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'''Ann-thennath''' ([[Sindarin]] ''[[
anann]]'' = long, ''[[ath]]'' = collective plural) was a song mode used in the [[ Lay of Leithian]] as chanted by Aragorn. |+|
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Latest revision as of 08:25, 13 January 2020
Ann-thennath (Sindarin ann = long, thenn = short, -ath = collective plural) was a song mode used in the Song of Beren and Lúthien as chanted by Strider. He stated that it was hard to render in the Common Speech.
The English metric mode of Beren and Lúthien consists in a iambic tetrameter (four pairs of unstressed and stressed syllable); in Classical Greek poetry however, the iambic tetrameter was originally 4 pairs of alternating short and long syllables, which is consistent to the meaning of the Sindarin term ("long-short"). This difference of terminology might account for Strider's adaptation/rendition from Sindarin (quantitative verse) to Westron (accentual-syllabic verse).
Patrick Wynne and Carl F. Hostetter explain that the metric and rhyme of the English text tries to imitate what the ann-thennath would have been in the original Sindarin poem.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Knife in the Dark"
- ↑ Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth: Patrick Wynne and Carl F. Hostetter, "Three Elvish Verse Modes: Ann-thennath, Minlamad thent / estent, and Linnod", pp. 113-120