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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
Sung by Gildor the Elf's company at the beginning of Frodo's journey from the Shire.
In Tolkien's mythology, Elbereth was one of the Valar (a god or angel) associated with light who spread the stars across the night sky. This was before the sun and moon were created ("the Sunless Year")
Frodo cries out her name "Elbereth" when he first defends himself against the Ringwraiths on Weathertop. Aragorn later says that the name, associated with the light of the Valar, probably harmed the Witch King of Angmar more than Frodo's sword did.
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