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O Sauron túle nukumna...

...lantaner Turkildi nu·huinenna...

...Tar-Kalion ohtakáre Valannar...

...Númeheruvi Arda sakkante lenéme Ilúvatáren...

...ëari ullier i·kilyanna...

...Númenóre ataltane...



Vahaiya sín Andóre.

Haiya vahaiya síne atalante.
And Sauron came humbled...

...the Princes of Men fell under the shadow...

...Tar-Kalion made war upon the Valar...

...the Lords of the West rent the Earth with leave of Ilúvatar...

...that seas should flow into the chasm...

...Númenor fell down...



Far away now is the Land of Gift.

Far, far away now is the Downfallen.

Commentary
In the narrative frame of The Notion Club Papers, these fragments with others in Adûnaic are heard in dream by Alwin Arundel Lowdham; they are evidently extracts of a lament about the fall of Númenor. The translation is composed after the interlinear glosses of the source.

The development of these texts is very complex; we give the final version from Sauron Defeated p. 247. The same book gives earlier versions at pp. 310-311. Besides, The Lost Road, Tolkien’s unfinished novel, of which The Notion Club Papers are an expanded rewriting, includes very similar bits of Qenya and in the same context.

We heartily recommend to those who wish to delve deeper in these matters Aleš Bičan’s excellent essay The Atalante Fragments, that can be downloaded from his website (Elm) and is available too in the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship's article selection.

The text is transcribed in sarati or “letters of Rúmil”, written vertically from top to bottom and from left to right. The signs are used according to Tolkien’s valuation for Quenya. We made use of Måns Björkman’s typeface Sarati Eldamar.

References
Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel. Sauron Defeated – The End of the Third Age: The History of The Lord of the Rings, part four & The Notion Club Papers & The Drowning of Anadûnê. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. London: HarperCollins, 2002. 482 p. (The History of Middle-earth; IX). ISBN 0-261-10305-9.
Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel. The Lost Road and other writings: Language and Legend before The Lord of the Rings. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. London: HarperCollins, 1993. 455 p. (The History of Middle-earth; V). ISBN 0-261-10225-7.

The works of John Ronald Reuel and Christopher Tolkien are under the copyright of their authors and/or rights holders, including their publishers and the Tolkien Estate.
Quotations from other authors, editors and translators mentioned in the bibliography are under the copyright of their publishers, except for those whose copyright term has ended.
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