Funeral of Théodred

        also known as Lament for Théodred

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Théoden King

Théodred's Funeral

(CR-TTT Disc Two  - Track 3)


Music by Plan 9

Words by Philippa Boyens

Translated into Old English (Rohirric) by David Salo

Old English (Rohirric) Pronunciation Guide

Inspired by Beowulf

Line 2265


The Lyrics are found in The Annotated Score of the Two Towers.


Éowyn sings this at Théodred's funeral in the extended edition of TTT. HS COMMENT 


Sung by choir and Miranda Otto.

Old English (Rohirric)

English translation

Nú on théostrum licgeth Théodred se léofa

Now dear Théodred lies in darkness,
hæ´letha holdost. most loyal of fighters.
ne sceal hearpan sweg wigend weccean; The sound of the harp shall not wake the warrior;
ne winfæ´t gylden guma sceal healdan, nor shall the man hold a golden wine-cup,

ne god hafoc geond sæ´l swingan,

nor good hawk swing through the hall,

ne se swifta mearh burhstede beatan.

nor the swift horse stamp in the courtyard.

Bealocwealm hafað fréone frecan forth onsended An evil death has set forth the noble warrior
giedd sculon singan gléomenn sorgiende A song shall sing sorrowing minstrels
on Meduselde thæt he ma no wære in Meduseld that he is no more,

his dryhtne dyrest and maga deorost.

to his lord dearest and kinsmen most beloved.



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Beowulf: (line 2265):

Bealocwelm hafað fela feorhcynna forð onsended... 'Baleful death has many of my living kin sent forth...'