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A Collection of Sindarin Tanka
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Nniel - Tearful

Meneg en gelyn
Siriar na aear.
Dan -bant aer.
Meneg n bant ennn nn.
Pannathar inaear.
Thousands of rivers
Flow down to the sea.
But the sea is never full.
Thousand years are filled with my tears.
They will fill the sea.

Illustration for the Sindarin tanka 'Tearful' by JunoMagic'



Tanka - Based on an ancient Chinese proverb: "Thousands and thousands of rivers flow down to the sea, but the sea will never be filled. And even if men could turn stone to gold, they wouldnever be content." It seems appropriate for many events in Elvish history, as well as for the sadness of sealonging experienced by those who remained in Middle-earth even after their heart had heard the call of the sea.

Illustration - All pictures used in this collage are posted under a "Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike"-licence at Flickr. The background is by ecstaticist, the sad face by Juampa Giusepponi, the woman sitting at the beach is by bettina_n and the gull is by clappstar.


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