Tolkien Reads a Poem in Elvish (Namarie.Fellowship of the Ring)

Source: OpenCulture, Sep 2012

Tolkien himself recites the Elvish poem Namarie, or Galadriel’s lament, from The Fellowship of the Ring novel (it doesn’t appear in the film). Namarie translates as “Farewell,” and the poem in English reads thus:

Ah! like gold fall the leaves in the wind, long years
numberless as the wings of trees! The long years
have passed like swift draughts of the sweet mead
in lofty halls beyond the West, beneath the blue
vaults of Varda wherein the stars tremble in the
song of her voice, holy and queenly.

Who now shall refill the cup for me?

For now the Kindler, Varda, the Queen of Stars,
from Mount Everwhite has uplifted her hands like
clouds, and all paths are drowned deep in shadow;
and out of a grey country darkness lies on the
foaming waves between us, and mist covers the
jewels of Calacirya for ever. Now lost, lost for
those from the East is Valimar!

Farewell! Maybe thou shalt find Valimar. Maybe
even thou shalt find it. Farewell!

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