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The Civilian Saviors of Iceland

Iceland’s volunteer rescue squad saves missing hikers, stranded sheep, and helpless tourists. The group’s members are well equipped, self-funded, and enjoy a near-mythical reputation among their countrymen. Nick Paumgarten joins the search, in this week’s issue.

Photograph by Benjamin Lowy / Getty Images Reportage for The New Yorker

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As the only child of hunters Rinne and Varan, Nehn never went long without attention, despite wishing desperately (and often) for the exact opposite. Though the Inquisitor is a woman of many—and colorful—words, not much else is known about her upbringing other than a few hard facts: Varan was lost to clan Lavellan in a failed slaving raid when Nehn was fourteen. She was the craftsmaster’s apprentice. She earned her vallaslin at eighteen. She got into scuffles frequently enough to earn the nickname elvar’len—difficult child—and she was a notoriously obstinate and talented pupil, one with an aptitude for blades that matched her father’s. 

In spite of being periodically and sharply reprimanded for her affability toward the non-elvhen, Nehn has not lost her good cheer nor her shamelessness. It’s a quality that has no doubt gone a long way toward her continued survival. (inspo)

I was originally just going to start translating this during my break and ended up finishing it. I had to change some lines because of the limitations in vocabulary - which made it about 100% sadder in my opinion. 

Elvish Lyrics:

Ane vunlea, ma sa'vunlea
Himan shathe melahn mith'ma
Tel'eolasas, emas ma'lath'in
Sathan tel'ir'veras ma vunlea

Nydha i’ve, la'var uneran
Unemathan na in ma era.
Elvar'nas elgar'vhen'an unhar em
Unnuman, unmi'nas'sal'inan.

Ar uth'lath ma i lanan na nehn.
Sathan dirthas ane ma vhenan.
Tel'varas em. Tel'ha'lam'shiras.
Junulas var ha'lam sa'vir.

Ane vunlea, ma sa'vunlea
Himan shathe melahn mith'ma
Tel'eolasas, emas ma'lath'in
Sathan tel'ir'veras ma vunlea.
Sathan tel'ir'veras ma vunlea.

Translated Lyrics:

You are my sunshine, my one sunshine.
I become happy when you are near.
You do not understand, you have my heart.
Please don’t steal my sunlight.

The night before, while I slept
I embraced you in my dream.
The cruel Fade deceived me.
I wept, mourning the loss of you.

I love you eternally and give you joy.
Please say you are my love/heart/home.
Don’t leave me. Don’t abandon.
You will regret our end one day.

You are my sunshine, my one sunshine.
I become happy when you are near.
You do not understand, you have my heart.
Please don’t steal my sunlight.
Please don’t steal my sunlight.

Original Lyrics:

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