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Voronwë’s cry
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Sindarin
Tengwar

]j]l Á l7l2 l6 ldh7`]3 =
l7l2 lw{]7 6`V6 Á
Alae! Ered en Echoriath,
ered e·mbar nín!
Behold! The mountains of Echoriath,
the mountains of my home!

Commentary
From the narrative Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin in Unfinished Tales. This cry is uttered by the Elf Voronwë, Tuor’s guide, when they come near Gondolin.

The sense is given in note, except for alae where our translation is hypothesized from the context. It is in any case an interjection, in which expressing emotion is more important than meaning.

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. Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. London: HarperCollins, 1998. 611 p. ISBN 0-261-10362-8.

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