Átaremma, Aia María, and Alcar i Ataren: Prayers of the Rosary in Quenya
Video by my dear friend Zachary Gochenhour
It comes as no surprise that Tolkien, being both devoted to his Catholic faith and the study of language, found a way to combine his two passions — by translating several prayers into Quenya. Almost enough to pray an entire Rosary if you wanted to.
Good morning, did you know Tolkien translated Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be into Quenya so you could almost pray the an entire Rosary in Elvish?— Tea with Tolkien (@TeawithTolkien) August 10, 2018
Átaremma | Pater Noster
Átaremma i ëa han Eä
na airë esselya
aranielya na tuluva
na carë indómelya
cemendë tambe Erumandë
ámen anta síra ilaurëa massamma
ar ámen apsenë úcaremmar
sív’ emmë apsenet tien i úcarir emmen
álamë tulya úsahtienna
mal ámë etelehta ulcullo: násië
Aia María | Ave Maria
Aia María quanta Eruanno
i Héru aselyë
aistana elyë imíca nísi
ar aistana i yávë mónalyo Yésus
Airë María Eruo ontaril
á hyamë rámen úcarindor
sí ar lúmessë ya firuvammë: násië
Alcar i Ataren | Gloria Patri
alcar i Ataren ar i Yondon ar i Airefean
tambë engë i et...
Sub tuum praesidium
Alough the Sub tuum praesidium isn’t a part of the Rosary but it was one of Tolkien’s favorite prayers and he also translated it into Quenya — you can listen to it here.
Ortírielyanna rucimme, Aina Eruontari,
alalye nattira arca·ndemmar sangiessemman
ono alye eterúna me illume ilya raxellor alcarin
Vénde ar manaquenta.
Would you pray in Quenya? Personally, because I’m not as familiar with it as I am with English or even Latin, I think it would be a bit distracting for me and it could feel like too much of a novelty. However, if you were well-versed in Quenya, I imagine praying these ancient prayers in such a beautiful language would be an incredible experience. Comment below with your thoughts or @ me on twitter.