Arwen's Prayer

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Flight to the Ford

Arwen's gift of grace

(FOTR - Track 8)

Give Up the Halfling

Arwen's gift of grace

(CR-FOTR Disc Two - Track 3)



Words by Philippa Boyens

Music by Howard Shore

This song is heard as Arwen kneels above the fading Frodo on the banks of the Anduin. The lyrics are taken directly from the dialog heard during this scene.


I had this listed as 'lyrics unknown' when a reader of the site emailed me with the lyrics.  I was surprised at them... I could say because it seemed all so simple when I read them... but really, it was more that they were in English.  I had made the claim that the only lyrics in English were the Hobbit (and Stoor) songs and the end of the movie songs.  Arwen's Song in the Houses of Healing and this song have proven that claim wrong.  (See THIS NOTE about another possible connection to Arwen's Song.)


Thanks to Sabine Fronek who sent me the lyrics with CD time stamps.  I quickly realized that the movie had a few more lines than the CD.  Thanks to Lisa Graves who helped me decipher those lyrics and to Danijel Legin who maintained the word was "mighty" where I had "may the". I was pretty convinced I was right which just goes to show. :-)  When the FOTR Annotated Score came out, Danijel was proven correct.


Sung by The London Voices, female choir.



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What grace is given me

Let it pass to him

Let him be spared

Mighty Valar

Save him.

ROTK, Book 6, Chapter 6, Many Partings

Arwen riding Asfaloth with Frodo--fleeing the Black Riders--kneeling down next to him and bestowing her grace upon him... none of that is in the book.  She did, however, facilitate his passage to the West.  Tolkien addresses this in Letter #246.

But the Queen Arwen said: 'A gift I will give you. For I am the daughter of Elrond. I shall not go with him now when he departs to the Havens; for mine is the choice of Lúthien, and as she so have I chosen, both the sweet and the bitter. But in my stead you shall go, Ring-bearer, when the time comes, and if you then desire it. If your hurts grieve you still and the memory of your burden is heavy, then you may pass into the West, until all your wounds and weariness are healed. But wear this now in memory of Elfstone and Evenstar with whom your life has been woven!'

And she took a white gem like a star that lay upon her breast hanging upon a silver chain, and she set the chain about Frodo's neck. 'When the memory of the fear and the darkness troubles you,' she said, 'this will bring you aid.'