The Sub tuum praesidium is the oldest known hymn to Virgin Mary and is often used in Christian services as a prelude to the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (also known as the Litany of Loreto). In 1944, Tolkien recommended his son Christopher to learn "the Litany of Loretto [sic] (with the prayer Sub tuum praesidium)" by heart. It was therefore logical that Tolkien created his own Quenya Litany of Loreto, which immediately follows in the same manuscript as the Ortírielyanna.
|Ortírielyanna rucimme, Aina Eruontari. Alalye nattira arcandemmar sangiessemman, ono alye eterúna me illume ilya raxellor, alcarin Vénde ar manaquenta.||We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin.|
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 54, (dated 8 January 1944)
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, "'Words of Joy': Five Catholic Prayers in Quenya — Part Two" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne, Arden R. Smith, and Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 44, June 2002, p.11