Litany of Loreto
The Litany of Loreto is an unfinished translation of the Litany of Loreto into Quenya made by J.R.R. Tolkien in the 1950s. It was published in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 44, June 2002 in 2002, edited by Patrick H. Wynne, Arden R. Smith, and Carl F. Hostetter. It only covers the invocation to the Trinity and the first five titles of the Virgin Mary.
In 1944, Tolkien recommended his son Christopher to learn "the Litany of Loretto (with the prayer Sub tuum praesidium)" by heart. It was therefore logical that Tolkien created his own Quenya translation, which immediately follows in the same manuscript as the Ortírielyanna.
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- J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 54, (dated 8 January 1944)
- 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, p.11