or Galadriel's Lament in Lórien

lyrics source text







The Great River

Leaving Lórien - Theatrical Version

(FOTR - Track 15)


Farewell to Lórien

Leaving Lórien - Extended Version

(TTT - Track 20)

The Fighting Uruk-hai

Leaving Lórien - Extended Version

(CR-FOTR Disc Three - Track 4)


Uglúk’s Warriors

Pippin tears off his Elven Brooch (not in movie)

(CR-TTT Disc One - Track 5)


The Banishment of Éomer

The Three Hunters chase the Uruk-hai

(CR-TTT Disc One - Track 7)

Isengard Unleashed

Haldir's Lament

(TTT - Track 17)


Haldir's Lament

(CR-TTT Disc Three - Track 8)



Music composed by Howard Shore



Text (English translation and Quenya lyrics)

by J.R.R. Tolkien

FOTR, Book 2, Chapter VIII, Farewell to Lórien

None of these pieces uses the same melody (although the cues for Pippin's Brooch and Three Hunters are similar).


Sung by The London Voices, female choir in FOTR.

Sung by The London Voices for cues: Pippin's Brooch and Three Hunters in TTT.

Sung by Elizabeth Fraser & The London Voices for Haldir's Lament in TTT.


Ai! Laurië lantar lassi súrinen,
yéni únótimë ve rámar aldaron!
Yéni ve
lintë yuldar avánier
mi oromardi lissë-miruvór
Andúnë pella, Vardo tellumar
nu luini yassen tintilar i eleni
ómaryo airetári-

Sí man i yulma nin enquantuva?

An sí Tintallë Varda Oiolossëo
ve fanyar máryat Elentári ortanë

ar ilyë tier undulávë lumbulë
ar sindanóriello caita mornië

i falmalinnar imbë met,
ar hísië untúpa Calaciryo míri oialë.
Sí vanwa ná, Rómello vanwa, Valimar!
Namárië! Nai hiruvalyë Valimar!
Nai elyë hiruva! Namárië!

Tolkien’s translation (not literal)

Ah! like gold fall the leaves in the wind,
long years numberless as the wings of trees!
The long years have passed like swift draughts
of the sweet mead in lofty halls
beyond the West, beneath the blue vaults of Varda
wherein the stars tremble
in the voice of her song, holy and queenly.

Who now shall refill the cup for me?

For now the Kindler, Varda, the Queen of the stars,
from Mount Everwhite has uplifted her hands like clouds
and all paths are drowned deep in shadow;
and out of a grey country darkness lies
on the foaming waves between us,
and mist covers the jewels of Calacirya for ever.
Now lost, lost to those of the East is Valimar!
Farewell! Maybe thou shalt find Valimar!
Maybe even thou shalt find it! Farewell!


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FOTR, Book 2, Chapter VIII, Farewell to Lórien
Galadriel sings this song as the Fellowship departs from Lórien