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Olthad o'Laur - To Dream of Light

Olthad o'LaurTo Dream of Light
Pullim matho 'laur
Ir in-yrn edlodhier.
Si oltham o 'laur
Anram ratho in'ail
- Dan darim na-'rui Edhil.
We could touch light
When the trees flowered.
Today we dream of light
- but we remain
only the people of the stars.

illustration of the Sindarin tanka 'To Dream of Light' by JunoMagic



Sindarin - "can, to be able to" is referenced as "puli", "pul-" referenced in the Hiswelk dictionary as Neo-Sindarin; "reach" is also referenced as "ratho", "ratha-" in the Hiswelk dictionary, as Neo-Sindarin derived from Quenya "rakta"; "only" translated as "na-erui" is also Neo-Sindarin (na + erui); I took poetic license and allowed the sounds to flow together.

Tanka - This tanka reflects the loss of the light of the Two Trees to Melkor and Ungoliant.

Illustration - The background of this Photoshop collage is a public domain picture from the NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), an ESA/Hubble Collaboration. The hands belong to a picture by Natashalatrasha posted under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike licence at Flickr. The eye is a part of a picture by Don_Gato (Creative Commons Attribution licence at Flickr).


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