things turned phony,
When Frodo’s will did fail.
And he wore the One Ring
Was stabbed by the Nâzgul King.
The Ring wanted its Lord,
but Frodo wanted great pace.
In time, he reached the Ford.
It was a close chase.
The Ringraiths were together.
At the will of master Elrond,
a great surge came at the river
The black riders were drowned.
In the fair house of Elrond
A fellowship of all races formed
Frodo chose to bear,
the burden of the Ring
Entrusted in Gandalf’s care,
The hobbits of the beginning.
Aragorn, who was their Strider
Boromir, son of Gondor
Legolas, the elven fighter.
Gimli the dwarf of great lore.
A quest to Mount Doom,
They went through Khazad Dûm
There they met Durin’s Bane
And thought Gandalf slain.
The eight tarried to Lothlorién.
Met the elven queen Galadriel.
Fair gifts they were given,
On boats they set sail.
To the Land of Shadow
|Frodo alone was to go.
But as always, Sam did follow.
He wouldn’t leave master. No!
After many weary days,
To dead marshes they went.
Which was a terrible maze.
The helping hand Gollum lent.
Leading them to Cirith Ungol, the stair.
He sent them to Shelob’s Lair.
His plans were treacherous.
He just wanted his precious.
Shelob, the horrible spider
All things living she ate.
She caught Frodo in grim hour,
and Sam lost his mate.
Alone in the Black Lands.
With Frodo in orc hands.
Samwise had kept the Ring.
And with the sword Sting,
He entered the Black Tower.
Every danger he braved.
Sam proved his power.
Unaided his master he saved.
In Mordor they set out.
In an orc’s attire.
With Sauron’s servants about.
Of survival there was doubt,
food was little and water dire.
They braved the Black Land.
And reached the Mountain of Fire.
Where Frodo could not stand
But Sam carried him higher.
At the cracks of Doom.
Frodo could bear it no more,
The Ring had mastered him.
He put the Ring on
for more than a whim.
The Eye of Sauron
Felt its Ring once more.
Before Sauron, Gollum was there!
He wanted precious like before.
He bit the finger that did wear
The One Ring of his desire.
Now he wanted nothing more.
In joy, he lost all care,
And fell into the fire.
So, the One Ring ended!
The Black Gate was broken,
And all evil mended.
Thus I have spoken,
“Of Frodo of Nine Fingers!
And the Ring of Doom.”
Sing along ye singers!
For happiness shall bloom.
"Sing with me ye singers!"
For they have ended all dangers!
“Praise them with great Praise!
Long live the Halflings!”
Joy unto all they bring.
The Ring bearers Frodo and Samwise.
And so every race cries,
"Praise them with great Praise!"
They destroyed the One Ring
So, Middle Earth will sing.
"Praise them with great Praise!"
- Ridhika Agarwal 11 – B
A Lullaby for a Puppy
On the 29th of November, a unique puppet show was held in our school. It was called “A Lullaby for a Puppy”. It was a spectacular event organized by the Herzliya Municipal Theatre Council, Israel, in which people acted and also controlled large sized puppets which were almost the same size as them. We would like to give credit to Sasha Sinay, the director and conceiver of the ply for making the play so realistic. From the very first scene itself, the people acted very well and skillfully manipulated the puppets. Though we could not understand Hebrew, we enjoyed the melody and the music. It was an interesting introduction to the culture and language of Israel.
Aisha Ghai Dev, Tamanna Upal and Aanya Priya Dalmia, 5
The Future City
of My Dreams
One day I had gone to a video game parlour where I was playing a remarkable game. Suddenly the game burst into flames and I went forward in time. The year was 2130. I was 30 years’ old. I was in a luxury room. Just then ten people burst in. They said, “Master Arman, its time to design your own city”. I was jubilant; it was my dream to be an architect. So I walked on with them. I walked into a dark room. When I walked out, I had designed my own city! The city was full of video game parlours and had jet skis as vehicles. There were no schools. In my city everybody remained young and happy.
The city was suspended in the sky. There were air corridors, theme parks, airports made of glass and gigantic talking shoes. Suddenly I burst into flames. I found myself back in the video game parlour. How I wish that my future city actually existed!
By: Arman Puri 4 C
Either, students in our school have learned to think (a lot) before speaking, or else no one has submitted much. Due to, most probably, the incompetence of our students and newsletter staff (including myself), unfortunately this time, there is no busted.
“When the car was ready, and before I took it out on the road, I was a little apprehensive. I thought that the other drivers on the road would point and say “Go away little car!” It was not so. J “- Louis Palmer
Imagine a world with no ozone layer. Skin cancer would be a case with most of the world’s population. Ice would be something that would exist only in fairytales read at bedtime to drowsy six year olds. A large percentage of the species of flora and fauna in the world would be completely wiped out. Imagine a world without any oil. Cars would become outmoded. Unusable. A 30 minute drive from home to school would seem like a world away. Having power would become the “recurrent occurrence” that power cuts are today. These thoughts are just a few of which crossed a fourteen year old Louis Palmer’s mind way back in 1986.
Everyone keeps talking about the problem, but no one suggests solutions. That is one of the problems of Global Warming. Louis Palmer’s Solartaxi© is a solution. He believes that vehicles are the main pollutants of our atmosphere that are creating the problem of global warming, and if they can be eliminated, they will take our horrible predicament with them. However, knowing that all cars cannot be completely eliminated – being, after all, a basic necessity - he devised an economically feasible car which runs on solar energy. This solves the problem of global warming, as well as that of the shortage of conventional energy resources.
The solar taxi, however, as most people believe, does not run entirely on Solar Energy. When the sun’s rays fall short, the car can be plugged into the grid, and electricity can be used to fuel the car. The good thing is that when energy is generated by the Solartaxi©, it can be plugged in to transfer its energy back into the grid, thus conserving electricity. It is also economical. As Louis Palmer said, if it costs Rs.300 to refuel a car, it will cost Rs.30 to refuel a Solartaxi©, and what’s more is that, most of the time, the fuel is free.
Mr. Louis Palmer left Switzerland on the 3rd of July this year to show the world what his bright idea, his “little car” and solar energy could do for the future. What can it do for India? India’s theoretical solar potential is about 5000 T kWh per year (i.e. ~ 600 TW), far more than its current total consumption. However, India’s long-term solar potential could be unparalleled in the world because it has the ideal combination of both high solar insulation and a big potential consumer base.
Mr. Palmer agrees. Moreover, he adds “With so many petrol cars, polluted air, traffic jams and noise levels, the quality of life is minimised. I can’t imagine how ill Mumbai will look 10 years from now with double the amount of cars.”Perhaps it is our chance to embrace what Mr. Palmer offers. None says it more simply than he - “When climate protection is on everyone’s mind, it’s time to come up with solutions!”
Kunal Datta and Sara Chatterjee (X)
Louis Palmer's Solartaxi
(Conversation between Bill Gates and Laloo Prasad Yadav)
Gates : Namaskar! You must have heard of Windows.
Laloo : Oh Yes! In most government offices we have the single window clearance.
Gates : Have you installed Windows at home?
Laloo : I have removed all windows due to increased burglaries in our House.
Gates (confused): Then what is the system you operate on?
Laloo : OPERATION! Yes, I had a hernia operation last month.
Gates (sweating): Hope the net is being used a lot in India,
Laloo : Oh Yes! Due to increased mosquito problems many people are sleeping under the net.
Gates : by the year 2008 India should be exporting computer chips.
Laloo : We are already exporting Uncle Chips.
Gates : (uneasy): Do you regularly use Laptops?
Laloo : My grandchild sleeps on the top my lap.
Gates : (sweating): The C.M of Andhra Pradesh knows a lot about ROM and RAM.
Laloo : RUM? Prohibition is being lifted and it will be available in Andhra Pradesh soon.
Gates (dizzy): I would like to take your leave before my system crashes.
Laloo : I have exhausted all my leaves.
Gates : I have no energy left, let us go for a bite.
Laloo : BITE? I believe in non-violence. I will not bite.
Gates : (system crashes and found missing) “Windows is starting.
Compiled by Harsh Jain
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The Book Trolley
1. Hybrid – David Thorpe
This science-fiction thriller is set a few years in the future, in Britain. A plague has spread – a plague that fuses humans to pieces of technology. The story revolves around a boy, Johnny Online, prosecuted for being infected with the plague. Nobody knows how it came about or what causes it. All that they know is that it’s dangerous. And the Prime Minister hasn’t been seen by the public in months… A must read for conspiracy theory fanatics.
2. The Holcroft Covenant – Robert Ludlum
The Nazis were, are and always will be, hated, especially by their own kinsfolk. Forty years after his demise, a leading Nazi’s son is presented with a conundrum - help the hated dead father he never knew to make amends, or lose his and his family’s lives. The covenant does not forgive failure, the covenant does not forget. Noel Holcroft has to meet with the descendants of two other Nazis to succeed in fixing some of the harms their fathers committed. But it has never been harder to know who you can and who you cannot trust. Another spectacular thriller from the bestselling author and an excellent read, be you a veteran in Ludlum literature or just a novice.
3. The Black Magician Trilogy – Trudi Canavan
Dark magic is a sin. Sonea is a commoner, but how can any commoner have the powers she seems to? The Magician’s Guild doesn’t allow any magicians to exist outside. So she goes into hiding, protected by the Thieves. This is a trilogy about Sonea’s journey to maturity, whether it is in her personal life, her instincts, her trust or her magical capability. A treat for all dark fantasy lovers, the series has three parts, The Magician’s Guild, The Novice and The High Lord. The action is akin to motion-pictures, the drama is completely believable, the hate and the dark magic are so fast that if you’re careless, it’ll just pass you by! Turning the last page of the trilogy, you feel as if you’ve just lost a friend. Amazing.
Ayesha Malik, Devika Agrawal,
Nikhil Pandhi, Sanjana Malhotra,
Sara Chatterjee, Rhea Sadh, Kunal Datta , Vanshika Wadhwa, Bhavik Singh, Jahan Nargolwala, Soumya Dasgupta, Diva Gujral, Tarunima Prabhakar, Avanti Gupta, Amba Kak, Arjun Bajaj, Dhritiman Murti, Praavita Kashyap, Ujwalla Bhandari, Shaman Marya, Ria Sen
Editor: Akanksha Chawla