Tara's Sindarin Phrasebook

A Note about Sindarin Phrases:

Lack of attested vocabulary in Sindarin results in the need to use unattested, reconstructed, or constructed words. I will try to note when a word is unattested. This is a difficult language to learn and I am fallible. If you believe I have made an error, please let me know via email.

A Note about Grelvish:

The Grey Company is a group of computer game role-players who wanted to emulate Tolkien's Elves of Middle-earth, but found the languages too difficult to learn. So they took a pinch of Quenya and a tablespoon of Sindarin, then stirred in a cup of nonsense, a spoonful of indifference, and a pinch of disdain. The result is not-so-affectionately referred to as "Grelvish" by those who study Tolkien's work; it makes a mockery of his brilliant linguistic skills.

Unfortunately for those wishing to write stories about Elves or role-play an Elven character, the choices have been to use those phrases, spend months learning the actual language, or use no elvish at all. Thus Grelvish has spread throughout the internet, often to completely unsuspecting fans of Tolkien's mythos. I offer here Sindarin translations of the list of Elven Phrases created by the Grey Company, in addition to other phrases that may be of use. (I confess, some of their phrases are so absurdly unelven I will not translate them.)

Please feel free to make use of these phrases, let your Elves be true to the tree-woven lands of Middle-earth.

~ Greetings ~ Farewells ~ Titles of Address ~ Conversation ~ Small-talk ~
~ Questions & Answers ~ Compliments ~ Romance ~ Endearments ~
~ Adventuring ~ Exclamations ~ Pleas/Entreaties ~ In Trouble ~
~ Insults ~ Threats ~ Battle Cries ~ Battle Phrases ~ Healing Spells/Chants ~
~ Professions ~ Days ~ Months ~ Seasons ~ Holidays ~ The Valar and Maiar ~

~ Greetings ~

Greetings (everyone/friend) ~ Suilad (penath/mellon) (can also use suil)
Well met ~ Mae govannen
Welcome ~ Mae tollen
Welcome home ~ Mae tollen na mar
Welcome back ~ Mae athollen
It is my joy to see you ~ Glass nn le/gen cened
It is my joy to see you again ~ Glass nn le/gen achened
A star shines on the occasion of our meeting ~ l sla nan l e-govaded vn
It is my joy to meet you ~ Glass nn le/gen govaded
I haven't seen you for a long time ~ Anann le/gen -gennin
My heart sings to see you ~ Guren linna le/gen cened

~ Farewells ~ Back to the Top ~

Farewell ~ Navaer
Have a good journey ~ Garo lend vaer
I hope you will have a good journey ~ Harthon gerithach lend vaer
Good day/evening/night ~ Aur/aduial/fuin vaer
Have a good day/evening/night ~ Garo aur/aduial/fuin vaer
Good hunting ~ Rui/farad vaer
Fair winds ~ Suil vain
May useful winds speed you on ~ Hortho le huil vaer
I hope you will have kind seas ~ Harthon gerithach aeair vilui
Sweet waters and light laughter until next we meet ~ Nn velui a lalaith veren nal en-agovaded vn
I hope you will have green paths and a breeze behind you ~ Harthon gerithach raid gelin a chwest adel thraw ln
I hope you will have green and golden paths ~ Harthon gerithach raid gelin a melthin
May the leaves of your life tree never wither ~ Pelo nal i laiss en-Galadh Guil ln
My heart shall weep until I see thee again ~ Guren nallatha nal achenin le
Nothing will stop the weeping of my heart until our reunion ~ Unad nuithatha i nr e-guren nal aderthad vn
Rest well ~ Hodo vae
Sleep well ~ Losto vae
Sweet dreams ~ Elei velui
May you dream well tonight ~ Oltho vae ne fuin hen
I hope to see you there ~ Harthon cened le ennas
I hope to see you at this time ~ Harthon cened le nan l hen

~ Titles of Address ~ Back to the Top ~

My friend/friends ~ mellon/mellyn nn
My son/daughter ~ ion/iell nn
My father/mother ~ adar/naneth nn
My dad/mom ~ ada/nana nn
My brother/sister ~ muindor/muinthel nn
My sworn brother/sister ~ gwador/gwathel nn
My husband/wife ~ hervenn/hervess nn
My Lord/Lady ~ hr/hiril nn or brannon/brennil nn
Foe of my foe ~ coth o chothen
Friend of my friend ~ mellon o mellonen
Little father (dwarf) ~ adar dithen
Bearded one (dwarf) ~ fangon
Mighty one ~ belegron/belegril (m/f)
Valiant one ~ gornon/gornil (m/f)
Ancient one ~ iaron/iaril (m/f)
Wise one ~ saelon/saelil (m/f)
Loyal one ~ sadron/sadril (m/f)
My champion/hero ~ thalionen/thalielen (m/f)

~ Conversation ~ Back to the Top ~

Yes ~ Maer ("good")
No! ~ Baw!
What is your name? ~ Man i eneth ln?
___ is my name ~ ___ i eneth nn
I'm ___ ~ im ___
Please ~ iesten ("My wish")
Thanks ~ Le hannon
You're welcome ~ Glassen ("My joy")
Well done ~ Mae carnen
I understand ~ Henion
I dont understand ~ -chenion
I'm sorry ~ Naethen ("My sorrow)
Forgive me ~ Goheno nin
As you wish ~ Be iest ln
Dont worry ~ Avaro naeth ("Dont have woe)
What news? ~ Man siniath?

~ Small Talk ~ Back to the Top ~

How are you? ~ Manen le?
Im fine/good/well ~ Im maer
Im not fine/good/well ~ Im vaer
Im happy ~ Im meren
Im sad/gloomy ~ Im dem
Im tired ~ Im penorven
Im sick/ill ~ Im caeleb
Im cold ~ Im ring
Im hot ~ Im urui

~ Questions & Answers ~ Back to the Top ~

Who? ~ Ma?
What? ~ Man?
When? ~ Mar?
Where? ~ Mas?
Why? ~ Amman?
How? ~ Manen?
What is your name? ~ Man i eneth ln?
What is his/her name? ~ Man i eneth hn/hn?
What did you say? ~ Man pennich? What did he/she say? ~ Man so/se pent?
What did you see? ~ Man cennich? What did he/she see? ~ Man so/se cenn?
What do you see? ~ Man cenich? ~ What does he/she see? ~ Man so/se cn?
How are you? ~ Manen le? How is he/she? ~ Manen so/se?
Where are you going? ~ Mas ledhiach? Where is he/she going? ~ Mas ledhia?
Where are we going? ~ Mas ledhiam? Where are they going? ~ Mas sy ledhiar?
Why do you go? ~ Amman ledhiach?
Where are you [coming] from? ~ Ledhiach o man sad? Where is he/she [coming] from? ~ Ledhia o man sad?

~ Compliments ~ Back to the Top ~

You have a heart like a lion. ~ Gerich n sui raw
You are a mighty and brave warrior ~ Le maethor veleg a gornui
You are a skilled and sharp-eyed archer ~ Le pengron vaen a maecheneb
You are beautiful like a rainbow ~ Le bain sui ninniach
Your radiance shines like the moon Law ln sla sui Ithil
Love sparkles in your eyes ~ Meleth thilia min hin ln
Your radiant eyes conquered my heart ~ Hin gelair ln orthernir 'uren
Your beautiful face took my breath away ~ Thr vain ln darn thl nn
Your eyes are as beautiful as moonlight on the Sea ~ Hin ln bain sui Ithilgalad buin Aear
Your eyes are blue like the summer sky ~ Hin ln luin sui venel laer
You look good/joyous/beautiful ~ Thiach maer/meren/main
Your beauty shines brightly ~ Baneth ln sla celair
You are beautiful/so beautiful ~ Le bain/bainon

~ Romance ~ Back to the Top ~

I love you ~ Le melin
I will always love you ~ Le uivelin
I will love you forever ~ Le melithon anuir
My heart is in your hands ~ Guren min gaim ln
I believe/trust in you ~ Estelion allen
Trust in me ~ Estelio enni
You enchant me ~ Nin lithiach
Your song touches my spirit/my heart ~ Laer ln matha faeren/'uren
You lift up my heart when you look at me ~ Orthach 'uren ir tirach enni

~ Endearments ~ Back to the Top ~

My beloved/dear ~ Mell nn, Muin nn
My love ~ Meleth nn
Love of my life ~ Meleth e-guilen

~ Adventuring ~ Back to the Top ~

Silence! ~ Dn!
Listen! ~ Lasto!
Look! ~ Tiro!
Halt! ~ Daro!
Come! ~ Tolo!
Come in/Enter ~ Minno
Stand ~ Erio ("rise")
Flee! ~ Drego!
Run! ~ Noro!
Rest! ~ Hodo
Wait! ~ Dartho
(any above can be followed with h "here", ennas "there", hi "now")
Follow me! ~ Aphado nin!
Sit down ~ Havo dad

~ Exclamations ~ Back to the Top ~

Alas! ~ Nae!
At last! ~ Na vedui!
Stars! ~ Elo! (an exclamation of wonder, similar to wow! but more poetic)
Behold! ~ Alae!
No/Dont! ~ Baw!
Ah/Oh! ~ Ae!
Be gone! ~ Ego!
By the Sea and Stars! ~ Nan Aear a Geil!
By the Valar! ~ Nan Belain!

~ Pleas, Entreaties ~ Back to the Top ~

May Eru protect me/us ~ Berio nin/ven Eru
May Varda watch over me/us ~ Tiro nin/ven Elbereth
May the Valar lead me/us to safety ~Tego nin/ven i Melain am mand
May Orom be with me/us ~ No enni/ammen Araw
May Tulkas give me/us strength/courage/victory ~ Anno enni/ammen Enner vellas/gaun/dr
Lord of the Wind, guide my arrow ~ Hr e-Hl, togo bilinn nn

~ Trouble ~ Back to the Top ~

I need help! ~ Boe enni dulu!
Help me! ~ Anno dulu enni!
I need a healer! ~ Boe enni nestron!

~ Insults ~ Back to the Top ~

Your head is empty ~ Dl gn cofn or Dl gn lost
Cowardly dog! ~ H gaun!
Go kiss an orc! ~ Mtho orch!
You smell like an orc! ~ Gerich th sui orch!
I hate you! ~ Gen -velin!
Listen to my laughter! ~ Lasto al lalaith nn!
A big wind pours from your mouth ~ Slon gwanna nf gn
Son of snakes! ~ Lgion! or Ion lg!
You disgust me! ~ Gen fuion!
Youre ugly and your mother dresses you ~ Thiach uanui a naneth gn gen hamma
You are stupid ~ Ce uchand
Orc lover! ~ Orvelethron/orvelethril! (m/f)
You look hideous! ~ Thiach uanui!

~ Threats ~ Back to the Top ~

I hope the Ents eat you! ~ Harthon in enyd gen medir!
I want to hurl you into the fires of Mt. Doom! ~ Anron gen haded min noer Orodruin!
I'm going to hurl you into the fires of Mt. Doom! ~ Gen hedithon min noer Orodruin!

~ Battle Cries ~ Back to the Top ~

Death to the enemy! ~ Gurth enin goth!
Now to victory! ~ Si ath thr!
Die, hideous creature! ~ Firo, ulunn!
Death to the orcs! ~ Gurth an Glamhoth!

~ Battle Phrases ~ Back to the Top ~

They're coming ~ Sy telir
Prepare the bows! ~ Tangado i chui!
My bow shall sing with your sword ~ C/Peng nn linnatha go vagol ln
Release the arrows! ~ Leithio i philinn!
Fire the arrows! ~ Hado i philinn!
Fight! ~ Maetho!
Swords! ~ Meigol!
Protect the horses! ~ Berio idh rych!
Protect the tower/city! ~ Berio i varad/vinas!
To the tower/wall! ~ Nan barad/ram!
Kill him/it! ~ Dago hon/han!
Look out! ~ Tiro!

~ Healing ~ Back to the Top ~

Golden Sun, may your warmth bring healing to this heart ~ Anor valthen, togo laugas ln nestad enin gr hen
Great earth, may you give your strength to this body ~ Ceven dhaer, anno vellas ln enin 'raw hen
Western Winds, may your breath lift this spirit ~ Suil Annui, erio thl ln i faer hen

~ Professions ~ Back to the Top ~

Commander ~ caun
Second-in-Command ~ taidron/taidril (m/f), taidor
Mayor, Ruler ~ condir/condis (m/f)
Assistant ~ tuluron/tuluril (m/f), tuluror
Calligrapher/Secretary ~ tegilbor
Judge ~ badhron/badhril (m/f), badhor
Bard ~ glirdan
Harper ~ talagan
Singer ~ linnon/linnil (m/f), linnor
Writer ~ teithron/teithril (m/f), teithor
Painter ~ eleidan
Teacher ~ istonon/istoneth (m/f), istonor
Narrator ~ pethron/pethril (m/f), pethor
Historian ~ pennathron/pennathril (m/f), pennathor
Librarian ~ parvon/parvil (m/f), parvor
Astronomer ~ meneldir/meneldis (m/f)
Apprentice ~ aphadon/aphadil (m/f), aphador
Journeyman ~ nathron/nathril (m/f), nathor
Healer ~ nestron/nestril (m/f), nestor
Herbmaster ~ salabir/salabis (m/f), salabor
Wizard ~ curunr/curuns, ithron/ithril (m/f), ithor
Magician ~ gollor
Warrior ~ maethron, maethril (m/f), maethor
Archer ~ pengron/pengril (m/f), pengor
Swordsman ~ magron/magril (m/f), magor
Knight ~ rochir/rochiril (m/f)
Spearthrower ~ hadron/hadril (m/f), hador
Slayer/Assassin ~ dagnr/dagnis (m/f)
Soldier ~ othon/othil (m/f), othor
Watcher/Guardian ~ tirn
Hunter ~ faron/faril (m/f), faror
Forester ~ toron/toril (m/f), tauror
Mountaineer ~ orodben
Rider ~ rochon/rochil (m/f), rochor
Sailor ~ cirion/ciriel (m/f)
Shipbuilder ~ crdan (pl. crdain)
Jewelsmith ~ mrdan (pl. mrdain)
Lampwright ~ calardan (pl. calardain)
Carpenter/woodwright ~ thavron/thavril (m/f)
Potter ~ cennan
Weaver ~ nathron/nathril (m/f), nathor
Gardener ~ sannan
Cook ~ aesdan
Servant ~ buiron/buiril (m/f)
Herald ~ singyll
Blacksmith ~ angdan
Armorer ~ barvdan
Metalsmith ~ tingdan
Weaponsmith ~ hatholdan
Peddler ~ bachron/bachril (m/f), bachor
Thief ~ celegam
Pilgrim, Wanderer ~ randr/rands (m/f)

~ Days of the Week ~ Back to the Top ~

Orgilion ~ Stars-day
Oranor ~ Sun-day
Orithil ~ Moon-day
Orgaladhad ~ Two-Trees-day (in Gondor: Orgaladh)
Ormenel ~ Heavens-day
Oraearon ~ Sea-day (in Gondor only)
Orbelain ~ Powers-day (a "High Day" of celebration/ceremony, like our Sunday)

~ Months of the Year ~ Back to the Top ~

January ~ Narwain (New-Sun)
February ~ Nnui (Watery)
March ~ Gwaeron (Windy)
April ~ Gwirith
May ~ Lothron (Flowering)
June ~ Nrui (Sunny/Fiery)
July ~ Cerveth
August ~ Urui (Hot)
September ~ Ivanneth (Fruit-giving)
October ~ Narbeleth (Leaf-falling)
November ~ Hithui (Misty/Foggy)
December ~ Girithron (Shuddering)

~ Seasons ~ Back to the Top ~

Echuir ~ Stirring/Awakening (Feb 1 - Mar 26)
Ethuil ~ Spring/Budding (Mar 29 May 21)
Laer ~ Summer/Song (May 22 - Aug 1)
Iavas ~ Harvest (Aug 2 - Sep 24)
Firith ~ Fading (Sep 28 - Nov 20)
Rhw ~ Winter (Nov 21 - Jan 31)

~ Holidays ~ Back to the Top ~

Maninor ~ First Day (March 28)
Ennyn Laer ~ The Gates of Summer (May 22)
Ethuilor ~ Spring-day (September 25)
Inenedh ~ Year-Middle (September 26)
Iavasor ~ Harvest-day (September 27)
Ennyn Rhw ~ The Gates of Winter (November 21)
Penninor ~ Last Day (March 27)

~ The Valar and Maiar ~ Back to the Top ~

Manw ~ Aran Einior "Elder King",Slchir "Wind Lord", Slgon "Wind Commander"
Varda ~ Elbereth "Star Queen", Gilthoniel "Star Kindler", Fanuilos "Everwhite Veil"
Aul ~ Gaul "Inventor", Belegol "Great Inventor", Barthan "World Maker"
Yavanna ~ Ivann "Giver of Fruit"
Ulmo ~ Ulu "Pourer", Guiar, Uiar "Lord of the Enveloping Ocean
Mandos ~ Gurfannor "Master of Death", Bannos "Dread Imprisoner"
Orom ~ Araw, Tauron "The Forester", Aran Tauron "The Forester King", Tauros "Forest Terror"
Nessa ~ Neth "The Young", Dineth "Young Bride"
Vna ~ Banwen "Beautiful Maiden"
Lrien ~ Luien "Land of Sleep and Dreams", Olfannor "Dream Master"
Est ~ dh "Rest"
Vair ~ Gwr "Weaver"
Tulkas ~ Enner "The Masculine"
Nienna ~ Nienor
Oss ~ Yssion "Foaming", Gaerys "Fearful Oss", Aeros "Terror of the Sea"
Tilion ~ Elfaron "Star Hunter"

Uploaded 2-23-04

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