Does anyone know if the tale “The Last Prince” that is attributed to Barliman Butterbur in the quest The Search for Lalia is based on any poems or short tales that Tolkien wrote either in canon or versions in HoMe?
I have found:
Cold be hand and heart and bone,
and cold be sleep under stone:
nevermore to wake on stony bed,
never, till the Sun fails and the Moon is dead.
In the black wind the stars shall die,
and still on gold here let them lie,
till the dark lord lifts his hand
over dead sea and withered land.
Though this doesn't seem to be the type of tale that would inspire a curious hobbit lass to run off on a dangerous quest seeking a prince.
I am aware of the references in Appendix A. concerning the war of 1409 and the history of Tyrn Gorthad, The Great Plague and the sending of the Barrow-wrights to the barrow-downs by the Witch-king. And I understand that the Cairn that Frodo and company found them self in is probably the tomb of The Last Prince of Cardolan and Merrys vision of being pieced in the heart by a spear was probably how the prince died. But I was wondering if there was any other references or possible prototypes for this tale written by JRRT or if its just a device extrapolated by Turbine from the professors writings to use as a quest bestowal.
If you can shed anymore light on this subject and/or refer me to places in the source that I can glean more understanding of the possible inspirations of the tale The Last Prince, or any related tid-bits, I would be grateful.
Thanks in advance