Phrases

Gilraen's Linnod

The only known example of a linnod, a certain type of Sindarin poetry.

This verse probably consists out of two parts with 7 syllables each with the stress pattern XxxXxXx (X = stressed syllable, x = unstressed syllable), and the following metre:

¯ ˘ ˘ | ¯ ˘ ˘ | ̆ || ¯ ˘ ˘ | ¯ ˘ ˘ | ̆

¯ = long syllable

˘ = short syllable

_̆ = short or long syllable

One thing to note about Tolkien's use of the negative prefix ú- was later explained as with the sense 'bad, uneasy, hard', adding:

úchebin will mean not 'I do not keep', but 'I cannot keep'. [PE22/160]

For a more contemporary negative prefix, see law-/ló-.

Source [LotR, PE17/117, PE22/160]. Published 2017-07-22T12:29:08+00:00 and edited 2017-07-22T12:39:27+00:00 by Elaran