The Passing of the Elves known as The Elvish Lament Music by David Donaldson, David Long, Steve Roche & Janet Roddick (or Plan 9 & David Long); Lyrics by J.R.R. Tolkien, translated into Sindarin by David Salo; Performed by Janet Roddick, Steve Roche, David Long & David Donaldson (or Plan 9 & David Long
D.Donaldson, S.Roche & J.Roddick also known as Plan 9.
See also An interview with Plan 9.
Info from The Annotated Score (The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films):
Plan 9 assembled “The Elvish Lament” for the Wood-elves whom Frodo and Sam spy departing Middle-earth. This text is adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien
Plan 9 first collaborated with Peter Jackson on 1995’s Forgotten Silver. In The Lord of the Rings films, they specialized in diagetic, or on-screen music, including the hobbits’ party music (“Flaming Red Hair”) and the Wood-elves’ song (“The Elvish Lament”).
THE PASSING OF THE ELVES known as THE ELVISH LAMENT
Text by J.R.R. Tolkien
Sindarin Translation by David Salo
FIRST HEARD: DISC ONE | TRACK TEN
Fanuilos heryn aglar | Snow-white! Snow-white! O Lady clear!
Rîn athar annún-aearath, | O Queen beyond the Western Seas!
Calad ammen i reniar | O Light to us that wander there
Mi ‘aladhremmin ennorath! | Amid the world of woven trees!
A Elbereth Gilthoniel | Gilthoniel! O Elbereth!
I chîn a thûl lin míriel | Clear are thy eyes and bright is breath,
Fanuilos le linnathon | Snow-white! Snow-white! We sing to thee
Ne ndor haer thar i aearon. | In a far land beyond the Sea!
A elin na gaim eglerib | O Stars that in the Sunless Year
Ned în ben-anor trerennin | With shining hand by thee were sown,
Si silivrin ne pherth ‘waewib | In windy fields now bright and clear
Cenim lyth thílyn thuiennin. | We see your silver blossom blown!
A Elbereth Gilthoniel | O Elbereth Gilthoniel!
Men echenim sí derthiel | We still remember, we who dwell
Ne chaered hen nu ‘aladhath | In this far land beneath the trees,
Ngilith or annún-aearath. | Thy starlight on the Western Seas.
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