Narya, Nenya & Vilya

(orquestra de sopros/concert band)

11 de dez, 2016 – (estreia mundial/premiere) – casa da música – Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa (BSP) – direção musical, Pedro Neves


Narya pertenceu a Círdan dos Portos, mas, sabendo de onde Gandalf vinha e para onde retornaria, entregou a este o Anel. Gandalf ficou encarregue de guardar Narya, o Grande, o Anel de Fogo, capaz de acender o coração dos povos da Terra-média. Este Anel ostentava um rubi. Nenya pertenceu a Galadriel, era feito de Mithril com um brilhante diamante, o Anel da Água tinha o poder de manter belos os jardins de Lothlórien, reino da Senhora Galadriel, e de retardar o envelhecimento do mundo. Vilya pertenceu a Gil-Galad, que antes de morrer o entregou a Elrond Meio-elfo. O Anel do Ar era o mais poderoso d’Os Três e ostentava uma Safira. Era usado também para proteger Valfenda. Conta a história que foi com sua ajuda que Elrond fez a inundação do rio e salvou Frodo dos Nazgûl, pouco antes de se formar a Irmandade. Narya, Nenya & Vilya é uma obra composta em três andamentos. A ideia geradora assenta no facto de ambos os andamentos terem alguma coisa em comum, ao mesmo tempo que possuem características próprias.


The first ring, Narya, was adorned with a red stone. It was also called the Narya the Great, Ring of Fire, and Red Ring. According to Unfinished Tales, at the start of the War of the Elves and Sauron, Celebrimbor gave Narya together with the Ring Vilya to Gil-galad, High King of the Noldor. Gil-galad entrusted Narya to his lieutenant Círdan, Lord of the Havens of Mithlond, who kept it after Gil-galad’s death. According to The Lord of the Rings, Gil-galad received only Vilya, while Círdan received Narya from the very beginning along with Galadriel receiving Nenya from the start. In the Third Age, Círdan, recognizing Gandalf’s true nature as one of the Maiar from Valinor, gave him the ring to aid him in his labours. It is described as having the power to inspire others to resist tyranny, domination, and despair, as well as giving resistance to the weariness of time: “Take now this Ring,” he said; “for thy labours and thy cares will be heavy, but in all it will support thee and defend thee from weariness. For this is the Ring of Fire, and herewith, maybe, thou shalt rekindle hearts to the valour of old in a world that grows chill”. Narya was worn openly by Gandalf at the Grey Havens. The second ring, Nenya, was made of mithril and adorned with a “white stone”, presumably a diamond. It is also called Ring of Adamant, Ring of Water and the White Ring. The ring is wielded by Galadriel of Lothlórien, and possesses radiance that matches that of the stars; while Frodo Baggins can see it by virtue of being a Ring-bearer, Samwise Gamgee tells Galadriel he only “saw a star through your fingers”. Nenya’s power gave preservation, protection, and possibly concealment from evil because “there is a secret power here that holds evil from the land”. However, the fact that Orcs from Moria entered Lórien after The Fellowship of the Ring and Lórien itself had suffered previous attacks from Sauron’s Orcs sent from Dol Guldur suggests the power of the ring did not constitute military prowess. It was said that, protected as it was by Nenya, Lothlórien would not have fallen unless Sauron had personally come to attack it. Galadriel used these powers to create and sustain Lothlórien, but it also increased in her the longing for the Sea and her desire to return to the Undying Lands. After the destruction of the One Ring and the defeat of Sauron, its power faded along with the other Rings of Power. Galadriel bore Nenya on a ship from the Grey Havens into the West, accompanied by the other two Elven Rings and their bearers. With the ring gone, the magic and beauty of Lórien also faded along with the extraordinary mallorn trees and it was gradually depopulated, until by the time Arwen came there to die in F.A. 121 it was deserted and in ruin.  The third ring, Vilya, was made of gold and adorned with a “great blue stone”. It is also called, Ring of Air, Ring of Firmament, or Blue Ring. It is generally considered that Vilya was the mightiest of these three bands. The exact power of Vilya is not mentioned; however it is reasonable to speculate that it also possesses the power to heal and to preserve. There is some speculation that the ring controlled minor elements, considering the event where Elrond had summoned a torrent of water as the Nazgûl attempted to capture Frodo and the One Ring. When Sauron laid waste to Eregion, Vilya was sent to the Elven-king Gil-galad far away in Lindon, where it was later given to Elrond, who bore it through the later years of the Second Age and all of the Third. As Gil-galad was the High King of the Noldor elves at the time of the rings’ distribution it was thought that he was best fit to care for the most powerful of the three Elven rings. Upon Sauron’s destruction, the power of Vilya faded and it was taken over the sea by Elrond at the end of the Third Age. Narya, Nenya & Vilya, is a work composed in three movements. The genesis is based on the idea that both movements have something in common, while having their own characteristics.