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A Elbereth Gilthoniel
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Sindarin
Tengwar

] ljwl7l3 s`j3h6`lj
A Elbereth Gilthoniel
O Elbereth Star-kindler,
8`j`r7l6 ql5] y`V7`lj
silivren penna míriel
white glittering and sparkling like jewels
h yl6lj ]sj]7 ljl6]3 Á
o menel aglar elenath!
the glory of the star-host slants down from the firmament!
6]d]l7l2 q]j]62`V7`lj
Na-chaered palan-díriel
Having gazed afar
h s]j]47lt`6 l5h7]3 =
o galadhremmin ennorath,
from the tree-tangled lands of Middle-earth,
e]6.Öjh8 jl j`5]3h6
Fanuilos le linnathon
to thee, Everwhite, will I sing
6lr ]l]7 = 8`V 6lr ]l]7h6 Á
nef aear, sí nef aearon!
on this side of the ocean, here on this side of the Great Ocean.

Commentary
A Elbereth Gilthoniel is a fragment of a 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 Eldamar”.

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.

The text is transcribed in tengwar or “letters of Fëanor” according to the mode of Beleriand created by Tolkien and illustrated for instance by the Moria gate inscription in The Lord of the Rings, book II, chapter 4. We made use of Måns Björkman’s typeface Tengwar Parmaite.

References
Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel. The Lord of the Rings. London: HarperCollins, 1999. 3 vol. ISBN 0-261-10235-1.
Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel & Swann, Donald. The Road Goes Ever On: a song cycle. Poems and decorations by J. R. R. Tolkien, music by Donald Swann. London: HarperCollins, 2002. 84 p. ISBN 0-00-713655-2.

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