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On 14th January Eivor
performed “May It Be
” for the Queen of Denmark, in a concert celebrating the 40th year of her reign.
“May It Be
” was composed by the Irish musician Enya
for the closing titles of the film The Fellowship of the Ring
. It was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song in 2001, losing out to Randy Newman’s “If I Didn’t Have You”
. The lyrics, by Roma Ryan, are in English and the Elvish language Quenya. There are two lines in Quenya: “Mornië utúlië,” means “Darkness has come.”and “Mornië alantië” means “Darkness has fallen.” They are intermingled with the English lyrics, as in “Mornië utúlië, Believe and you will find your way, Mornië alantië, A promise lives within you now.”
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has long admired Tolkien’s work. In the early 1970’s she drew a set of illustrations for The Lord of the Rings which she sent to Tolkien. He was impressed by the drawings, being struck by how similar in style they were to his own. Redrawn by the British artist Eric Fraser, they were published in a Danish translation of The Lord of the Rings. They also appeared in a British edition of the book, published by HarperCollins, under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer.
To watch the performance, click here.
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