Elvish phrases

Tolkien composed many elvish phrases and poems throughout his life time. Who among us wouldn't recall A Elbereth Gilthoniel from the Lord of the Rings? Much of what we know (or think we know) about the elvish languages has actually been derived from these poems and fragments, whether from the original triology or from posthumously published documents.

You'll find some well-known phrases in Sindarin and Quenya beneath, and you can click on the words to open up their definitions.

Mae govannen

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Well met! Glorfindel's greeting to Aragorn.

Sindarin [LotR1/I ch. 12]

Annon edhellen, edro hi ammen! Fennas nogothrim, lasto beth lammen!

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Elvish gate open now for us! Doorway of the Dwarf-folk listen to the word of my tongue! Gandalf's commanding words by Durin's gate.

Sindarin [LotR1/II ch. 4]

Elen síla lúmenn' omentielvo!

`VjR5 8~BjE j~Mt$5" `Nt$4%`VjyYÁ

A star shines at the hour of our meeting! Frodo's greeting to the Elves.

Quenya [LotR1/I ch. 3]

Manen lambë Quendion ahyanë?

t#5$5 jEw$ zR2%`N5 `CdhÍE5$À

"How did the language of Elves change?" Ælfwine of England's question to the sage and linguist Pengoloð during his stay on Tol Eressëa.

Quenya [The Peoples of Middle-earth pp. 396]

Tôl acharn

1~Nj c#7E5

Vengeance comes (present tense). Húrin's exclamation just before he left the land of Hithlum.

Sindarin [WJ:254:301]

Guren bêd enni

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My heart tells me.

Sindarin [VT41:11]

él síla lúmena vomentienguo

~Vj 8~Bj`C j~Mt5$`C rt^1R[`Bx${`M`N

A star shines upon the hour of the meeting of our ways.

Telerin [ WJ/407]

Narn e·Dant Gondolin ar Orthad en·Êl

57E5 `Vº21E[ x2^{jY5% 6E 7Y32# 5$º~Vj

Tale of the Fall of Gondolin and the Rising of the Star

Sindarin [MR/373]

antanenyes parmanen

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I presented him with a book.

Quenya [PE17:91]

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