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a elbereth gilthoniel

A Elbereth Gilthoniel

A Sindarin song in praise of Elbereth, from the Fellowship of the Ring (LotR/238), generally known by its first line: A Elbereth Githoniel. There is a related invocation spoken by Samwise in the Two Towers (LotR/729), which is often treated as a “second verse” of this poem. Both verses are untranslated in The Lord of the Rings, but Tolkien wrote extensive commentary on the poem(s) in RGEO/63-67. A translation of Sam’s invocation also appears on Let/278.

Elements

WordGloss
a Elbereth Gilthoniel“o Elbereth who lit the stars”
silivren penna míriel“from glittering crystal slanting falls with light like jewels”
o menel aglar elenath“from heaven on high the glory of the starry host”
na-chaered palan-díriel“to lands remote I have looked afar”
o galadhremmin ennorath“from tree-tangled middle-lands”
Fanuilos, le linnathon“and now to thee, Fanuilos, bright spirit clothed in ever-white, I will ... sing”
nef aear, sí nef aearon“here ... beyond the Sea, beyond the wide and sundering Sea”
a Elbereth Gilthoniel“o Elbereth who lit the stars”
o menel palan-diriel“from heaven gazing far”
le nallon sí di’nguruthos“here overwhelmed in dread of Death I cry”
a tiro nin, Fanuilos“o guard me, Elbereth”

a elbereth gilthoniel

o Elbereth who lit the stars

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Elements

WordGloss
a“O!”
Elbereth“Queen of Stars, (lit.) Star-queen”
Gilthoniel“Star-kindler”

Variations

  • [A Elbereth Gilthoniel] ✧ Let/278; RGEO/64
  • A Elbereth Gilthoniel ✧ LotR/0238; LotR/0729; LotR/1028; PE17/020; PE17/021; PE17/021; PE17/021; PE17/021; PE17/021; RGEO/63; RGEO/64
  • Gilthoniel, A! Elbereth ✧ LotR/1028
  • A Elbereth Gil-thoniel ✧ RGEO/64
Sindarin [Let/278; LotR/0238; LotR/0729; LotR/1028; PE17/020; PE17/021; RGEO/63; RGEO/64] Group: Eldamo. Published by

a elbereth gilthoniel

o Elbereth who lit the stars

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