You try things in English or Gaelic and sometimes it just doesn’t sound right, so after writing in Tolkien’s Elvish I thought I’d try my own language. It meant we could create the right sounds and words for Enya’s voice so the poetry of the lyrics sit on the curves of the music. Roma, 2005
From Aldebaran to The Loxian Gates
We have journeyed from Aldebaran, the track that tells of the future migration of the Celts through space, to the three Loxian songs of Amarantine, which were born of Aldebaran. In Aldebaran, the lyrics are in Enya’s native tongue — Gaeilge — and so the Irish language is brought forth to play its part in the future. The three Loxian songs — ‘The River Sings’, ‘Water Shows The Hidden Heart’ and ‘Less Than A Pearl’ — are dear to me as, to the wordsmith, one of the most exciting elements of all is that of the creation of a word. Because both Enya and Nicky share a spirit of exploration and discovery, I have had the opportunity with the Loxian songs not only to gather words, but to create them. The word Loxian itself has undergone its own metamorphosis, coming from the epithet of the Greek God of the sun, of truth, of prophecy — Apollo, the archer-god, the loxian. A god of the sun whose name we have given to those who travel to the moon. It is a subtle irony. So, too, is the language of the Loxians, whose words we have woven into these songs, yet those very words belong to a future migration travelling beyond Aldebaran.Roma Ryan from ‘The Very Best of Enya’ collector’s edition
EMI Music Publishing Ltd, 2009
The first Loxian phrase created by Roma. It means “water shows the hidden heart”.
The water script
The rain script
|Name of season||Season||Alphabet|
|Essa (leaves)||autumn||orBerummay (written wind shape)|
|Ju (snow/ north)||winter||orJummay (written snow shapes)|
|Ea (river)||third||orOommmay (written water shapes)|
|Pirrro (rain)||spring||orPirrrommay (written sky-crying shapes)|
|Luua (shadow)||summer||orLuuammay (written shadow shapes)|
|Kan (moon)||sixth||orKanmmay (written moon shapes)|
The lyrics to the Loxian songs on ‘Amarantine‘ are written in the water script.