Quenya 

a aina maria arca atarmë

Holy Mary, pray for us

The tenth line of Tolkien’s Quenya translation of the Litany of Loreto prayer (VT44/12). The first word is the vocative a “O” followed by aina Maria = “holy Mary”. The fourth word is the aorist form of the verb arca- “to pray”. The fifth word atarme is the preposition atar “for” combined with the pronoun me “us”. A similar construction was used in version I of the sixth line of the Aia María prayer (VT43/26).

Decomposition: Broken into its constituent elements, this phrase would be:

> a Aina Maria arca atar-me = “✱o Holy Mary pray for-us”

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  • A Aina Maria arca atarme ✧ VT44/12