Ai lintulind(ov)a Lasselanta
San rotser simpetalla pinqe,
N·alalmino hyá lanta lasse
Ai lindórea Lasselanta
elm-tree falling one by one
with its many swallows,
pipes playing their thin music,
elm-tree here a leaf falls,
singing at dawn Fall
Narqelion "Autumn" is the first poem J. R. R. Tolkien composed in one of his Elvish languages. The manuscript by which we know it bears the dates of November 1915 to March 1916, presumably the period at which it was composed. There is no translation, but most of the poem can be elucidated today.
Narqelion was published for the first time in full in the fanzine Mythlore (n° 56, hiver 1988, p. 48), together with an interpretation by Paul Nolan Hyde. Patrick Wynne and Christopher Gilson propounded another one in 1990 in Parma Eldalamberon n° 9. Afterwards, the Qenya Lexicon was published an greatly increased knowledge about the first states of Qenya ; as a consequence the poem was newly published in 1999 in Vinyar Tengwar n° 40, with a facsimile of the manuscript, a transcription, a detailed analysis and two translations (a literal version and a freer poetic rendering) by Christopher Gilson. The texts we give here come from his work.
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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