Pat Masson (1940-1994), a resident of Devon, England, was active in the Tolkien Society and “Ða Engliscan Gesithas”, a British historical society. She won that society’s Cædmon Prize in 1988 for her poem “Dragon-Fighter” (published in Wiðowinde, 83), published “Hymn to Earendil” in Mallorn: The Journal of the Tolkien Society, and two other alliterative poems in Wiðowinde: an Old English-style riddle and "Mnemonic for the Futharc", a rune poem.
She died young from cancer, but her poetry and short stories were preserved in Nor Bid the Stars Farewell, a private booklet prepared by her mother for her funeral and distributed to family and friends. Her work is reprinted on Forgotten Ground Regained with the permission of her family.
The following poems were not published in her lifetime, and are here published for the first time:
A Lay of St. Boniface
The Last Valkyrie
The Yule Tree [incorporated in "A Lay of St. Boniface"]
Making Waves: An Experiment in Allteration
An Ecological Grace [half lines without structural alliteration]