Elessar's Oath also known as
Aragorn's Coronation

lyrics source text







The Great River

The Argonath

(FOTR - Track 15)

The Fighting Uruk-hai

The Argonath

(CR-FOTR Disc Three - Track 4)

The Return of the King

King Elessar sings Elendil's Oath

(ROTK - Track 17)

The Fellowship Reunited

King Elessar sings Elendil's Oath

(CR-ROTK Disc Four - Track 4)



Music composed by

Howard Shore (FOTR)


Viggo Mortensen (ROTK)

Text (English and Quenya) by

J.R.R. Tolkien

ROTK, Book 6, Chapter V,

The Steward and the King

The first two lines are sung by a choir in FOTR as the Fellowship travels down the Anduin and spots the Gates of the Argonath.  All three lines are sung by Aragorn at his coronation.  The two pieces are not related compositionally or melodically at all.


My original title for this text, which is lifted verbatim from the books, was Elendil's Oath.

The AS-FOTR title is "Elessar's Oath".

The AS-ROTK title is "Aragorn's Coronation" (the title that is also used in the ROTK movie credits)

The Music of the LOTR Films lists the title for the Argonath scene as "Elessar's Oath" and for the Coronation scene as "Aragorn's Coronation also known as Elessar's Oath".


Even though the two pieces (in FOTR and ROTK) are not related musically, I still like keeping the source text with one name. I'm going with Elessar's Oath since that's what's in place as I write.


Sung by The London Voices, FOTR.

Sung by Viggo Mortensen, ROTK.


Tolkien’s translation (not literal)


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Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien.

Out of the Great Sea to Middle-earth I am come

Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar

In this place I will abide, and my heirs,

tenn’ Ambar-metta!

unto the ending of the world.

ROTK, Book 6, Chapter V, The Steward and the King

In the book, Aragorn recited these words at his coronation. They were originally spoken by Elendil as he left Númenor.