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A Elbereth Gilthoniel

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A Elbereth Gilthoniel is an aerlinn (poem) of [[Rivendell]] addressed to [[Varda]], sung in [[Sindarin]] and in iambic tetrameter. The first stanza (the only one known) rhymes aababcc.  
 
A Elbereth Gilthoniel is an aerlinn (poem) of [[Rivendell]] addressed to [[Varda]], sung in [[Sindarin]] and in iambic tetrameter. The first stanza (the only one known) rhymes aababcc.  
  
A Elbereth Gilthoniel-
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:A Elbereth Gilthoniel
Silivren penna míriel-
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:Silivren penna míriel
o menel aglar elenath!-
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:o menel aglar elenath!
Na-chaered palan-díriel-
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:Na-chaered palan-díriel
o galadhremmin Ennorath,-
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:o galadhremmin Ennorath,
Fanuilos, le linnathon-
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:Fanuilos, le linnathon
nef aear, si nef Aearon.  
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:nef aear, si nef Aearon.  
  
 
Which translates as  
 
Which translates as  
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on this side of ocean, here on this side of the Great Ocean!  
 
on this side of ocean, here on this side of the Great Ocean!  
  
The rest of it is not saved but it is possible that 'Oh Snowhite' is a Westron translation or variation of this aerlinn.  
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The rest of it is not saved but it is possible that 'Oh Snow-white' is a Westron translation or variation of this aerlinn.  
  
 
[[Category:Poems]]
 
[[Category:Poems]]

Revision as of 00:58, 22 April 2006

A Elbereth Gilthoniel is an aerlinn (poem) of Rivendell addressed to Varda, sung in Sindarin and in iambic tetrameter. The first stanza (the only one known) rhymes aababcc.

A Elbereth Gilthoniel
Silivren penna míriel
o menel aglar elenath!
Na-chaered palan-díriel
o galadhremmin Ennorath,
Fanuilos, le linnathon
nef aear, si nef Aearon.

Which translates as

O Elbereth Starkindler- (white) glittering slants down- sparkling like jewels- from [the] firmament [the] glory [of] the star-host!- To-remote distance far-having gazed - from [the] tree-tangled middle-lands,- Fanuilos, to thee I will chant- on this side of ocean, here on this side of the Great Ocean!

The rest of it is not saved but it is possible that 'Oh Snow-white' is a Westron translation or variation of this aerlinn.