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NaPoWriMo Day 21: Be Well

A poem based on a poem written by JRR Tolkien in Quenya (a constructed language) called Namarie that was published in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

NaPoWriMo Day 21 - Be Well

Todays’s NaPoWriMo prompt is to find a poem in a language that you don’t know and perform a “homophonic translation” on it. What does that mean? Well, it means to try to translate the poem simply based on how it sounds.

I wrote a poem based on a poem written by JRR Tolkien in Quenya (a constructed language) called Namarie that was published in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Be Well

We are well,
Those that blow with the wood.
We are unfinished,
Those that flow with the river.
We are grateful,
Those that lift to the sky.
We are endless,
Those that drift down the road.

Lo, I once wished for the West.
Lo, I once dreamed of the Sea.

Be well, my friends,
I go down another path.
Be well, my family,
I go to another place.
Be well, my father,
I go to be my own man.
Be well, my people,
Remember me.

For I?
I will remember you.

#naprwrimo

JRR Tolkien reciting Namarie (Galadriel’s Lament)
The Tolkien Ensemble performing Namarie