The Fellowship of the Ring

 

1. The Prophecy: version one - CD booklet Q.

2. The Prophecy: version two - Warner Bros. sheet music Q.

3. The Treason of Isengard: The Ring Poem B.S.

4. The Black Rider: The Revelation of the Ringwraiths A.

5. Flight to the Ford: Song to Tinviel - Arwen's Theme S.

6. Many Meetings: A Elbereth Gilthoniel S.

7. The Council of Elrond: Anron or Theme For Aragorn And Arwen S.

8. A Journey in the Dark: Durin's Song or Dwarves' Song I Kh.

9. The Bridge of Khazad-dm: The Demon Comes or Dwarves' Song II Kh.

10. Lothlrien: Lament For Gandalf I - CD booklet S.

11. Lothlrien: Lament For Gandalf II - Warner Bros. sheet music S.

12. The Great River: Namrie Q.

13. Amon Hen: Departure of Boromir S. Q.

14. Amon Hen: The Seduction of the Ring Q.

15. May It Be Q.

16. O Queen Beyond the Western Seas - FotR DVD Extended Edition S.

17. Song to Tinviel - FotR DVD Extended Edition S.

 

Quenya

 

1. The Prophecy I 

Version published in the CD booklet. 

Lyrics by Philippa Boyens, music by Howard Shore, translated into Quenya by David Salo. This version differs from that one heard on the CD.). This version differs from that one heard on the CD.

 

Chorus in Quenya

 

Ynillor morne

tulinte i quettar

Tercno Nuruva.

 

Hlasta! Quetis 

Ilfirimain

 

'Out of the Black Years

come the words

[the] Herald of Death.

 

Listen! It speaks 

to those who were not born to die...'

 

ynillor n. Ablative  'out of the (long) years'; cf. Q yn 'Elvish 'long year' of 144 solar years, 52,596 days'.

morne  adj. pl. 'dark; black'; cf. sg. morna 'dark; black' (LR 373).

tulinte v. aorist 'they come'; tule 'come' + -nte 'they'; cf. tulin 'I come' (LR 395).

i quettar n. pl. 'the words'; cf. sg. quetta 'word' (S 436).

tercno  n. 'herald'; cf. tercno 'herald' (PM:362).

nuruva n. Adjectival 'of death'; cf. nuru 'death' (LR 377).

hlasta v. imperative 'listen'; *hlasta- < CE slas-ta-, S-LAS- 'ear; hear'; cf. Sindarin lhaw 'ears'.

quetis v. aorist 'it speaks'; cf. quete 'say; speak' (S 436). [In the lyrics it reads erroneously quetes]

Ilfirimain n. pl. Dative 'to Immortals; to those who are not born to die'; it can be derived from il-firima-in 'im-mortal-to (pl.); cf. ilfirin 'LR 381' and frimoin 'for Men' (LR 72). [In the lyrics it reads erroneously Hfirimain]

 

 

Quenya
 

2. The Prophecy II 

Version published in the Warner Brothers sheet music

As above the text is based on the poem Malbeth the Seer's Words by J.R.R. Tolkien (in The Return of the King). Adaptation and lyrics by Philippa Boyens, music by Howard Shore, translated into Quenya by David Salo. 

 

Chorus in Quenya

 

Hlasta!
Quetis Ilfirimain:

Corma turien te
Corma tuvien
Corma tultien te
Huines se nutien.

Tercno Nuruva.
Tuvien Corma tultien te
Huinesse nutien
Corma turien te Corma.

'
Listen!

It speaks to those who were not born to die:

[One] Ring to rule them [all]
[One] Ring to find [them]
[One] Ring to bring them [all]
[And] in the Darkness bind it

 

[The] Herald of Death
to find [One] Ring, to bring them [all]
[And] in the Darkness bind it

[One] Ring to rule them [all], [One] Ring'

 

hlasta v. imperative 'listen'; *hlasta- < CE slas-ta-, S-LAS- 'ear; hear'; cf. Sindarin lhaw 'ears'.

quetis v. aorist 'it speaks'; cf. quete 'say; speak' (S 436). [In the lyrics it reads erroneously quetes]

Ilfirimain n. pl. Dative 'to Immortals; to those who are not born to die'; it can be derived from il-firima-in 'im-mortal-to (pl.); cf. ilfirin 'LR 381' and frimoin 'for Men' (LR 72). [In the lyrics it reads erroneously Hfirimain]

corma n. 'ring; here: One Ring'.

turien v. gerund Dat. 'for ruling'; cf. tur- 'wield, control, govern', gerund *turie.

te pron. 'them'.

tuvien v. gerund Dat. 'for finding'; cf. *tuv- 'find', gerund *tuvie; cf. utvienyes 'I have found it'.

tultien v. gerund Dat. 'for sending for; for bringing'; cf. tulta- 'send for, fetch, summon', gerund *tultie.

huinesse n. Locative 'in [the] darkness'; cf. huine 'deep shadow, gloom, darkness' + -sse Locative suffix.

nutien v. gerund Dat. 'for binding'; cf. nut- 'tie', gerund *nutien.

tercno  n. 'herald'; cf. tercno 'herald' (PM:362).

nuruva n. 'of death'; cf. nuru 'death' (LR 377).

 

 

Black Speech

 

3. The Treason of Isengard: The Ring Poem

Featured in The Treason of Isengard. Lyrics by J.R.R. Tolkien and Philippa Boyens, translated into Black Speech by David Salo. Tolkien's text is bracketed below.

 

Chorus in Black Speech :

 

Shre nazg golugranu kilmi-nudu 

Ombi kuzddurbagu gundum-ishi

Nugu gurunkilu bard gurutu

Ash Burz-Durbagu burzum-ishi  [3:10-3:16]

Daghburz-ishi makha gulshu darulu. [2:55-3:09] [3:17, 3.21-3:29]

[Ash nazg durbatulk, ash nazg gimbatul, 

ash nazg thrakatulk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul]

Daghburz-ishi makha gulshu darulu.

 

G kbum kelkum-ishi, burzum-ishi. Akha - gm-ishi ashi gurum.
Nubin sherkuk, rakhizinash, matizinashk, matizin Umbrk.

 

'Three rings for-Elven-kings under-sky 

Seven for-dwarf-lords in-halls

Nine for-mortals doomed to-die

One for-Dark-Lord in-darkness

in-Mordor where shadows lie.

[One Ring to-rule-them-all, One Ring to-find-them, 

One Ring to-bring-them-all and in-the-Darkness bind-them]

in-Mordor where shadows lie.'

 

'There-is-no life in-the-cold, in-the-dark. Here - in-the-void only death.

I-smell your-blood.  I-shall-devour-it, eat-it-all - eat-all the-world.'

 

shre num. three.

nazg n. ring; evidently from Black Speech and taken from Valarin nakad, ring?.

nolug n. Elf; more specifically, this is an Orkish term for Noldo.

ran n. king; term may come from Elvish stem R-AN, as in Sindarin aran, king.

-u prep. for, to; from the Orkish phrase Uglk u bagronk sha pushdug Saruman-glob bbhoshum skai, one translation given being, Uglk, to the dungfilth, sha, the cesspool, the great Saruman-fool, skai.

kilmi n. sky.

-nudu prep. under; probably related to the Elvish stem NU.

ombi num. seven.

khuzd n. Dwarf; no doubt from Khuzdl khuzd, dwarf.

durbagu n. ruler; incorporating Black Speech durb-, to rule.

gun n. stone; may come from Elvish stem GOND.

dum n. hall; may be from Khuzdl Khazad-dm, Dwarves-hall(s).

-ishi prep. in; from Black Speech burzum-ishi, in [the] darkness.

nugu num. nine.

gurunkil n. mortals; seems to incorporate Elvish stem GUR1.

bard v. past doomed; probably from Elvish stem MBRAT.

gurutu v. inf. to die; may relate to Elvish stem GUR1, could this also incorporate the ending u, for, to?

ash num. one; from Black Speech ash nazg, one ring.

burz adj. dark; from Black Speech burzum, darkness.

burzum n. darkness; Black Speech term.

dagh n. land.

makha pron. where; cf. below: akha.

gulshu n. shadows.

darulu v. aorist lie.

g adj. no; may be from the Elvish stem UGU.

kbum n. life.

kelkum n. coldness; may be from Elvish stem KHEL-EK and Black Speech um, -ness.

akha pron. here; related to makha above.

gm n. the Void; incorporates Elvish stem KUM.

ashi adj. only; incorporating Black Speech ash, one, and a definite article i?

gurum n. death; may be related to Elvish stem GUR1.

nubin v. aorist I smell; with ending in, I.

sherkuk n. your blood; may incorporate Elvish stem SEREK and ending uk, your.

rakhizin v. future I will devour; with ending izin, I will.

ash pron. it; using ash, one, as a noun?

matizin v. future I will eat; from Elvish stem MAT and ending izin, I will.
-k suf. all; seen in Black Speech durbatulk, to rule them all.

Umbrk n. all the world; from Elvish stem A-MBAR and ending k, all.

 

 

Adnaic

 

4. The Black Rider: The Revelation of the Ringwraiths 

Featured in The Black Rider, At the Sign of the Prancing Pony, A Knife in the Dark. Lyrics by Philippa Boyens, translated into Adnaic by David Salo. Acknowledgments to Tarlancwen Luinil Derencar, Amanibhavam, Sshiskom and Petri Tikka for their help in finding the reasonable explanation of this fragment.

 

Chorus in Adnaic:

 

Nbbtham Magnan
Ntabdam durad
Npm nd abrat-aglar
d Nidir nnkham
Br 'n Kathard

 

'We deny our maker. 

We cling to the darkness. 

We grasp for ourselves power and glory. 

Now we come, the Nine,

Lords of Eternal Life.'

 

nbbtham  v. pres. 'we deny'. This verbal form consists of: n-bbtha-m 'we-deny-pl. marker'. The pronominal prefix *n- 'we' is found in nnu 'on us' (SD 312). The verb *bbtha means 'deny, refuse'. It is probably derived from b 'negative particle' + btha 'said' < BITH (cf. unakkha 'he came' < NAKH; past tense is probably constructed by adding -a to the verb-stem). Compare Adnaic *bbtha 'refuse' with Quenya vquet- 'refuse, say no'. The suffix -m is a verbal plural marker.

Magnan  n. 'our Creator'. The form *magn 'wright; maker; *creator' is found in Ar-Balkumagn 'King Ship-wright'. The suffix -(a)n is probably the possessive form 'our' (see above *n- 'we'). Is Magnan 'our Creator' Eru Ilvatar whom the Ringwraiths refused to serve?  

ntabdam  v. pres. 'we cling'. For *n- 'we' see above. The verbal form tabda 'touch' is found in kitabdah 'touch me' (SD 250). The suffix -m is a verbal plural marker.

durad  n. 'to [the] darkness'. Noun dur 'gloom' is found in SD 424. The suffix -ad, -ada 'to, towards' is found in SD 429.

npm  v. pres. 'we grasp'. This verb is probably derived from the stem PA3 > p 'hand' (SD 416, 426).

nd  pron. 'for ourselves, lit. to us'. Cf. n  and -ad above.

abrat  n. 'power and.... Cf. abr 'strength, endurance, fidelity' (SD 431). The suffix -at is a dual marker (SD 428, 429, 430), but it is probably here a reconstructed conjuctive suffix.

aglar v. 'glory'. A loan-word from Sindarin aglar.

d  adv. 'now' (SD 247, 312).

Nidir n. '[the] Nine'. Its etymology is unclear.

nnkham  v. pres. 'we come, we approach'; Cf. unakkha 'he came', form of NAKH (SD 247, 312).

Br  n. 'the Lords' (SD 438).

'n Kathard  n. 'Eternal Life'. The etymology is unclear.

 


Note:

 

According to Danijel Legin's analysis this lyric is sung in the following songs:

 

THE SHADOW OF THE PAST
1:36 Nbbtham magnan

THE BLACK RIDER
1:05 Nbbtham npm nd
1:40 Br 'n Kathard
2:01 Nbbtham magnan

Br 'n d Nidir nd aglar

AT THE SIGN OF THE PRANCING PONY
1:55
Br 'n Kathard
d Nidir
nnkham npm
abrat - aglar


A KNIFE IN THE DARK (~ represents partial words)
0:26 Br 'n Nidir n~ (Br 'n Nidir nnkham)
~dir nnkham
Nbbtham ma~ (Nbbtham magnan)
~gna~ ~nan
Ntab~ dur~ (Ntabdam durad)

1:05 Nbbtham ma~ (Nbbtham magnan Kathard)
~gna~ Katha~
Br 'n d nd

FLIGHT TO THE FORD
2:31 Br 'n Kathard
d nd npm
Ntabdam durad
Nidir npm
Npm nd aglar


 

Sindarin


5. Song to Tinviel:
Arwen's Theme

Words by J.R.R. Tolkien, translated into Sindarin by David Salo.

Found also in the FotR DVD Extended Edition Appendices under "Music".

Here is full lyric.

 

Sindarin

 

Tinviel elvanui  [0.00-0.20]

Elleth alfirin [0.21-0.40]

 

'Tinviel [the] elven-fair,

Immortal maiden'

 

Tinviel n. 'nightingale, daughter of twilight' (name that Beren gave to Lthien). 

elvanui adj., n. 'elven-fair'; el- 'Elvish' + *vanui, lenited form of *banui 'fair, beautiful' (cf. BAN- in LR 351).

elleth n. fem. 'elf-maid' (WJ 363-4).

alfirin adj. 'immortal' (Letters 402).


 

∙ Sindarin ∙

 

6. A Elbereth Gilthoniel: featured in Many Meetings. 

Lyrics by J.R.R. Tolkien, music by Howard Shore, performed by the choir.

 

Chorus in Sindarin

 

A Elbereth Gilthoniel,
silivren penna miriel
o menel aglar elenath,
na-chaered palan diriel
o galadhremmin ennorath
nef aear, s aearon,
Fanluilos, le linnathon
Nef aear, s aearon!

 

Sindarin text:

 

'O Elbereth Star-kindler,

(white) glittering slants-down sparkling-like-jewels

from firmament glory [of] the star-host,

to-remote-distance after-having-gazed

from tree-tangled middle-lands,

on-this-side [of] ocean, here [on this side of] the Great Ocean,

Fanuilos, to thee I will chant

on-this-side [of] ocean, here [on this side of] the Great Ocean!'

 

Detailed analysis can be found in Tolkien's books and in Ardalambion.

 

 

∙ Sindarin ∙

 

7. Anron: Theme for Aragorn and Arwen. 

Featured in The Council Of Elrond. Lyrics by Roma Ryan, composed and performed by Enya, translated into Sindarin by Roma Ryan (and David Salo?). See Elfling message no 16933.

 

Solo [by Enya] in Sindarin


O mr henion i dh:

Ely siriar, l sla.

Ai! Anron Undmiel.

 

Tiro! l eria e mr.

I 'lr en l luitha 'ren.

Ai! Anron...

 

'From darkness I understand the night:

dreams flow, a star shines.

Ah! I desire Evenstar.

 

Look! A star rises out of the darkness.

The song of the star enchants my heart.

Ah! I desire...'

 

o prep. 'from, of' (LR 360, WJ 366, etc).

mr  n. 'darkness' (LR 373, Letters 382).

henion  v. 'I understand'; cf. *henia- 'to understand' (LR 363) + -on '1st sg: I, me'. 

i art. 'the' (LR 361, Letters 308).

dh n. 'the night'; lenited form of d 'nightfall, late evening, night' (LR 354).

ely n. 'dreams'; from Old Sindarin *olohi, Common Eldarin *olosi (cf. Quenya olori); cf. l, pl. elei ('mature' Sindarin *ely) 'dream' (LR 370, 379). 

siriar  v. '[they] flow'; cf. *siria- 'to flow' (LR 385). 

l n. 'star (archaic, used in verses)' (WJ 363, MR 373, RGEO 73). 

sla v. '[it] shines white' (LB 354). 

ai  interj. 'ah' (LotR I: XII).

anron v. 'I desire'; cf. anra- 'to desire' (SD 129-31) + -on '1st sg: I, me'. 

Undmiel Quenya name 'Evenstar, Star of the Evening'; Q undm 'star-opening' + el 'star'.

tiro v. 'look!'; cf. tir- 'watch, gaze, look at' (LotR IV:X, RGEO 72). 

eria v. '[it] rises'; cf. *eria- 'to rise' (LR 379).

e prep. 'forth, out'; cf. ed 'forth, out' (LR 356). 

'lr n. 'the song'; lenited form of glr 'song, poem, lay' (LR 359).
en article 'of the (genitival article)' (Letters 308).
luitha n. '[it] enchants'; cf. luita- 'to enchant' (LR 370).
'ren n. 'my heart'; cf. lenited form of gr 'heart (inner mind)' (VT 41) + -n 'my' (VT 41).

 

 

Khuzdl

 

8. Durin's Song: featured in A Journey in the Dark 

Featured in A Journey in the Dark. Lyrics by Philippa Boyens, translated into Neo-Khuzdl by David Salo.

 

Choir in Khuzdl


Durin ku binamrad

Ugmal sulu addad ku ba

Abad ku ganaga

Tur ganad

Abanul Durin

Ku bin Amrad

Ku ba kana a na aznan

Un du abad

Ku gan aga aznan.

 

The original poem by Ph. Boyens is:

 

'Durin who is Deathless

Eldest of all Fathers

Who awoke

To darkness

Beneath the mountain

Who walked alone

Through halls of stone

Durin who is Deathless

Lord of Khazad-dum

Who cleaved

The Dark

And broke

The silence

This is your light!

This is your word!

This is your glory!

The Dwarrowdelf of Khazad-dum!'

 


The choir score reads:

 

Durin Ku Binamrad

Durin Ku Binamrad

Ug-mal Sul-lu Ad-dad Ku Ba

Ab-ad Ku Gan-ag-a

Tur Gan-ad

A-ban-ul Durin

Ku Bin Am-rad

Ku Ba Ka-na A Na Az-nan

Un Du Ab-ad

Un Du Ab-ad

Ku Gan Ah-ga Az-na-n


 

Khuzdl

 

9. The Demon Comes: The Dwarves' Song II

Featured in The Bridge of Khazad-dm. Lyrics by Roma Ryan, translated into Sindarin by and David Salo. First published in the Muse magazine

 

Choir in Khuzdl


Urus ni buzra!

Arrs talbabi fillum!

Ugrd tashniki kurdum!

Lu! Lu! Lu!

Urkhas tanakhi!

 

'Fire in the deep!

Flames lick our skin!

Fear rips our heart!

No! No! No!

The demon comes!'

 

From David Salo's commentary:

 

Some of the things you can see here are the construction of verbs with the prefix ta- (for third person): talbabi 'lick', tashniki 'rips', tanakhi 'comes'; the suffix -m for 'our': fillum 'our skin', kurdum 'our heart'. We have some related words, like urus 'fire', arrs 'flame'; and some words that should look familiar, e.g. buzra 'deep' (cf. bizar 'valley, deep place' in Azanul-bizar), and urkhas 'demon, balrog', related to rukhs 'orc' much as Quenya rauco 'demon' is related to urco 'orc'. So there is real linguistic structure there, and an homage to Tolkien's languages; but very little of it is genuine Tolkien.

 

 

Quenya ∙ Sindarin ∙

 

10. Lament for Gandalf: featured in Lothlrien. 

Version published in the CD booklet. 

Lyrics by Philippa Boyens, music by Howard Shore, translated into Sindarin by David Salo, performed by Elizabeth Fraser. This lyrics is different from the one performed on the CD. The whole text of the original English poem by Ph. Boyens was shown in the FotR DVD Extended Edition. It can be seen fully reconstructed here.

 

Verse 1 

Quenya

 

A Olrin i yresse

Mentaner i Nmeherui

Trien i Rmenri,

Maiaron i oiosaila

Manan elye etevanne

Nrie i malanelye?

 

Verse 2 and 3  

Sindarin

 

Mithrandir, Mithrandir! A Randir Vithren!

-reniathach i amar galen

I reniad ln ne mr, nuithannen

 

In gwidh ristennin, i fae narchannen

I Lach Anor ed ardhon gwannen

Calad veleg, ethuiannen.

 

Quenya text:

 

'Olrin whom long ago 

sent the Lords of the West

to guard the Lands of the East,

ever-wise of the Maiar

what drove you to leave [lit. 'why you left']

land which you loved?'

 

Sindarin text:

 

'Mithrandir, Mithrandir, O Pilgrim Grey

No more you will wander the world green

Your journey in darkness stopped

 

The bonds cut, the spirit broken

The Flame of Anor has left this World

Great light has gone out.'

 

Quenya

 

A Olrin n. Vocative  'O Olrin'.

relative pron. 'who; whom'.

yresse adv. 'once upon the time'.

mentaner v. pret. '[they] sent'; cf. menta- 'send, cause to go' (VT41:6).

i Nmeherui n. pl. 'the Lords-of-the-West'.

trien gerund Dative 'to guarding'; cf. tir- 'watch, watch over, guard, heed'.

i Rmenri n. pl. 'the East-lands'.

Maiaron n. pl. Gen. 'of [the] Maiar'.

i oiosaila adj. 'ever-wise'.

manan pron. 'why'.

elye pron. 'you'.

etevanne v. pret. '[it] left'; cf. et-, ete- 'forth, out' and vanne 'went', pret. of vanya- 'go, depart, disappear.

nrie n. 'country'. 

relative pron. 'who; whom'.

malanelye v. pret. 'you loved'; cf. mel- 'love', pret. melane + -lye 'you'.

 

Sindarin

 

Mithrandir name 'Grey Pilgrim'; cf. mith '(pale) grey' + *randir 'wanderer, pilgrim' (see below).

interj. 'O!' (Letters 308).

randir n. 'wanderer, pilgrim'; cf. Noldorin rhandir (LR 383). 

vithren adj. 'grey'; lenited form of mithren (UT 436).

-reniathach v. 'you will not stray'; - negative prefix + renia- 'to stray' (LR 384) + -tha future tense marker + *-ch '2nd sg: you'. 

i art. 'the' (LR 361, Letters 308).

amar n. 'the world' (LR 372). 

galen adj. 'green'; lenited form of calen (LR 362, S 429, Letters 282).

reniad n. 'the journey'; < renia- (see above) + -ad gerundial suffix.

ln  pron. 'your'; enclitic form of *ln; cf. le 'to thee' (LotR II:I) and nn 'my' (UT 40).

ne prep. 'in; of'; reduced form of ned (SD 129-31).

mr  n. (mr) 'darkness' (LR 373, Letters 382).

nuithannen pp. 'stopped'; cf. nuitha- 'to prevent from coming to completion, etc.' (WJ 413) + pp. marker.

in gwidh  n. pl. 'the bonds'; cf. in 'the (pl.)' + *gwidh (pl. of gwedh 'bond'; LR 397).

ristennin pp. pl. 'cut'; cf. *ristannen, pl. *ristennin < *rista- 'to cut' (LR 384) + pp. marker.

fae n. 'spirit'; cf. Sindarin form of Fanor: Faenor (PM 343).

narchannen pp. '*broken, rent'; cf. *narcha- 'to rend' (LR 374) + pp. marker.

lach n. '(leaping) flame' (S 433).

Anor n. 'Sun' (LR 348).

ed prep. 'forth, out'; cf. ed- 'forth, out' (LR 356). 

ardhon n. 'world' (PM 348).

gwannen pp. 'left'; cf. gwanna- 'leave' (LR 397) + pp. marker.

calad n.  (calad) 'light (LR 362, UT 65).

veleg adj. 'great, mighty'; lenited form of beleg (S 428).

ethuiannen pp. 'breathed out'; cf. thuia- 'breathe' (LR 393) + pp. marker.

 


Note:

 

Sheet music presents English text fragmentary translated into Quenya. We can therefore reconstruct the rest of the poem by Philippa Boyens, though there are some places which are very hard to decipher:

 

English original:

 

Solo text:

 

Olrin who once was...

Sent by the Lords of the West 

To guard the Lands of the East,

Wisest of all Maiar,

What drove you to leave 

That which you loved?

 

No more will you wander

The green fields of this earth

Your journey has ended in darkness.

 

The bonds are sundered,

The spirit is broken,

The flame of Anor has left this World.

 

A great light has gone out.

 

Choir text:

 

Our love for this land

Is deeper than the deeps

Of the sea.

Our regret is undying

Yet we will cast all away

Rather that submit.

What should be shall be.

Quenya and Sindarin translation:

 

Solo text:

 

A Olrin i yresse

Mentaner i Nmeherui

Trien i Rmenri,

Maiaron i oiosaila

Manan elye etevanne

Nrie i malanelye?

 

-reniathach 

i amar galen

I reniad ln ne mr, nuithannen

 

In gwidh ristennin, 

i fae narchannen

I Lach Anor ed ardhon gwannen

 

Calad veleg, ethuiannen.

 

Choir text:

 

Melme nren sina

nra ala Ero nur

Ilfirin nairelma 

ullume nucuvalme
[?]

Nauva i nauva


 

∙ Sindarin ∙

 

11. Lament for Gandalf: featured in Lothlrien. 

Version published in the Warner Brothers sheet music

Lyrics by Philippa Boyens, music by Howard Shore, translated into Sindarin by David Salo, performed by Elizabeth Fraser.

 

Solo [by Elizabeth Fraser] in Sindarin

 

In gwidh ristennin, 

i fae narchannen

I Lach Anor ed ardhon gwannen

 

Mithrandir, Mithrandir! A Randir Vithren!

-reniathach i amar galen

I reniad ln ne mr, nuithannen

 

Chorus in Quenya

 

Ilfirin nairelma nauva i nauva
Ilfirin nairelma ar ullume nucuvalme
Nauva i nauva melme nren sina nairelma

 

Sindarin text:

 

'The bonds cut, 

the spirit broken

The Flame of Anor has left this World'

 

Mithrandir, Mithrandir, O Pilgrim Grey!

No more you will wander the world green

Your journey in darkness stopped.'

 

Quenya text:

 

'Undying [is] our regret, [it] will be what will be [or 'What should be shall be']

Undying [is] our regret and yet we will cast all away,
[It] will be what will be, love for this land [is] our regret.'

 

The Quenya lyric is a translation of Galadriel's words in Tolkien's book:

 

'That what should be shall be,' she answered.  'The love of the Elves for their land and their works is deeper than the deeps of the Sea, and their regret is undying and cannot ever wholly be assuaged.  Yet they will cast all away rather than submit to Sauron: for they know him now.  For the fate of Lothlorien you are not answerable, but only for the doing of your own task.  Yet I could wish, were it of any avail, that the One Ring had never been wrought, or had remained for ever lost.'

 

From "Fellowship of the Ring", Book 2, Chapter VII, The Mirror of Galadriel (found by 'a magpie'; see here)

 

Sindarin

 

in gwidh  n. pl. 'the bonds'; cf. in 'the (pl.)' + *gwidh (pl. of gwedh 'bond'; LR 397).

ristennin pp. pl. 'cut'; cf. *ristannen, pl. *ristennin < *rista- 'to cut' (LR 384) + pp. marker.

fae n. 'spirit'; cf. Sindarin form of Fanor: Faenor (PM 343).

narchannen pp. '*broken, rent'; cf. *narcha- 'to rend' (LR 374) + pp. marker.

lach n. '(leaping) flame' (S 433).

Anor n. 'Sun' (LR 348).

ed prep. 'forth, out'; cf. ed- 'forth, out' (LR 356). 

ardhon n. 'world' (PM 348).

gwannen pp. 'left'; cf. gwanna- 'leave' (LR 397) + pp. marker.

Mithrandir name 'Grey Pilgrim'; cf. mith '(pale) grey' + *randir 'wanderer, pilgrim' (see below).

interj. 'O!' (Letters 308).

randir n. 'wanderer, pilgrim'; cf. Noldorin rhandir (LR 383). 

vithren adj. 'grey'; lenited form of mithren (UT 436).

-reniathach v. 'you will not stray'; - negative prefix + renia- 'to stray' (LR 384) + -tha future tense marker + *-ch '2nd sg: you'. 

i art. 'the' (LR 361, Letters 308).

amar n. 'the world' (LR 372). 

galen adj. 'green'; lenited form of calen (LR 362, S 429, Letters 282).

reniad n. 'the journey'; < renia- (see above) + -ad gerundial suffix.

ln  pron. 'your'; enclitic form of *ln; cf. le 'to thee' (LotR II:I) and nn 'my' (UT 40).

ne prep. 'in; of'; reduced form of ned (SD 129-31).

mr  n. (mr) 'darkness' (LR 373, Letters 382).

nuithannen pp. 'stopped'; cf. nuitha- 'to prevent from coming to completion, etc.' (WJ 413) + pp. marker.

 

Quenya

 

ilfirin adj. 'undying; immortal'.

nairelma  n. 'our lament; *our regret'; cf. naire 'lament' + -lma 'our'.

nauva v. fut. '[it] will be'.

relative pron. 'what; who'.

ullume adv. 'not for ever; yet'; cf. - 'not' + lme 'time'.

nucuvalme v. fut. 'we will cast all away'.

melme n. 'love'. [In the lyrics it reads erroneously melma]

nren n. Dat. 'for land, country, people'; cf. nre 'country, land, dwelling-place, region where certain people live, race, clan'. [In the lyrics it reads erroneously noren]

sina pron. 'this'.

 

 

Quenya

 

12. Namrie: featured in The Great River.

Verse 1 is a fragment of the Galadriel's Lament (The Fellowship of the Ring book), verse 2 are Elendil's words when he came to Middle-earth after the Downfall of Nmenor, repeated by Aragorn at his coronation (The Return of the King book). These Quenya lyrics are by J.R.R. Tolkien. Verse 1 is sung during the Fellowship's departure from Lrien, verse 2 during the passing of Argonath.

 

Verse 1

Chorus in Quenya

 

Ai! laurie lantar lassi srinen,

yni notime ve ramar aldaron!

yni ve linte...

 

'Alas! golden leaves fall in the wind,

long years numberless as [the] wings of trees!

Long years like swift...'

 

Verse 2

Chorus in Quenya

 

Et Erello Endorenna utlien. 

Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn' Ambar-metta!

 

'Out of the Great Sea to Middle-earth I am come. 

In this place I will abide, and my heirs, unto the ending of the world'

 

Detailed analysis can be found in Tolkien's books and in Ardalambion.

 

 

Sindarin


13. Amon Hen:
Departure of Boromir

Words by J.R.R. Tolkien, translated into Sindarin and Quenya by David Salo.

As per directors commentary, this poem is included in the text when Boromir is slain. We do not love the sword for its brightness,

Nor the arrow for its swiftness Nor the warrior for his glory We only love that which they defend.

 

Sindarin

 

-velin i vegil an aegas  [?]
egor i bilin a linnas
[?]

 

'I-do-not-love the sword for sharpness,

or the arrow for swiftness'

 

Quenya

 

... i alda helda [?]
i ehtel lin(d)a.
[?]
Manna lelyaly
[?]
Voromir...
[?]
canelya ... (?)dess si .... (?)mas
[?]

'... the tree naked
the spring beautiful.
Where-to you-go
Boromir...
your-valour... ?-in now ... ?

 


The choir score reads:

 

Eh-gawr Ee Bee-leen

Ah Leen-nahss

Oo-veh-leen Ee Veh-gheel

Ahn Ay-gahss

Eh-gawr Ee Bee-leen

Ah Leen

Ee Ahl-dah Hel-dah

Ee Ekh-tel-leh Lee-nah

Mahn-nah Lel-yahl-yeh

Vaw-raw-mee-reh

Kaah-nahl-yah Des-seh See Mahs


 


 

Sindarin


14. Amon Hen:
The Seduction of the Ring

Words by J.R.R. Tolkien, translated into Sindarin by David Salo.

Found also in The Forbidden Pool in the TTT soundtrack

 

Quenya

 

i tuo...
i macil...
... (a?)staldaron...
mariny... cor...
i tuo...
i macil...
a lelyat
trenna...
i tuo...


'the strength...
the sword...
... of-the-valiant (?)...
I-live... ring (?)...
the strength...
the sword...
let they go (?)
to-victory...
the strength...'

 

 


The choir score reads:

 

Ee Too-aw

Ee Mah-keel

Stahl-dah rawn

Mow-ree Nye Kawr

 

Ee Too-aw

Ee Mah-keel

Ah Lel-yaht

Too-ren

Ee Too-ah


 


 

Quenya

 

15. May It Be

Lyrics by Roma Ryan, composed and performed by Enya, translated into Quenya by David Salo.

 

Solo [by Enya] in Quenya

 

Morni utli

Morni alanti

 

'Darkness has come'

'Darkness has fallen down'

 

morni n. 'darkness'. 

utli v. 'has come'; tul- 'come'.

alanti v. 'has fallen down'; lanta- 'fall down'.

 

 

∙ Sindarin ∙

 

16. O Queen Beyond the Western Seas

Lyrics by J.R.R. Tolkien (from The Fellowship of the Ring). Performed by David Long with Plan 9 (David Donaldson, Stephen Rocha, Janet Roddick.)

 

 

[Our friend, Frederick has found out that the song of the Elves is the literal Sindarin translation of Tolkien's poem Snow-white! Snow-white! from Chapter Three Is Company in The Fellowship of the Ring:

 

O Light to us that wander here
Amid the world of woven trees!
Gilthoniel! O Elbereth!
Clear are thy eyes and bright thy breath!

 

Below there is the ultimate version of this lyric, sent to Taramiluiel by David Salo. See here.]

 

Solo [by Elizabeth Fraser?] in Sindarin

 

Sound file [491 KB]

 

A Bereth thar Ennui Aeair!
Calad ammen i reniar
Mi 'aladhremmin ennorath.
A Elbereth Gilthoniel
i chin a thl ln mriel...

 

'O Queen beyond the Western Seas!

O light to us that wander 

Amid the tree-woven middle-lands.
O Elbereth Star-kindler
the eyes and breath your [are] shining-like-jewels...'

 

A interj. 'O!'.

Bereth n. 'queen'; cf. Sindarin Elbereth 'Queen of Stars'.

thar prep. 'beyond'.

Ennui Aeair n. 'Western Seas'; pl. of Annn Aear 'Westen Sea'.

calad n. 'light'.

ammen pron. 'to us'.

i  pron. 'who; that'.

reniar v. 'wander'; renia- 'to stray' (LR 384) + -r '3rd pl.: they.

mi prep. 'in; amid'.

'aladhremmin adj. 'tree-woven', pl. of galadhremmen.

ennorath n. 'middle-earth'.

i art. 'the (pl.)'.

chin n. 'eyes'.

a conj. 'and'.

thl n. 'breath' (LR 393).

ln pron. 'your'.

mriel v. 'shining like jewels'.

 

∙ Sindarin ∙

 

17. Song to Tinviel: featured in Flight to the Ford and in Extended FotR on DVD

Lyrics by J.R.R. Tolkien, performed by Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), translated into Sindarin by David Salo (?). Found in the FotR DVD Extended Edition Appendices under "Music". It's also sung in the beginning of Flight to the Ford.

 

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Aragorn singing Lay of Leithian

 

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Song lyrics from the FotR DVD Extended Edition

 

 

Solo [by Viggo Mortensen] in Sindarin

 

Sound file  [245 KB]

 

Tinviel elvanui

Elleth alfirin edhelhael

O hon ring finnil fuinui 

A renc gelebrin thiliol...

 

'Tinviel [the] elven-fair,

Immortal maiden elven-wise, 

About him cast [her] night-dark hair,

And arms [like] silver glimmering...'

 

[compare this text with a fragment of Aragorn's song in the book by J.R.R. Tolkien (LotR, Book I, Chapter A Knife in the Dark): 

 

Tinviel the elven-fair,

Immortal maiden elven-wise,

About him cast her shadowy hair

And arms like silver glimmering...]

 

Tinviel n. 'nightingale, daughter of twilight' (name that Beren gave to Lthien). 

elvanui adj., n. 'elven-fair'; el- 'Elvish' + *vanui, lenited form of *banui 'fair, beautiful' (cf. BAN- in LR 351).

elleth n. fem. 'elf-maid' (WJ 363-4).

alfirin adj. 'immortal' (Letters 402).

edhelhael adj., n. 'elven-wise'; edhel- 'elf' + hael, lenited form of *sael 'wise'.

o prep. 'about, concerning' (LR 378).

hon pron. 'he, him' (LR 385).

ring v. pret.. 'cast'; *rig- 'cast, wreathe (cf. RIG- 'twine, wreathe' in LR 383).

finnil n. pl. '(braided) hair'; sg. finnel (LR 387).

fuinui adj. 'nightly, dark'; cf.  fuin 'night, gloom, darkness' (LR 354) + -ui 'adjectival suffix'.

a conj. 'and'.

renc n. pl. 'arms'; sg. ranc (LR 382).

gelebrin adj. pl. 'like silver'; sg. gelebren, lenited form of celebren 'like silver' (LR 365).

thiliol v. part. 'glistering, glimmering'; cf. thilia- 'glister' (LR 392).

 


 

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