Lament for Gandalf, Chorus Text

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Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All


(CR-FOTR - Disc One - Track 1)


Entering Lórien - Lothlórien Theme

(FOTR - Track 14)

Caras Galadhon

Entering Lórien - Lothlórien Theme

(CR-FOTR Disc Three - Track 2)


Lórien Elves' Lament for Gandalf

(FOTR - Track 14)

Caras Galadhon

Lórien Elves' Lament for Gandalf

(CR-FOTR Disc Three - Track 2)


The Mirror of Galadriel

Galadriel's Mirror - Lothlórien Theme

(CR-FOTR Disc Three - Track 3)

Leave Taking

Galadriel talks with Elrond - Lothlórien Theme

(TTT - Track 11)

The Story Foretold

Galadriel talks with Elrond - Lothlórien Theme

(CR-TTT Disc Two - Track 12)


The Host of the Eldar

The Elves arrive at Helm's Deep - Lothlórien Theme

(CR-TTT Disc Three - Track 4)



Lyrics and Music by

Philippa Boyens and Howard Shore

Translated into Elvish by David Salo

Inspired by text by J.R.R Tolkien
FOTR, Book 2, Chapter VII,
The Mirror of Galadriel

Lyrics from the FOTR Annotated Score.


The Lórien Elves lament for Gandalf contains a solo part and a choral counterpart. This page contains the choral part or "Chorus Text". To find the source text for the solo part, or the 'Verses', go HERE.


What might be interesting to note is that the soloist is singing a Lament for Gandalf but the chorus is singing a "Lament" for the ending of the Elves and the life they have known.


In Doug Adams' FOTR booklet, he lists only two lines of melody as the Lothlórien Theme, but I think many of us are familiar with the melody progressing along a few more lines. In the cases when it does... and it's sung... those lines are from the Chorus text for Lament for Gandalf.


Sung by The London Voices.


Original English

Melmelma nóren sina

Our love for this land


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Núra lá earo núri

Is deeper than the deeps of the sea

Ilfirin nairelma

Our regret is undying

Ananta ilyar eccatuvalme

Yet we will cast all away

Ar ullume nucuvalme

Rather than submit

Nauva i nauva.

What should be shall be.

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

Galadriel tells Frodo:

"Do you not see now wherefore your coming is to us as the footstep of Doom? For if you fail, then we are laid bare to the Enemy. Yet if you succeed, then our power is diminished, and Lothlórien will fade, and the tides of Time will sweep it away. We must depart into the West, or dwindle to a rustic folk of dell and cave, slowly to forget and to be forgotten.'

Frodo bent his head. `And what do you wish? ' he said at last.

'That what should be shall be,' she answered.  'The love of the Elves for their land and their works is deeper than the deeps of the Sea, and their regret is undying and cannot ever wholly be assuaged.  Yet they will cast all away rather than submit to Sauron: for they know him now.  For the fate of Lothlórien you are not answerable, but only for the doing of your own task.  Yet I could wish, were it of any avail, that the One Ring had never been wrought, or had remained for ever lost.'