Many Meetings
Howard Shore Lyrics

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A Elbereth Gilthoniel
Silivren penna míriel

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Many Meetings by Howard Shore begins with the line, "A Elbereth Gilthoniel, Silivren penna míriel," which translates to "O Elbereth Gilthoniel, the pure silver-fountain." The song is a part of the soundtrack for the movie, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and plays during the scene where Frodo wakes up in Rivendell after being stabbed by a Morgul blade.

The lyrics are in Sindarin, which is a fictional language created by J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings. The song is a lament and a praise to Elbereth, a high elven queen who is also known as Varda. The character of Elbereth is revered by the elves of Middle Earth, and is considered the protector of stars.

The song evokes a feeling of wonder, magic, and sadness, and complements the scene where Frodo, who is amazed to find himself in Rivendell, is comforted by Sam and is welcomed by Gandalf. The song's ethereal melody, with its haunting vocals and mystical undertones, perfectly captures the enchanting essence of Middle Earth.

Line by Line Meaning

A Elbereth Gilthoniel
I call upon Elbereth Gilthoniel, the queen of the stars, seeking her guidance and protection

Silivren penna míriel
Her shining white banner is a symbol of hope and beauty, worthy of admiration

o menel aglar elenath!
Oh shining starry host of the valiant elders! You possess great power and wisdom

Na-chaered palan-díriel
You who have seen the fall of Gondolin, remained resolute and steadfast

o galadhremmin ennorath,
Oh tree-lords of the northern lands, you have witnessed the trials and tribulations of Middle-earth

Fanuilos, le linnathon
Illuminate us with your luminous light, and sing to us a tale of hope and courage

nef aear, si nef aearon!
May your path be one of brightness, a path of brightness for all to follow

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