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Namarie by ShaylynnAnn Namarie by ShaylynnAnn
This piece is a calligraphied version of J.R.R. Tolkien's Elvish (technically, Quenya) poem "Namarie" which Galadriel sings to Frodo as the Fellowship leaves Lothlorien.

I wasn't able to fit the whole poem on my sheet of paper, so I used the half and then tagged the final few lines onto the end. :) The left and right columns are the same; the right is just written with the Tengwar alphabet.

Evil scanner is evil and makes all the colors way too blown out, and I couldn't fix it up in Photoshop. The yellows are really weird in this scan and I hope to get a better scan soon.

The celtic knotwork and art noveau borders was done entirely freehand. I love these sorts of designs...

The heraldic device at the top is the symbol for Feanor, as designed by Tolkien himself. I thought this device would be fitting because not only is Feanor Galadriel's anscestor (if I have my genealogy straight), but it was mostly because of his family that the Elves were banished from Valinor-- and this poem is all about Galadriel's longing for Valinor when she thought she could not return but wished that Frodo may make it there one day.

Here's the English text:

Ah! like gold fall the leaves in the wind,
long years numberless as the wings of trees!
The years have passed like swift draughts
of the sweet mead in lofty halls beyond the West,
beneath the blue vaults of Varda
wherein the stars tremble in the song of her voice, holy and queenly.

Who now shall refill the cup for me?

For now the Kindler, Varda, the Queen of the Stars,
from Mount Everwhite has uplifted her hands like clouds,
and all paths are drowned deep in shadow;
and out of a grey country darkness lies on the foaming waves between us,
and mist covers the jewels of Calacirya for ever.
Now lost, lost to those from the East is Valimar!

Farewell! Maybe thou shalt find Valimar.
Maybe even thou shalt find it. Farewell!
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Celebri-ian Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice! :D

Did you use watercolours for the borders?
ShaylynnAnn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yes, the whole thing is india ink and watercolors.
marduk-report Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
do like. love the way you have done this :)
SeekHim Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I can't read Quenya but I love the way it looks!

GOD bless
John 3:16
Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks great!:clap: I always wondered how this poem is written in Tengwar.
MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely! :-)
Zaarin1 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work! This has always been my favorite of Tolkien's poems. :)
FireFiriel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! And the colors evoke the sea, and the longing it inspires and Tolkien expressed so well.
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Submitted on
December 26, 2012
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