Valaquenta Fragment in Quenya
by Ryszard Derdzinski
I present here a Quenya translation of the Valaquenta being a part of The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. For a more archaic Quendya version of this text see here. Valaquenta Fragment is a more or less literal Quenya translation of the first page of Valaquenta as published in The Silmarillion, p. 27. The first version of this text was published in Little Gwaihir No. 17, March 1991. That text, full of mistakes, was republished in Vinyar Tengwar No. 19, September 1991. Next corrected and annoteted version of my Valaquenta Fragment was included in English version of Nyellinkë Eldarin No. 2, 1997, p. 14-17. Below you will find the newest version of this text, its tengwar transcription and English translation.
Valar ar Maiaron nótië sivë Eldaron nólessë
Mi yessë Eru i Eldarinen
Ilúvatar estaina ná
óntanë i Ainur sanweryallo;
ar entë tyalle i Lindalë meletya nu mahalmarya.
Sina Lindalello Ilúves yesserya; an Ilúvatar sinë Ainuron lindalen annë canta cénina
ar cennentes vë calma morniessë.
Ento nótimë tellon emélier vanimië
ar lúmequentaleryá ya cennentë yestala
ar palyala vë oloressë.
Ento Ilúvatar annë olorentan i Ëala
ar panneryes Erumassë ar martyaneryes i Muinanárë
an urië Iluo óressë;
ar nes estaina
San sinë Ainullon i mernentes
ortaner ar tuller Ëanna
mi Lúmeo yessë;
ar mernentë tyaries anwa
ar quatië carmantainen
i olor ya cennentë.
Andave carnentë Ëo ménassen
yar ëa landë
pella Eldar ar Atanion sanwë,
tenna marta-lúmessë cantana né Arda.
Ento teltanentë Ardava fanainen,
entonna tullentë ar marnentë entossë.
Meletyar sinë fairellon Eldar i Valar estir
ar Atani estir te ilúvatari.
Otso ëar Valaron Herur
ar otso ëar
Valaron Herir - Valier.
Sin estimmet Quenyanen Valinóreva
nán harintë avë essi Endoréva Eldalambessen
ar Atanion lambínen essentar nar únótimë.
Sin nar essi Valaiva:
Manwë, Ulmo, Aulë,
Oromë, Mandos, Lórien ar Tulcas.
Ar Valieiva essi nar:
Varda, Yavanna, Nienna,
Estë, Vairë, Vána ar Nessa.
Melcor úyë nótina Valannar
ar esserya úyë quénta
Tale of the Valar. Account of the Valar and Maiar according to the lore of the Eldar.
In the beginning Eru, the One, who in the Elvish tongue is named Ilúvatar, made the Ainur of his thought: and they made a great Music before him. In this Music the World was begun; for Ilúvatar made visible the song of the Ainur, and they beheld it as light in the darkness. And many among them became enamoured of its beauty, and of its history which they saw beginning and unfolding as in a vision. Therefore Ilúvatar gave to their vision Being, and set it amid the Void, and the Secret Fire was sent to burn at the heart of the World; and it was called Eä.
Then those of the Ainur who desired it arose and entered into the World, at the beginning of Time; and it was their task to achieve it, and by their labours to fulfil the vision which they had seen. Long they laboured in the regions of Eä, which are vast beyond the thought of Elves and Men, until in the time appointed was made Arda, the Kingdom of Earth. Then they put on the raiment of Earth and descended into it, and dwelt therein [...].
(The Silmarillion, p. 27)