The mother of all translations in Quenya.
Not all those who wander are lost whole poem.
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I bring you the revised edition of the original translation made by Ondo Carniliono few years ago. What is revised? Well, minor things. I kept the poetic and free spirit made originally and added a tiny bit only. It’s ridiculously tiny, don’t panic. Notice that Quenya101 version takes advantage of Quenya declension nature and plays freely with word order. Quenya allows room for that. Below, you won’t find a fixed translation. Literal wording. One word after another. NO! Word order allows it, so we danced with them. Not to mention vocabulary issues too. There are synonyms here and there that could be used differently, you know. So,… what you got here is the most poetic and accurate Quenya translation, aimed at the beauty of the idea behind the poem and using Quenya language to the farthest it can be reached.
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Now, let’s all grab our walking sticks and wander with Tolkien through this beautiful poem. Watch your step, wander freely but be lost not.
All that is gold does not glitter
Ilya i laurëa ná, mirilya lá,
Not all those who wander are lost
Queni yar ranyar ullumë vanwë umir
The old that is strong does not wither
I yára ya tulca ná, hesta lá
Deep roots are not reached by the frost
Tumnë talmar rahtainë nixenen umir
From the ashes a fire shall be woken
Yúlallo nárë nauva coivaina,
A light from the shadows shall spring
Cálë lómillon tuiuva
Renewed shall be blade that was broken
Ceura nauva hyanda ya né rácina,
The crownless again shall be king
I ríelóra ata aran nauva
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