- The Fall of Gil-galad
- Original English by J. R. R. Tolkien
Gil-galad aran edhellen.
I thelegain linnar o then:
I âr vedui dôr vain a lain
Min eryd ar i aearon.
Megil dîn and, ecthel dîn laeg,
Thôl hílol dîn palan-dirnen:
In gîl ú-enedui menel
Tirnin bo thand gelebren dîn.
Ach northas ‘wachae o men io
Ú-ben ista had i dhortha
Tinu dîn dannas na dhúath
Vi Vordor, i nôr-i-merchaint.
Gil-galad was an Elven-king.
Of him the harpers sadly sing:
the last whose realm was fair and free
between the Mountains and the Sea.
His sword was long, his lance was keen,
his shining helm afar was seen;
the countless stars of heaven’s field
were mirrored in his silver shield.
But long ago he rode away,
and where he dwelleth none can say;
for into darkness fell his star
in Mordor where the shadows are.