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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.[1] The English metric mode consists in a iambic tetrameter with nine stanzas of eight lines each, rhymed ABAC, BABE. Following Aragorn's words, Patrick Wynne and Carl F. Hostetter explain that these metric and rhyme try to imitate what the ann-thennath would have been in the original Sindarin poem.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Knife in the Dark"
  2. 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