Tara's Translations

Translating from one language to another is an interesting, and sometimes tricky, challenge! That is made even more difficult when one translates verse and needs to take rhyme and meter into account. Some of these have been translated with the intention of getting the meaning the same without regard to rhyme or meter; others have been translated with an emphasis on rhyme and meter and are not literal.

These translations were done over a period of time, during which my knowledge of and theories about Sindarin grew and altered. Please forgive any inconsistencies. As a fan of Sindarin, not a professional linguist, I have quite likely made mistakes. Also, Sindarin is a language with many unknowns; I have followed the ideas I believe most likely.

~ Tolkien verses ~ LoTR Movie Songs ~ Real Life Names ~ Miscellaneous Translations ~

Tolkien Verses

Song of the Wandering Elves
The Fall of Gil-galad
Legolas' Song of the Sea
The Riddle of Strider
The Ring Verse
In Western Lands (Sam's Song)
Galadriel's Song
Song of Lebennin
The Old Walking Song
Frodo's Walking Song
Bilbo's Song
Frodo's Lament for Gandalf
Lament for Boromir

Laer in-Edhil Reniol Song of the Wandering Elves

A Fanuilos, Brennil gelair Snow-white! Snow white! O Lady clear
Athan Aear Annui, Bereth O Queen beyond the Western Seas
Calad ammen i reniar O Light to us that wander here
Mi 'aladhremmin Ennorath Amid the world of woven trees!

A Elbereth Gilthoniel Gilthoniel! O Elbereth!
I chn a thl ln mriel Clear are thine eyes and bright thy breath
A Fanuilos! Linnam allen Snow-white! Snow white! We sing to thee
Athan Aear min ndr chae hen In a far land beyond the Sea

Elin i ned n ben-Anor O stars that in the Sunless Year
Na gam hilol na hen rennin With shining hand by her were sewn
Mi dailf 'waerin lim a gelair In windy fields now bright and clear
Celweloth ln reviennin We see your silver blossoms blown!

Gilthoniel, A Elbereth O Elbereth Gilthoniel!
Min ndr chaeron hen din gelaidh We still remember, we who dwell
Me i ndorthar s renim ui In this far land beneath the trees
'ilgalad buin Aeair Annui Thy starlight on the Western Seas.

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Dant Gilgalad The Fall of Gil-galad

Gilgalad nant Edhel-aran. Gil-galad was an Elven-king.
O hon telegain linnar naer: Of him the harpers sadly sing:
I ben vedui geri ardh vain The last whose realm was fair and free
A lain min Ered ah Aear. Between the Mountains and the Sea.

Magol hn and, ah ech hn laeg His sword was long, his lance was keen,
Thl hilol hn palan-gennen; His shining helm afar was seen;
Geil ernediaid dalf menel The countless stars of heaven's field
Cennin mi thand hn chelebren. Were mirrored in his silver shield.

Dan io anann palan-regiant, But long ago he rode away,
Uben pl peded ias dortha; And where he dwelleth none can say;
An nedh i vr gl hn dant For into darkness fell his star
Mi Vordor ias dath gaedar. In Mordor where the shadows are.

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Aearlinn Legolas Legolas' Song of the Sea

Nan aear, nan aear! In gwael 'lain nallol, To the Sea! To the Sea! The white gulls are crying,
I hl ribiel, ah falf 'lan reviol. The wind is blowing, and the white foam is flying.
Annn, annn chaeron, Anor gorn dannol, West, west away, the round sun is falling,
Cair vithren, cair vithren, hain lathrach canel, Grey ship, grey ship, do you hear them calling,
I lamath en-gwaith nn i vennir nu nin? The voices of my people that have gone before me?
Gwannathon, gwannathon daur i onnant nin; I will leave, I will leave the woods that bore me;
Oer vn methol ah idhrinn vn firiel. For our days are ending and our years failing.
Trevedithon nn laind ereb ciriel I will pass the wide waters lonely sailing.
Aind i falfath bo Falas Vedui dannol Long are the waves on the Last Shore falling,
Lind i lamath i vin Dl Vannen canel Sweet are the voices in the Lost Isle calling,
Dl Ereb, Maredhellen, adan hir In Eressa, in Elvenhome that no man can discover;
Ias laiss -dhannar: dr en-gwaith nn anuir Where the leaves fall not: land of my people for ever!

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Embid o Bador The Riddle of Strider

Naid vellin bain -thiliar All that is gold does not glitter,
Gwaith -bain eglain idh reviar Not all those who wander are lost;
I ben iaur a vell -fr The old that is strong does not wither,
I chelch -drasta thynd nuir Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

Edin lith naur echuiatha From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
Ed dath calad tuiatha A light from the shadows shall spring;
Acharnen hathol narchannen Renewed shall be blade that was broken:
Pen ben-r adesta aran The crownless again shall be king.

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Glr en-Gorf The Ring Verse

Neled cyrf an Erain Edhellin nuin menel, Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Odog a Chr Nogothrim min thaim hernui huin, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Neder an Edain Firib beraid af fired, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
Er enin Brannon-dr bo archam vorn hn One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
Min Ardh Mordor ias i Nath caedar. In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
Min Corf a thorthad hain phain, One Ring to rule them all,
Min Corf a chired hain, One Ring to find them,
Min Corf a thoged hain One Ring to bring them all
A ne mr an noded hain, And in the darkness bind them,
Min Ardh mordor ias i Nath caedar. In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

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Mi Ndr Annui In Western Lands

Mi norath annui di Anor In western lands beneath the Sun
Loth Echuir aen eriar, The flowers may rise in Spring,
Gelaidh tuiar aen, nn rimmar, The trees may bud, the waters run,
Filig merin linnar. The merry finches sing.
Egor ennas d alfanui Or there maybe 'tis cloudless night
Brethil lilthol celir And swaying beeches bear
'eil edhellin, silivrin mr, The Elven-stars as jewels white
Min finnel n ngylfui. Amid their branching hair

Si caedon na vethed-e-lend Though here at journey's end I lie
Nu dhath dolen nr, In darkness buried deep,
Athan beraid bain vill a dynd, Beyond all towers strong and high,
Athan ered veraidh. Beyond all mountains steep,
Or 'uruthos bain bd Anor, Above all shadows rides the Sun
A geil anuir dorthar: And Stars for ever dwell:
-bedithon i aur gwannen, I will not say the Day is done
Egor'ni Ngeil navaer. Nor bid the Stars farewell.

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Laer Galadriel Galadriel's Song

Linnen o laiss, o laiss vellin, I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold
a ennas galler laiss velthin and leaves of gold there grew
O hl linnen, sl doll ennas Of wind I sang, a wind there came
a rimp min gylf. and in the branches blew.
Athan Anor, athan Ithil, Beyond the Sun, beyond the Moon,
buin Aear i falf the foam was on the Sea
A nan falas Ilmarin And by the strand of Ilmarin
gall 'aladh valthen. there grew a golden tree.
Nuin geil e-d uireb Beneath the stars of Ever-eve
sill mi Maredhellen, in Eldamar it shone,
Mi Maredhellen nan raim In Eldamar beside the walls
Tirion edhellen. of Elven Tirion.
Ennas i laiss anann galler There long the leaves have grown
am beliad idhrinn upon the branching years
Ir s, athan in aeair i -erthar While here beyond the Sundering Seas>
si dannar i nr edhellin now fall the Elven-tears.>
Ae Lrien! I thrw dl, O Lrien! The winter comes,
i aur lanc a pen-laiss; the bare and leafless day;
I laiss dannar min nen, The leaves are falling in the stream,
i Hr rimma hae; the River flows away;
Ae Lrien! Anann dorthannen O Lrien! Too long I have dwelt
nef Falas; upon this Hither Shore;
Ah echannen r belol And in a fading crown have twined
nan elanor valthen. the golden elanor.
Dan ae si linnon o gr, But if of ships I now should sing,
man cair enni telitha? what ship would come to me
Man cair nin achelitha anuir What ship would bear me ever back
athra lannon aear? across so wide a sea?

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Laer Lebennin Song of Lebennin

I sr sirar celebrin o Chelos na Erui Silver flow the streams from Celos to Erui
Min dailf gelin Lebennin! In the green fields of Lebennin!
Gala tond ennas i thr. Nan hl uin Aear Tall grows the grass there. In the wind from the Sea
In innil 'lain lilthar. The white lilies sway.
A nill velthin nellenin bo vallos ah alfirin And the golden bells are shaken of mallos and alfirin
Min dailf gelin Lebennin, In the green fields of Lebennin,
Nan hl uin Aear. In the wind from the Sea!

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Laer Iaur Baded The Old Walking Song

I ven bd lim a lim uireb The road goes ever on and on
Dad uin annon ias sa heriant Down from the door where it began.
Si palan-vannen i Ven Now far ahead the Road has gone,
A han padathon ae pelin And I must follow, if I can,
Han aphadol na dail verai Pursuing it with eager feet,
Nal ertha go vd annaur Until it joins some larger way
Ias raid a taiss gevedir Where many paths and errands meet.
Na man sad? -belin peded And whither then? I cannot say.

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Laer Baded o Frodo Frodo's Walking Song

Os vennas dartha aen Still round the corner there may wait
Bd eden egor annon thurin A new road or a secret gate;
Lui evyr bennin athan hain And though I oft have passed them by,
Dan aur na vedui telitha ir A day will come at last when I
Padathon idh raid dhelin i vedir Shall take the hidden paths that run
Annn od Ithil, amrn od Anor West of the Moon, East of the Sun.
~ Dambed in-Edhil: ~ ~ Reply of the Elves ~
Renim uireb, me i ndorthar We still remember, we who dwell
Mi nr chae hen din gelaidh In this far land beneath the trees
'ilgalad buin Aeair Annui The starlight on the Western Seas.

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Laer Bilbo Bilbo's Song

Herin nan naur a renin I sit beside the fire and think
Nadath bain cennin, of all that I have seen,
Loth pairth a 'wilwilith of meadow-flowers and butterflies
Ned laer si gwennin; in summers that have been;

I laiss velin a thling Of yellow leaves and gossamer
Ned ievais si gwennin, in autumns that there were,
Go chth aur ah Anor geleb with morning mist and silver sun
A hl mi finnel nn. and wind upon my hair.

Herin nan naur a nauthon I sit beside the fire and think
Ian ardhon thiatha of how the world will be
Ir rhw tl pen-echuir when winter comes without a spring
I all cenithon. that I shall never see.

An nadath evyr darthar For still there are so many things
I all cennin: that I have never seen:
Mi eryn bain ned ethuil in every wood in every spring
Ennas galen vinai. there is a different green.

Herin nan naur a renin I sit beside the fire and think
'waith od io and, of people long ago,
A gwaith i cenithar ardhon and people who will see a world
I all istathon. that I shall never know.

Dan panl ir herin nauthol But all the while I sit and think
O lui si gwennin, of times there were before,
Laston a thail atholel I listen for returning feet
A lammath nan fen. and voices at the door.

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Naergon Frodo am Mithrandir Frodo's Lament for Gandalf

Ir aduial min Drann thiant thind When evening in the Shire was grey
Teldainn hn buin Amon lastennin; his footsteps on the Hill were heard;
Ned minuial so palan-vant before the dawn he went away
Al lend and pe-pheth. on journey long without a word.

O Thraw na falas Annui From Wilderland to Western shore,
O eru forodren na amon charadren, from northern waste to southern hill,
Tr gaew amlug a fen dholen through dragon-lair and hidden door
A glaid dhuir so bant ben innas hn. and darkling woods he walked at will.

Go Nauf a Perian, Edhil ah Edain, With Dwarf and Hobbit, Elves and Men,
Go 'waith firin ah alfirin, with mortal and immortal folk,
Go aew bo 'olf a lavan mi dorech, with bird on bough and beast in den,
Iuithol lammath thyrin n so pent. in their own secret tongues he spoke.

Magol dhelu, cam nestol, A deadly sword, a healing hand,
Rhaw norn di gaul n; a back that bent beneath its load;
Lam sui rom, ylf vara, a trumpet-voice, a burning brand,
Randr benorf buin men. a weary pilgrim on the road.

Brannon idhren bo archam so harn, A lord of wisdom throned he sat,
Na rth lagor a lalaith geleg; swift in anger; quick to laugh;
Adan iaur mi garab 'ern an old man in a battered hat
I iuithant 'olful egui. who leaned upon a thorny staff.

So darn amin iant erui He stood upon the bridge alone
A maethant dan Naur a D; and Fire and Shadow both defied;
Golful hn narchannen buin harn, his staff was broken on the stone,
Mi Voria ist hn gwannant. in Khazad-dm his wisdom died.

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Naergon am Moromir Lament for Boromir

Tr Rochan or l a parth ias thr and gala Through Rohan over fen and field where the long grass grows
I Hl Annn tl badol, a bd os raim. The West Wind comes walking, and about the walls it goes.
"Man siniath uin Dn, A sl reviol, tegil enni ne fuin hen? "What news from the West, O wandering wind, do you bring to me tonight?
Cennil Voromir i Dond di Ithil egor gilgalad?" Have you seen Boromir the Tall by moon or by starlight?"
"Hon cennin regiol or sr odog, or nn laind a vith; "I saw him ride over seven streams, over waters wide and grey;
Hon cennin padol mi nr lyst, nal so palan-'wannant I saw him walk in empty lands, until he passed away
Min dath Forod. Hon achennin all, Into the shadows of the North. I saw him then no more.
I Hl Forod poll aen lastad i rom en ion Denethor." The North Wind may have heard the horn of the son of Denethor."
A Boromir! Uin raim braind annn palan-dirnin; "O Boromir! From the high walls westward I looked afar;
Dan -dellich uin nr lyst ias alkedain dorthar." But you came not from the empty lands where no men are."

Uin ethir Aear Sl Harad revia, uin dund lith a gynd; From the mouths of the Sea the South Wind flies, from the sandhills and the stones;
Cl i nallaid in-gwael, a nan annon cr thlyss. The wailing of the gulls it bears, and at the gate it moans.
"Man siniath uin Harad, A sl thlossol, tegil enni ned aduial? "What news from the South, O sighing wind, do you bring to me at eve?
Si ias Boromir i Vain? So abdollen a naedon." Where now is Boromir the Fair? He tarries and I grieve."
"Avambedo nin ias so dortha, aes rim ennas caedar "Ask not of me where he doth dwell, so many bones there lie
Buin felais fain a felais dhuir di venel alagossen; On the white shores and the dark shores under the stormy sky;
Pin-evyr bennir dad Anduin hired Aear hiriol. So many have passed down Anduin to find the flowing Sea.
Ambedo Hl Forod as siniath o hyn Sl Forod dg enni!" Ask of the North Wind news of them the North Wind sends to me!"
"A Boromir! Athan annon i ven-nan-aear bd na charad, "O Boromir! Beyond the gate the seaward road runs south,
Dan -dellich guin gwael nallol uin ethir en-aear vith. But you came not with the wailing gulls from the grey sea's mouth."

Uin Annon Erain Sl Forod regia, ah os lenthir vrui; From the Gate of Kings the North Wind rides, and past the roaring falls;
A lim a ring os vinas rom vrui hn cn. And clear and cold about the tower its loud horn calls.
"Man siniath uin Forod, A sl veleg, tegil enni aur hen? "What news from the North, O might wind, do you bring to me today?
Man siniath o Voromir i Veren? So bannen anann." What news of Boromir the Bold? For he is long away."
"Di Amon Hen lastannen ganed hn. Ennas dagrant gyth rim. "Beneath Amon Hen I heard his cry. There many foes he fought.
Thand drammen sn, magol narchannen sn, i nen hain tyngir. His cloven shield, his broken sword, they do the water brought.
Dl arod sn, thr vain sn, rainc hn sy caedar na dh; His head so proud, his face so fair, his limbs they laid to rest;
A Rauros, Lenthir Rauros velthin, hon caedant a phalath n." And Rauros, golden Rauros-falls, bore him upon its breast."
"A Boromir! Minas Tirith tiritha anuir na Forod "O Boromir! The Tower of Guard shall ever northward gaze
Na Rauros, Lenthir Rauros velthin, nal i vethed oer." To Rauros, golden Rauros-falls, until the end of days."

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LoTR Movie Songs

Into the West
Song of the Steward
May It Be
In Dreams
Gollum's Song

Nan Annn Into the West

Hodo nl velui alorven ln Lay down your sweet and weary head
Mr danna; le tollen na vethed lend Night is falling; you have come to journey's end
Losto hi, ah oltho o 'waith i thellir Sleep now and dream of the ones who came before
Athra falas chaeron cenir. They are calling from across a distant shore
Amman nallal? Man i nr hin buin thr ln? Why do you weep? What are these tears upon your face?
Cenithal gwannathar echais bain ln Soon you will see all of your fears will pass away
Beriannen min rainc nn, lostal Safe in my arms, you're only sleeping

Man pelil cened buin rain amar? What can you see on the horizon?
Amman in gwael 'lain nallar? Why do the white gulls call?
Ithil 'ael eria athan Aear Across the Sea a pale moon rises
I chr tellin a choled le na mar The ships have come to carry you home
Sui cheledh geleb nadath thiathar And all will turn to silver glass
Calad buin nen, faer bain athradar A light on the water, all souls pass

Estel pl nan ardhon d Hope fades into the world of night
Tr dhath dannol ed rn a l Through shadows falling out of memory and time
Avo bedo me tellin s nan methen Don't say we have come now to the end
Felais 'lain nallar, ageveditham White shores are calling, you and I will meet again
Hodathal s min rainc nn, lostol And you'll be here in my arms, just sleeping

Man pelil cened buin rain amar? What can you see on the horizon?
Amman in gwael 'lain nallar? Why do the white gulls call?
Ithil 'ael eria athan Aear Across the Sea a pale moon rises
I chr tellin a choled le na mar The ships have come to carry you home
Sui cheledh geleb nadath thiathar And all will turn to silver glass
Calad buin nen, cr thind gwannar A light on the water, grey ships pass
Nan Annn. Into the West.

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Estel May It Be

Slo 'l aduial am md ln May it be an evening star shines down upon you.
Ir d danna, no thenin gr ln May it be when darkness falls, your heart will be true.
Padal ven ereb, hae o mbar ln You walk a lonely road, oh how far you are from home.
Mr tollen. Estelio a hirithal rd ln Darkness has come. Believe and you will find your way.
Mr dannen. Dorthar nedh le in estil vn Darkness has fallen. A promise lies within you now.

Revio chae i ganed en-guruthos May it be the shadow's call will fly away.
Ebedo le a thogo ngeil nan aur May it be you journey on to light the day.
Ir mr orthornen, erio a chired Anor When the night is overcome, you may rise to find the sun.
Mr tollen. Estelio a hirithal rd ln Darkness has come. Believe and you will find your way.
Mr dannen. Dorthar nedh le in estil vn Darkness has fallen. A promise lies within you now.

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Laer Orchenion Song of the Steward

Bar adel nin, i ardhon nu Home is behind, the world ahead
Raid evyr boe enni padad And there are many paths to tread
Tr Dhath, nan rw mr nal Through Shadow, to the edge of night
Giliath thennin na galad Until the stars are all alight
Hth a Dath, fn a gwath Mist and Shadow, cloud and shade
Pelithar, pelithar nadath All shall fade, all shall fade

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Ned Elei In Dreams

Ir i chelch thrw tl When the cold of winter comes
D ben-ngeil tobatha aur Starless night will cover day
Ab 'wathred Anor In the veiling of the sun
Padatham di ross haer We will walk in bitter rain
Dan ned elei lathron eneth ln But in dreams I still hear your name
A ned elei ageveditham And in dreams we will meet again

Ir aeair ah ered dannar When the seas and mountains fall
A telim na vethed oer And we come to end of days
Mi dh lathron ganed, canel nin ennas In the dark I hear a call, calling me there
Bedithon ennas ah athelithon I will go there and back again

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Laer Smagol Gollum's Song

Ias calad cuinant, si mr dannen Where once was light, now darkness falls
Ias meleth cuinant, si meleth gwannen Where once was love, love is no more
Avbedo navaer, avbedo han -vaethannen Don't say goodbye, don't say I didn't try
Nallam nr sui ross dannol These tears we cry are falling rain
Nan bith anu pennich ammen, i naeg, i 'weriad For all the lies you told us, the hurt, the blame
A nallatham, me eglain And we will weep to be so alone
-'erim estel, -belim abaded We are lost, we can never go home

Nan methed darthathon im So in the end I will be what I will be
-'ernin vellon thenin No loyal friend was ever there for me
Si pedim navaer, ven awarthannech pedim Now we say goodbye, we say you didn't try
I nr nallach abdollen These tears you cry have come too late
Mabo i phith anu, i naeg, i 'weriad Take back the lies, the hurt, the blame
A nallathach a chened erui i vethed And you will weep to face the end alone
-erich estel, -belich abaded You are lost, you can never go home

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Real Life Names

Lots of people want an Elvish name. Sometimes they want to create something for themselves, but sometimes they want a translation of their real life name. Here I offer some of the possible translations ~ sometimes the result is too complicated or tangled to list. Some names cannot be translated because of lack of Sindarin vocabulary.

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