Q. ortírielyanna rucimmë, Aina Eruontari “we fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God”

Q. ortírielyanna rucimmë, Aina Eruontari, “we fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God”

Ortírielyanna [Next Phrase >]

The first line of Ortírielyanna, Tolkien’s translation of the Sub Tuum Praesidium prayer. The first word Ortírielyanna “to thy patronage” is 3rd-person-polite (-lya¹ “thy”) ablative (-nna “to”) form of ortírië “patronage”. The second word rucimmë “we fly” is the 1st-person-plural-exclusive inflection (-mmë² “we”) of the verb ruc- “flee”. The third word is aina “holy” and the last word is Eruontari, a name of Mary as the genetrix (female begetter) of the Son of God.

Decomposition: Broken into its constituent elements, this phrase would be:

ortírie-lya-nna ruci-mme, Aina Eru-ontari = “*patronage-thy-to flee-we, Holy God-genetrix”.

Conceptual Development: The first word was initially written Ortírielyanne (with final e instead of a), but Wynne, Smith and Hostetter suggested this is probably a slip (VT44/5). The third word was initially written Aini >> Aina. Tolkien considered several different Quenya translations for “Mother of God”; ignoring incomplete forms, the development was Eruamillë >> Eruontarië >> Eruontari.

Reference ✧ VT44/5 ✧ {Ortírielyanne >>} Ortírielyanna rucimme, {Aini >>} Aina {Eruamille >> Eruontarie >>} Eruontari “we fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God”


#ortírië “*patronage, (lit.) watching over (from above)” 2nd-sg-polite-poss allative ✧ VT44/7 (Ortírielyanna)
#ruc- “to feel fear or horror; *to flee (to)” aorist 1st-pl-exclusive ✧ VT44/7 (rucimme)
aina “holy, revered, numinous” ✧ VT44/7
Eruontarië “*Mother of God, (lit.) God-genetrix” ✧ VT44/7 (Eruontari)

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