The Sub Tuum Praesidium is the oldest known hymn to Virgin Mary and is often used in Christian services as a prelude to the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (also known as the Litany of Loreto). In 1944, Tolkien recommended his son Christopher to learn "the Litany of Loretto [sic] (with the prayer Sub tuum praesidium)" by heart. It was therefore logical that Tolkien created his own Quenya Litany of Loreto, which was written on the manuscript as the Ortírielyanna.
|Ortírielyanna rucimme, Aina Eruontari. Alalye nattira arcandemmar sangiessemman, ono alye eterúna me illume ilya raxellor, alcarin Vénde ar manaquenta.||We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin.|
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 54, (dated 8 January 1944). Note: Vinyar Tengwar erroneously gives the reference Letter 66.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, "'Words of Joy': Five Catholic Prayers in Quenya — Part Two" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne, Arden R. Smith, and Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 44, June 2002