Galadriel's Song

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Climbing the stairs at Caras Galadhon

(FOTR - Track 14)

Caras Galadhon

Climbing the stairs at Caras Galadhon

(CR-FOTR Disc Three - Track 2)



Music by Howard Shore

Adapted by Philippa Boyens

Translated into Quenya by David Salo

Inspired by Text by J.R.R. Tolkien

FOTR, Book 2, Chapter VII,
The Mirror of Galadriel

This music is heard as the Fellowship ascends the stairs of Caras Galadhon. Lyrics from the FOTR Annotated Score.


Sung by The London Voices, female choir.


Original English


Cenin i Herumor

I perceive the Dark Lord


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Sámarya hanyenye

I comprehend his mind

Oio mahta-mahtala

Ever groping

Cenien sanwenya

To see my thought


But still....

Pahta i ando!

the door is closed

Ela i cá(le!)

Behold the light!

Nenya sina

Nenya is this

Corma úhátima

Ring, unbreakable

I haryanye.

That I possess.

FOTR, Book 2, Chapter VII, The Mirror of Galadriel

After Frodo looks into the mirror, Galadriel tells him:

"I perceive the Dark Lord and know his mind, or all of his mind that concerns the Elves. And he gropes ever to see me and my thought. But still the door is closed!"

And after he notices the Ring on her finger she says:

"This is Nenya, the Ring of Adamant*, and I am its keeper."



noun:   very hard native crystalline carbon valued as a gem

adjective:   not capable of being swayed or diverted from a course; unsusceptible to persuasion