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Sam’s invocation of Elbereth at Cirith Ungol, preparatory version
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Noldorin
Cirth

b`za2zRz0`rla0b@lza
O Elbereth Gilthoniel
?
flaz4Rl@`1z@@cR`nRlza
silevrin pennar óriel
.llR`c4cfzl0z@`6llRlza
hîr avas-eithen míriel
c`8llRb`6z@`rla0b@lzaP
a tíro ’men Gilthoniel!

Commentary
This first version of Sam’s invocation comes from drafts for The Lord of the Rings and was published in The War of the Ring, p. 218. Many words can be recognised, but the global meaning is difficult to get; no full and satisfactory interpretation has been published till now.

The text is transcribed in Elvish runes or cirth according to Tolkien’s given valuation in the Angerthas Daeron. We made use of Daniel Steven Smith’s typeface Cirth Erebor.

References
Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel. The War of the Ring: The History of The Lord of the Rings, part three. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. London: HarperCollins, 2002. 476 p. (The History of Middle-earth; VIII). ISBN 0-261-10223-0.

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