Quenta Silmarillion Fragment: 'Of the coming of the Elves'
by Ryszard Derdzinski
Varda, 'The Exalted', 'The Lofty', 'The Sublime' (the name being a Quenya translation of the Valarin title) also named in Quenya Elentári 'Lady of the Stars' and Tintallë 'The Kindler'. She is the greatest of the Valier, the spouse of Manwë, dwelling with him on Taniquetil. The Sindar in Middle-earth called her Elbereth Gilthoniel 'Star-Queen Kindler of the Stars'. This short poem was first published in the Elvish Linguistic Calendar. In its author's intention it is a text written by Pengolodh. See Quenta Silmarillion Eldalambenen Project. Below I present my artwork Varda the Star-Kindler and a small glossary.
Equë Quendingoldo mí Quenta Silmarillion:
Varda autanë Máhanaxar ar cendanë Taniquetilwa aicassello ar cennë Endorëo mornië nu únótimë elellí, nan nécë ar hairë. San yestaneryë i carma meletya, analta ilyë Valaron carmar tulessentallo Ardanna. Calpaneryë rossi telperini Telperiono calpallon ar i rosseinen ontaneryë i elellí vinye ar calimë or yárë Yestanession tulessenna; yallo eryë yo essë lúmëo yáwellon ar ilyë Ëo carmallon né Tintallë, apa Eldainen estina né Elentári.
Carnil ar Luinil, Nénar ar Lumbar, Alcarinquë ar Elemmírë panyaneryë tana lúmessë, ar nótimë yárë eleni hostaneryë ar ortaneryet ve tehtar menelessë Ardo: Wilwarin, Telumendil, Soronúmë, Anarríma ar Menelmacar heltaryassë calima i apaquetë Ohta Metima Ambar-mettassë; ar táravë formenna vë tultië Melcorenna së panyanë i rië otso elenion – Valacirca – ambarto tehta.
Then Varda went forth from the council, and she looked out from the height of Taniquetil, and beheld the darkness of Middle-earth beneath the innumerable stars, faint and far. Then she began a great labour, greatest of all the works of the Valar since their coming into Arda. She took the silver dews from the vats of Telperion, and therewith she made new stars and brighter against the coming of the Firstborn; wherefore she whose name out of the deeps of time and the labours of Ea was Tintallë, the Kindler, was called after by the Elves Elentári, Queen of the Stars. Carnil and Luinil, Nénar and Lumbar, Alcarinquë and Elemmírë she wrought in that time, and many other of the ancient stars she gathered together and set as signs in the heavens of Arda: Wilwarin, Telumendil, Soronúmë, and Anarríma; and Menelmacar with his shining belt, that forebodes the Last Battle that shall be at the end of days. And high in the north as a challenge to Melkor she set the crown of seven mighty stars to swing, Valacirca, the Sickle of the Valar and sign of doom [...]" (The Silmarillion, p. 52)
*yesta- 'to begin'
*carma 'work, labour'
*tulessë 'coming' (n.)
*táravë 'high' (adv.)