Galadriel's Farewell

 

Ai! laurië lantar lassi súrinen!

Yéni únótimë ve rámar aldaron,

yéni ve lintë yuldar vánier

mi oromardi lisse-miruvóreva

Andúnë pella Vardo tellumar

nu luini yassen tintilar i eleni

ómaryo airetári-lírinen.

 

Sí man i yulma nin enquantuva?

 

An sí Tintallë Varda Oiolossëo

ve fanyar máryat Elentári ortanë,

ar ilyë tier undulávë lumbulë;

ar sindanóriello caita mornië

i falmalinnar imbe met, ar hísië

untúpa Calaciryo míri oialë.

Sí vanwe ná, Rómello vanwa, Valimar!

 

Namárië! Nai hiruvalyë Valimar.

Nai elyë hiruva. Namárië!

 

~As sung by Galadriel (The Fellowship of the Ring - Book 2, Ch. 8 "Farewell to Lórien")

 

 

laurië - like gold
lassi - leaves
súri - wind
yéni - years
alda - tree
miruvóre - cordial of the Eldar
andúnië - west
Vardo - Varda
eleni - stars
sí - now

Oiolossëo - Mount Everwhite
Elentári - Queen of the stars?
undómë - twilight
sind - grey?
mor - black
fal - coast
hísië - mist
Calaciryo - Calacirya
míri - jewels
rómen - east
namárië - farewell

Ah! like gold fall the leaves in the wind, long years numberless as the wings of trees! The long years have passed like swift draughts of the sweet mead, in lofty halls beyond the West beneath the blue vaults of Varda wherein the stars tremble in the song of her voice, holy and queenly.

Who now shall refill the cup for me?

For now the kindler, Varda, the Queen of the Stars, from Mount Everwhite has uplifted her hands like clouds, and all paths are drowned deep in shadow; and out of a grey country darkness lies on the foaming waves between us, and mist covers the jewels of Calacirya for ever. Now lost, lost to those from the East is Valimar!

Farewell! Maybe thou shalt find Valimar. Maybe even thou shalt find it. Farewell!

 

 

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Last updated: July 11, 2001