I Lant Gil-Galad

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.

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