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Elvish Poem: I ‘Laer Pador

The Riddle of Strider

Original English by J. R. R. Tolkien

Nadath vellin law1 thiliar,
Randir al-bain mistar;
I vrûn i belt law pêl,
Heleg law blada thynd tym.

Naur o lith lacha
Calad ui nae laba
Cŷr i grist rangen2
Pen bedh-ri ad-ol3 aran.

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be the blade that was broken:
The crownless again shall be king.


1. Law
A general negation particle, meaning “don’t, not, no” based on the Quenya word
2. Rag-
To break. Based on the Quenya word Rac-. Its passive participle is rangen.
3. Ol-
To become. Based on the Quenya word ol-.

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