Lochinvar Stanza-Wise Summary

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The poem ‘Lochinvar’ is a highly romantic, free-standing poem in Canto V of the ballad ‘Marmion’. The poem is written by Sir Walter Scott and is set in medieval times in the border country of Scotland and England. In one of my previous posts, I have also shared the Stanza-Wise Summary Of ‘The Man He Killed’ and the poem ‘Up-Hill’ so, you can check those posts as well.

Lochinvar Stanza-Wise Summary

Stanza – 1

“O young Lochinvar………………………..the young Lochinvar”.

The poem starts with the introduction of Lochinvar who is a courageous knight and undeterred romantic. His coming from the west is a metaphor which resembles him for being like Sun. He came all through the wide border in the west riding unarmed on his horse. He carried no weapons throughout this special journey though he was well-versed in engaging in armed combat. He is so faithful to the girl he loves and fearless at the same time. In every war he fought for the country, he is known for being gallant and dauntless and there has never been a knight so brave like Lochinvar.

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Stanza – 2

“He staid not…………………………………. Ellen of brave Lochinvar.”

The second stanza of the poem ‘Lochinvar’ tells that Lochinvar is so valiant that no obstacle could stop him from reaching the desired goal. Throughout the journey, he didn’t stay back for anything and didn’t stop for any hardship that prevented him to reach his goal. He swam across the deep Eske River bravely and without any fear and the river had no shallow place where one can walk or drive across.
However, before the young Lochinvar reached the Netherby gate and alighted himself on the horse, the bride Ellen had consented him as a gallant who had arrived late and straggler who fought cowardly and disgracefully in the war of love for the bride. He was to take the fair Ellen’s hand in marriage.

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Stanza – 3

“So boldly he……………………………………..young, Lord Lochinvar?”

Lochinvar entered the Netherby Hall so boldly in the presence of the bride’s men and kinsmen, her brothers and all her relatives. The poor bridegroom didn’t utter a single word and the bride’s father who was not pleased with Lochinvar’s arrival stood up, with his hand gripping his sword and asked him whether he came here in peace or with an intention of war, or to dance at their bridal.

Stanza – 4

“I long woo’d……………………………………the young Lochinvar.”

Lochinvar was equally defiant and bold in his reply and said that he long wooed Ellen but his rightful suit was denied. The king had previously rebuffed his marriage proposal. A love which was not encouraged would soon die and he had now come to have a dance and drink a cup of wine at the marriage feast. He also added there are many suitable maidens in Scotland who are more beautiful and desirable than Ellen who would gladly be his bride.

Stanza-Wise Summary Of Lochinvar

Stanza – 5

“The bride kiss’d………………………………….said young Lochinvar.”

Ellen kissed the goblet and offered this glass of wine to Lochinvar. He accepted it, drank the wine quickly. He threw the glass in anger and was annoyed by the fact that Ellen betrayed his love and married another man. However, he offered her a final dance together. Ellen was filled with emotions and she had a smile on her lips and kept blushing. These emotions were clearly signifying the upwelling affections for Lochinvar. Lochinvar took one dance with Ellen after she blessed his wine.

Stanza – 6

“So stately his form……………………………cousin with young Lochinvar.”

Both Ellen and Lochinvar danced together and Lochinvar’s stature and strength complemented Ellen’s poise and grace so well that the whole hall was sparkled with their starry presence. When Ellen was dancing with him, her mother fretted, her father fumed at the sight and the bridegroom stood there dangling but they could not do anything anything to drive a wedge between the reunited lovers. The bridesmaid were entranced by the perfect match and there were soft cries of admiration as they feel that the young, daring Lochinvar was a better match for Ellen.

Stanza – 7

“One touch to……………………………..quoth young Lochinvar.”

Lochinvar touched Ellen’s hand softly and spoke a word in her ear. It feels as if she was hypnotized by his love and they both walked steadily, reached the door of the hall, encountered the charger who stood there and reached for Lochinvar’s horse. Lochinvar flung Ellen on the horse and rose to take the reins in his hands and loudly announced that he had won back his love. He rode as hard as he could over the bank of river, bushes and mountains to get away from the chasing pack of Ellen’s kinsmen.

Stanza – 8

“There was mounting………………………….gallant like young Lochinvar?”

The associates of the Netherby clan including Forsters, Fenwicks and Musgraves mounted their horses and rode as fast as they could to arrest the fleeting couple but the couple was never seen again in the region. A man so daring in love and so dauntless in war and there is truly no one who could match him in terms of heroism, romanticism and gallantry.

So, this was the stanza-wise summary of the poem ‘Lochinvar’.