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Aia María

    ⸱
Aia María quanta Eruanno,
Hail Mary, full of grace,
   ⸱
i Héru aselye;
the Lord is with thee;
   
aistana elye imíca nísi
blessed art thou amongst women,
      :
ar aistana i yáve mónalyo Yésus.
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
   
Aire María Eruo ontaril
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
   
á hyame rámen úcarindor
pray for us sinners,
     :
sí ar lúmesse ya firuvamme.
now and at the hour of our death.

 ⸱:⸱

In the 1950s, Tolkien made a series of translations of Catholic prayers into Quenya, among them four versions of the Hail Mary. All were published and commented in Vinyar Tengwar n° 43. We here give the last version (“Aia María IV”), edited for the punctuation.

The translation is the English version of the prayer.

The text is transcribed in tengwar or “letters of Fëanor” according to the classical mode for Quenya described by Tolkien in the Appendix E to The Lord of the Rings and used for instance by the Namarië manuscript in The Road Goes Ever On p. 65. We made use of Johan Winge’s typeface Tengwar Annatar.  Open this mode in Glaemscribe

Vinyar Tengwar: The journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship, a Special Interest Group of the Mythopoeic Society. Edited by Carl F. Hostetter. Crofton (Maryland): 1988-  . ISSN 1054-7606. 🌍 The Elvish Linguistic Fellowship.

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