A Elbereth Gilthoniel
O Elbereth Star-kindler, white glittering and sparkling like jewels the glory of the star-host slants down from the firmament! Having gazed afar from the tree-tangled lands of Middle-earth, to thee, Everwhite, will I sing on this side of the ocean, here on this side of the Great Ocean.
A Elbereth Gilthoniel is a piece of an hymn to Elbereth. This extract in the Sindarin language appears in The Lord of the Rings, book II, chapter 1; but another part of the hymn is evidently sung by Gildor Inglorion's company (book I, chapter 3). Both appear mixed in the last chapter of the tale (book VI, chapter 9). Tolkien left a detailed analysis in The Road Goes Ever On, with a tengwar transcription in the mode of Beleriand, in which the poem has a subtitle: Aerlinn in Edhil o Imladris "Hymn of the Elves from Imladris".
Our translation is based on Tolkien's interlinear gloss in The Road Goes Ever On. He also provided a poetic rendering of his own, less literal and rather florid.
Quotations of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Édouard Kloczko, Christopher Gilson, Patrick Wynne, Rhona Beare, Thomas Alan Shippey, Charles Kennedy, Elaine Treharne, André Crépin, Régis Boyer, François-Xavier Dillmann, Gabriel Rebourcet, Keith Bosley, Pierre-Yves Lambert, Gwyn Jones, Thomas Jones are under the copyright of their publishers.
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