The Road Goes Ever On. Part 2 

translated into Sindarin by Ryszard Derdzinski

 

The Road Goes Ever On is a very important poem which, according to Professor Tolkien, was composed by Mr. Bilbo Baggins from the Shire. Its second part was composed by Frodo Baggins. I present here my Sindarin translation of this second part of The Old Walking Song Adel i vennas which comes from The Lord of the Rings, Book VI, The Grey Havens (pp. 326-327). You should see also its first part by Bilbo Baggins.

 

 

Adel i vennas dartha aen
    I ven eden, annon thurin;
Ar ae na-lim im bant nef hain,
    I aur telitha na-vedui
Ir aphadathon i min haill
    annn od Ithil, rhn 'd Anar.

 

Original poem by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Still round the corner there may wait
    A new road or a secret gate;
And though I oft have passed them by,
    A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
    West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

 

Word-for-word translation

 

Behind the corner waits maybe

    The road new, gate secret;

And though often I went near them,

    The day will-come at-last

When I-will-follow the roads hidden

    West of Moon, east of Sun.

 

Notes (selected comments)

 

Most words can be found in the standard dictionaries. The form *ae 'if; though' comes from D. Salo's movie dialogs (cf. Quenya ai- 'if-'). The adverb *na-lim is to represent English 'often' (cf. *lim 'many', and na-vedui 'at last': *na-lim 'at many = often'. The form 'd is my elision of od 'from' - it's a poetical elision due to the metrum.

 

 

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