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Oilima Markirya

Oilima Markirya ("The Last Ark") is the title of a Qenya/Quenya poem (with English translation) by J.R.R. Tolkien, originally published in the essay "A Secret Vice" (in The Monsters and the Critics).

Two additional versions of the poem also appeared in The Monsters and the Critics, one called "the first version", and one likely dating from "the last decade" of Tolkien's life.

Draft versions of Oilima Markirya, together with comments, were published in Parma Eldalamberon 16.

Helge Fauskanger used the early (1931) and late versions of the first stanza of the poem to display the evolution of Tolkien's revisions in Quenya.[1]

[edit] Last version of the poem

Men cenuva fánë cirya
métima hrestallo círa,
i fairi nécë
ringa súmaryassë
ve maiwi yaimië?

Man tiruva fána cirya,
wilwarin wilwa,
ëar-celumessen
rámainen elvië
ëar falastala,
winga hlápula
rámar sisílala,
cálë fifírula?

Man hlaruva rávëa súrë
ve tauri lillassië,
ninqui carcar yarra
isilmë ilcalassë,
isilmë pícalassë
isilmë lantalassë
ve loicolícuma;
raumo nurrua,
undumë rúma?

Man cenuva lumbor ahosta
Menel acúna
ruxal' ambonnar,
ëar amortala,
undumë hácala,
enwina lúmë
elenillor pella
talta-taltala
atalantië mindonnar?

Man tiruva rácina cirya
ondolissë mornë
nu fanyarë rúcina,
anar púrëa tihta
axor ilcalannar
métim' auressë?
Man cenuva métim' andúnë?

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References

  1. Helge Fauskanger, "Tolkien's Not-So-Secret Vice", Ardalambion (accessed 13 October 2019)