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Aldudénië

Type: Songs & Stories

Meaning: Lament for the Two Trees

Description:

An elegy about the destruction of the Two Trees:
So the great darkness fell upon Valinor. Of the deeds of that day much is told in the Aldudénië, that Elemmírë of the Vanyar made and is known to all the Eldar. Yet no song or tale could contain all the grief and terror that then befell. The Light failed; but the Darkness that followed was more than loss of light. In that hour was made a Darkness that seemed not lack but a thing with being of its own: for it was indeed made by malice out of Light, and it had power to pierce the eye, and to enter heart and mind, and strangle the very will.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 8, Of The Darkening of Valinor


Etymology
alda 'tree' (Quenya) in Aldaron, Aldudénië, Malinalda, corresponding to Sindarin galadh (seen in Caras Galadhon and the Galadhrim of Lothlórien).

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

Contributors:
Elithien 9Jun03
Elena Tiriel 10Mar08

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