Fionacat (fionacat) wrote,

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Gilthoniel! O Elbereth!

Been wondering what Elbereth MEANS, I found in Nethack (great game that I love playing) there is a brief description from the program notes;

Elbereth comes from J.R.R. Tolkien's writings set in Middle-Earth, particularly The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion; it was the Elves' name for a goddess they particularly revered. A song in her praise proves to have bad effects on Sauron's minions in The Lord of the Rings.

Gilthoniel! O Elbereth!

silivren penna miriel
o menel aglar elenath!
Na-chaered palan-diriel
o galadhremmin ennorath,
Fanuilos, le linnathon
nef aear, si nef aearon!

(In English)
O Elbereth Star-kindler
(white) glittering slants down sparkling like jewels
from [the] firmament [the] glory [of] the star-host!
To-remote distance far-having gazed
from [the] tree-tangled middle-lands,
Fanuilos, to thee I will chant
on this side of ocean, here on this side of the Great Ocean!

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