Although I’m sick today, I must carry on!
Yeah, sick sucks, but you know what really would suck? Being found by a Ringwraith. Our heroes, Frodo, Sam, and Pippin, nearly were, but an approaching group of elves has scared the rider off. As expected, Sam nearly runs out to meet them, clueless of the black rider. Frodo holds him back, and tells him what he saw. Sam, still pointlessly excited, wants to see the elves, ASAP! However, Frodo knows that they’re headed in their direction, so he makes Sam wait.
Ladies and gentlemen, Sam Gamgee.
The elves’ singing draws nearer, and the hobbits can make out the words. Frodo is the only one of the three that knows anything about the elvish language, though Sam and Pippin take pleasure in listening anyway. Frodo recognizes the name Elbereth, and realizes that these must be high elves, rarely seen in the Shire.
-the Tower Hills: Hills west of the Shire. Elven lands, possibly where these elves come from.
-Varda: Called by the elves on this page Elbereth Gilthoniel and Snow-white, Varda is known by many names. Very powerful Vala, and could be considered a god of Middle-earth. Created the stars. Worshiped by the elves.
-the Sunless Year: Something the elves mention in their song. Possibly a time before the stars? It makes it seem as though the stars were created during the Sunless Year. Yay guessing!
Interestingly, we are told that, even though Pippin and Sam cannot understand the language of the song, the words form (or something like that) in their minds. Now that is magical! Imagine if the language that you spoke had the power to make sense to anyone, even if they didn’t know the language itself. I could only imagine this (non-magically) being able to happen through intense body language association. With Elvish, it apparently just happens.
Your translation headset is INVALID.
Tolkien Songs In Real Life:
One more here! Finishing up our three straight days of music, we have our elven-song:
“Snow-white! Snow-white! O Lady clear!
O Queen beyond the Western Seas!
O Light to us that wander here
Amid the world of woven trees!
Gilthoniel! O Elbereth!
Clear are thy eyes and bright thy breath!
Snow-white! Snow-white! We sing to thee
In a far land beyond the Sea.
O stars that in the Sunless Year
With shining hand by her were sown,
In windy fields now bright and clear
We see your silver blossom blown!
O Elbereth! Gilthoniel!
We still remember, we who dwell
In this far land beneath the trees,
Thy starlight on the Western Seas.”
With a tricky title change to make things work, I present:
(Mykonos – Fleet Foxes)
There can be no better band to set elvish music to than Fleet Foxes. I was so pleasantly happy when that worked out. Of course, the title is a mix of “Mykonos” and “Valinor”. It’s especially hard to combine these things when the song title I’m pulling from is only one word.
Honestly, I try extremely hard to not only fit the lyrics we’re given by Tolkien into a popular song, but finding the right tone is important too. “Mykonos” is about traveling, at least the way I see it, and these elves are traveling themselves, on their way to the Grey Havens. How fitting.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
I WILL feel better by tomorrow!
“‘This is indeed a strange chance!'”
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