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The Fall of Gil-galad was a poem sung by Sam Gamgee before he and the three other Hobbits, led by Strider, reached Weathertop. The lay known as "The Fall of Gil-galad" had been written in ancient times, and spoke of the death of the Elven High King Gil-galad, who battled Sauron during the Battle of Mordor. Sometime during his stay in Rivendell, Bilbo translated it from an older tongue, probably Quenya. Sam's recitation of the poem is incomplete as he did not want to learn the rest, which dealt with Mordor and the War of the Last Alliance.[1]


Gil-galad was an Elven-king.
Of him the harpers sadly sing;
the last whose realm was fair and free
between the Mountains and the Sea.

His sword was long, his lance was keen.
His shining helm afar was seen;
the countless stars of heaven's field
were mirrored in his silver shield.

But long ago he rode away,
and where he dwelleth none can say;
for into darkness fell his star
in Mordor where the shadows are.

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die einde van Gil-galad
Albanian Fundi i Gil-galadit
Arabic نهاية جيل جالادا
Azerbaijani Gil-galadın düşməsi
Basque Gil-galadren hondamena
Bengali গিল-গালাদ শেষ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Краят на Гил-галад
Catalan La caiguda de Gil-galad
Croatian Kraj Gila-galada
Czech Konec Gila-galadů
Danish Gil-galads fall
Dutch De val van Gil-galad
Esperanto La fino de Gil-galad
Estonian Gil-galadi lõpp
Faroese Gil-galads fall
Finnish Gil-galadin tuho
French La Chanson de Gil-galad
Galician A caída de Gil-galad
Georgian გილ-გალადის დასასრული
German Der Untergang von Gil-galad
Greek Το τέλος του Τζιλ-γαλαδ
Gujarati ગિલ-ગલાડનો અંત
Hebrew סופו של גיל-גלעד
Hindi गिल-गलाद का अंत
Hungarian A Gil-galad bukása
Italian La caduta di Gil-galad
Latvian Gil-galada beigas
Lithuanian Gil-galado kritimas
Macedonian Cyrillic Крајот на Гил-Галад
Marathi गिल-गालाडचा शेवट
Norwegian Gil-galads fall
Polish Koniec Gil-galada
Portuguese A Queda de Gil-galad
Romanian Căderea Gil-galad
Russian Падение Гил-галада
Serbian Пад Гил-галад (Cyrillic) Pad Gil-galad (Latin)
Slovak Koniec Gil-galad
Slovenian Konec Gil-galada
Spanish La caída de Gil-galad
Swedish Gil-galads fall
Telugu గిల్-గాలాడా ముగింపు
Turkish Gil-galad'ın sonu
Ukrainian Cyrillic Падіння Ґіл-ґалада
Vietnamese Sự sụp đổ của Gil-galad