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Consider the use of
polysyndeton in this passage, noting in particular
how it contrasts with the final brief independent clause.
In an hour unlooked
for by Men this doom befell, on the nine and thirtieth
day since the passing of the fleets. Then suddenly fire
burst from the Meneltarma, and there came a mighty wind
and a tumult of the earth, and the sky reeled, and the
hills slid, and Númenor went down into the sea, with
all its children and its wives and its maidens and its
ladies proud; and all its gardens and its halls and its
towers, its tombs and its riches, and its jewels and its
webs and its things painted and carven, and its laughter
and its mirth and its music, its wisdom and its lore; they
vanished forever. (Tolkien 335)