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𐌱𐌰𐌲𐌼𐌴 πŒ±πŒ»π‰πŒΌπŒ° is a poem in the ancient and extinct Gothic language written by JRR Tolkien.

πŒ±π‚πŒΏπŒ½πŒ°πŒΉπŒΌ πŒ±πŒ°πŒΉπ‚πŒΉπŒΈ πŒ±πŒ°πŒΉπ‚πŒΊπŒ° πŒ±π‰πŒ²πŒΏπŒΌ
πŒ»πŒ°πŒΏπŒ±πŒ°πŒ½πƒ πŒ»πŒΉπŒΏπŒ±πŒ°πŒ½πƒ 𐌻𐌹𐌿𐌳𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌴𐌹,
πŒ²πŒΉπŒ»π…πŒ°πŒ²π‚π‰πŒ½πŒΉ, πŒ²πŒ»πŒΉπ„πŒΌπŒΏπŒ½πŒΎπŒ°πŒ½πŒ³πŒ΄πŒΉ,
𐌱𐌰𐌲𐌼𐌴 πŒ±πŒ»π‰πŒΌπŒ°, 𐌱𐌻𐌰𐌿𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌴𐌹,
π†πŒ°πŒ²π‚πŒ°π†πŒ°πŒ·πƒπŒ°, 𐌻𐌹𐌸𐌿𐌻𐌹𐌽𐌸𐌹,
π†π‚πŒ°πŒΏπŒΎπŒΉπŒ½π‰πŒ½πŒ³πŒ΄πŒΉ π†πŒ°πŒΉπ‚πŒ²πŒΏπŒ½πŒΉ.

π…π‰π€πŒΎπŒ°πŒ½πŒ³ π…πŒΉπŒ½πŒ³π‰πƒ, π…πŒ°πŒ²πŒΎπŒ°πŒ½πŒ³ πŒ»πŒΉπŒ½πŒ³π‰πƒ,
πŒ»πŒΏπ„πŒΉπŒΈ 𐌻𐌹𐌼𐌰𐌼 𐌻𐌰𐌹𐌺𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌴𐌹;
πƒπŒ»πŒ°πŒΉπŒ·π„πŒ°, π‚πŒ°πŒΉπŒ·π„πŒ°, πŒ·π…πŒ΄πŒΉπ„πŒ°π‚πŒΉπŒ½πŒ³πŒ°,
π‚πŒ°πŒΆπŒ³πŒ° π‚π‰πŒ³πŒ΄πŒΉπŒΈ π‚πŒ΄πŒΉπ‚πŒ°πŒ½πŒ³πŒ΄πŒΉ,
πŒ±πŒ°πŒ½πŒ³π…πŒ° πŒ±πŒ°πŒΉπ‚πŒ·π„πŒ°, π‚πŒΏπŒ½πŒ° πŒ²π‰πŒ³πŒ°,
𐌸𐌹𐌿𐌳𐌰 𐌼𐌴𐌹𐌽𐌰 𐌸𐌹𐌿𐌸𐌾𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌴𐌹.

πŒ°πŒ½πŒ³πŒ°πŒ½πŒ°πŒ·π„πŒΉ 𐌼𐌹𐌻𐌷𐌼𐌰𐌼 πŒ½πŒ΄πŒΉπ€πŒΉπŒΈ,
πŒ»πŒΉπŒΏπŒ·π„πŒ΄πŒΉπŒΈ 𐌻𐌹𐌿𐌷𐌼𐌰𐌼 𐌻𐌰𐌿𐌷𐌼𐌿𐌽𐌹;
πŒ»πŒ°πŒΏπŒ±π‰πƒ 𐌻𐌹𐌿𐌱𐌰𐌹 π†πŒ»πŒΉπŒΏπŒ²πŒ°πŒ½πŒ³ πŒ»πŒ°πŒΏπƒπŒ°πŒΉ,
π„πŒΏπŒ»πŒ²πŒΏπƒ, π„π‚πŒΉπŒ²πŒ²π…πŒ°, πƒπ„πŒ°πŒ½πŒ³πŒ°πŒ½πŒ³πŒ΄πŒΉ.
πŒ±πŒ°πŒΉπ‚πŒΊπŒ° 𐌱𐌰𐌢𐌰 𐌱𐌴𐌹𐌳𐌹𐌸 𐌱𐌻𐌰𐌹𐌺𐌰
π†π‚πŒ°πŒΏπŒΎπŒΉπŒ½π‰πŒ½πŒ³πŒ΄πŒΉ π†πŒ°πŒΉπ‚πŒ²πŒΏπŒ½πŒΉ.

The birch bears fine leaves on shining boughs
it grows pale green and glittering
the flower of the trees in bloom
fair-haired and supple-limbed
the ruler of the mountain.

The winds call, they shake gently
she bends her boughs low in sport
smooth, straight and white-barked
trembling she speaks a language
a bright token, a good mystery, blessing my people.

Evening grows dark with clouds
the lightning flashes, the fine leaves fly free
but firm and faithful the white birch stands
bare and waits, ruling the mountain.

      — Flower of the Trees, J.R.R. Tolkien

Note: both Windows and Mac users must download and install a Gothic language Unicode font to see this poem. I highly recommend Robert Pfeffer's Pfeffer Mediæval for Windows users.

Thanks, marnanel, for showing this to me! =)



( 10 comments β€” Leave a comment )
Aug. 20th, 2005 08:47 am (UTC)
I tried to d/l and install both the first and second fonts, but I still can't read the poem.
Aug. 20th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
Are you on Windows 2000? I have a Win2K machine that won't work either =P

It looks like this. =)
Aug. 20th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
I use Windows XP and I can't get it to work either...

Thanks for the links and the picture though
Aug. 20th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
Hmm... you might want to check your browser encoding settings. In IE, IIRC, it's in View->Encoding and see if "UTF-8" is there. If not, it will definitely be in View->Encoding->More.
Aug. 21st, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
O.o Maybe it's a restart your computer thing, because I just got back online a bit back, and it's showing up now.
Aug. 22nd, 2005 01:23 am (UTC)
Oh, that could be it. On my WinXP machine, it shows up right away, but Win2K could be fussier =P
Aug. 22nd, 2005 05:39 am (UTC)
I don't think that's it, because I have WinXP. And it used to show up properly once I had the fonts. I don't know what was going on with my comp last night.
Sep. 9th, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
hey S...

mark and i have no time to maintain the ubc community (also with the increase # of idiots) and was going to hand over to over other members, but i rembr that you like to organize things like that so i'd figure if you would like to take over (seeing that ur a member already).
Sep. 9th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC)
Haha, thanks for thinking of me =) But I was thinking of retiring from moderating weddingplans even, so I'm going to have to pass. =)
Sep. 9th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC)
i don't think weddingplans members are as catty as ubc morons. haha. hey, they're getting married!
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