The Song of Lúthien

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The Nazgűl

Aragorn sings in the Marshes

(CR-FOTR Disc One - Track 14)

Flight to the Ford

Arwen at Trollshaws

(FOTR - Track 8)

Give Up the Halfling

Arwen at Trollshaws

(CR-FOTR Disc Two - Track 3)

The Return of the King

Arwen at the Coronation

(ROTK - Track 17)

The Fellowship Reunited

Arwen at the Coronation

(CR-ROTK Disc Four - Track 4)



Music composed by

Howard Shore (FOTR/ROTK)


Viggo Mortensen (FOTR)

Sindarin translation by David Salo

English Text by J.R.R. Tolkien
FOTR, Book 1, Chapter XI,
A Knife in the Dark

The first two lines quoted below were used for 'Arwen's Theme'. 


The last part was sung by Aragorn in the marshes on the FOTR Extended Edition DVD and the entire lyrics (shown below) are heard on the CR-FOTR.


Lyrics and name from the AS-FOTR & AS-ROTK. In the book, the poem is called "The Song of Beren and Lúthien."


Sung by The London Voices (Arwen's Theme) and Viggo Mortensen (Midgewater Marshes).


Original English

Tinúviel elvanui

Tinúviel the elven-fair,


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Text in black indicates English translation

Elleth alfirin edhelhael

Immortal maiden elven-wise,

O hon ring finnil fuinui

About him cast her shadowy hair

A renc gelebrin thiliol

And arms like silver glimmering.

FOTR, Book 1, Chapter XI, A Knife in the Dark

Aragorn sings "The Song of Beren and Lúthien" (as this song is titled in the book index) to the Hobbits as they made their way from Bree to Rivendell.  Beren was mortal, Lúthien an Elf maid. The love of Aragorn and Arwen echo the love of Beren and Lúthien and the grandsons of Beren and Lúthien were the heads of the two family lines of which Arwen and Aragorn are the final heirs  The entire poem is considerably longer than this.