Tolo - Plea of the Elves for Eru to come and heal Arda

Note: In The War of the Jewels, the eleventh book of the Histories of Middle-earth, there is a chapter entitled Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth: "The Debate of Finrod and Andreth". Finrod is the Lord of the Noldor, and Andreth is a mortal woman who, we find out, loved Finrod's brother Aegnor. One of the many interesting topics that comes up during their conversation is a promise among the Edain, known as the Old Hope. Andreth tells Finrod that among her people it is said that someday Eru will come to Arda and heal it of its marrings. They both express wonder at puzzlement at how this could come to pass--how could the Creator enter the creation? Somewhere it is implied (either in a footnote by Tolkien or something Andreth says; I can't remember) that he would have to enter Arda in a physical form, i.e. human. Unfortunately Tolkien seems to have scrapped the idea, but I still am intrigued by the concept that even the Eruchín in the long ago ages of Middle-earth had prophecies of Christ.

This is meant to be a chant, a song--similarly sung to Elizabeth Fraser's "Lament for Gandalf", with the chorus repeated by a choir behind and between the verses that one voice sings.

Arda nâ ristannen
Fuin pállui mâd
A nam eriol si
An si gerim pêth hen
Rhyss o estel eden
Bedithach, Hîren
A nestathach Arda
En ristennin dîn

Arda is broken
Night always devours
And we are alone now
Yet we cling to this promise
Whispers of new hope
That You will come, our Lord
And You shall heal Arda
Of its marrings

Tolo
Nai nesto sin
Tolo
Ah anno estel Lín
Tolo
Herim al Le
Tolo
A nesto ardhon ristannen hen
Nai telich

Come
Please heal this
Come
And give Your hope
Come
We pray to You
Come
And heal this word of its marrings
Please come

Nam ristannen
An annin o fired
A nam naegrannen
A phrestol failf
An si gerich an
I estel ónech ammen
I chodatha naeth vîn
Nai nestach, nai telich!

We are broken
By long years of fading
And we are pained
By the changing tide
Yet we cling to
The hope You have given us
That you will ease our woe
Please heal, please come!

Tolo
Nai nesto sin
Tolo
Ah anno estel Lín
Tolo
Herim al Le
Tolo
A nesto ardhon ristannen hen
Nai telich

Come
Please heal this
Come
And give Your hope
Come
We pray to You
Come
And heal this word of its marrings
Please come

Vi firiel hen
Vi moriel hen
Calad Lín telitha
Ah nuithatha in nîr
Leithiathach o coleden
A câr men as sad
Mas nach i Galad
A ú-vôr nâ

In this fading
In this darkening
Your light will come
And stop the tears
You will free us from our burdens
And make us ready for a place
Where you are the Light
And there is no darkness at all

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