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Galadriel's Song of Eldamar

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Galadriel's Song of Eldamar refers to a song about Eldamar, sung by Galadriel in her Swan-ship in Lothlórien for the Fellowship of the Ring.[1] It runs thus:

I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold, and leaves of gold there grew
Of wind I sang, and wind there came, and in the branches blew
Beyond the Sun, beyond the Moon, the foam was on the Sea
And by the strand of Ilmarin there grew a golden tree
Beneath the stars of Ever-eve in Eldamar it shone
In Eldamar beside the walls of Elven Tirion
There long the golden leaves have grown upon the branching years
And here beyond the Sundering Seas now fall the Elven tears
O Lorien! The Winter comes, the bare and leafless day
The leaves are falling in the stream, the river flows away
O Lorien! Too long I have dwelt upon this Hither Shore
And in a fading crown have twined the golden elanor
But if of ships I now would sing, what ship would come for me?
What ship would bear me ever back across so wide a sea?

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The earliest version of the song was published in The Treason of Isengard.[2]

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Farewell to Lórien"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "Farewell to Lórien" (viii), p. 284