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Galu! I eneth nîn Faineth. Dorthon mi Imladris adh adar a naneth, a neledh thêlei. Adareg sâf finnel vorn a chent luin, dan nanethenin sâf finnel valen a chent vith; sevin i chent nîn o nana ah i finnel nîn od ada. Ni edhel neth, sevin nederchaen în. Thêlei nîn sevir în athan i în nîn. Seron teithad, a geliad oh i 'obennas vîn; edregol i nern o veleth!
How many sisters does she have? Three - 'a neledh thêlei = and three sisters' What colour are her eyes? Grey - she has her mothers eyes Are her sisters younger or older than her? Older - they have years beyond her years What is her name? Faineth (Pale/white girl) How old is she? Ninety - 'sevin nederchaen în = I have ninety years' What does she enjoy learning about most? Historical tales of love - 'edregol i nern o veleth = especially the tales about love'
Telin od Taur-nu-Fuin, ias torthannen peng a vaethannen an i Aran, Thranduil, maethannem yrch ah yngyl. Thî, dorthon mi Lothlorien adh i hervessenin, i eneth dîn Lanthirel, ah i iell vîn, Noreth. Noreth mela in levain, carfa na i mrŷg ah in aew, dan nin presta ir pada min eryn sui gaston in yrch hirithar den.
What weapon did he fight with? A bow ('peng') Where does he come from? Mirkwood (Taur-nu-Fuin) What enemies did he use to fight? Orcs and spiders ('yrch ah yngyl') What does his daughter love? The animals ('mela in levain = she loves the animals') What does he fear? That the orcs will find his daughter in the wood