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Enya is the pseudonym of Eithne Ni Bhraonain, an Irish New Age music singer born in the county of Donegal. Belonging to a family of musicians, in 1982 Enya joined Nicky and Ryan with the intention of composing movie scores: their first important work was for the Birtish documentary “The Celts”. Enya’s success came with their album Watermark, which set the basic scheme that all subsequent albums would follow.

Many of the songs by Enya have lyrics that mix English with other languages. Enya utilizes many different languages in their songs, with pieces entirely sung in Irish or Latin, and others including Welsh, Esperanto, Spanish, French, Japanese, and many others. One of the most interesting characteristics of the music of Enya is that they write songs in fantasy languages, such as J. R. R. Tolkien’s Quenya and Sindarin (both languages spoken by the mythical elves) as well as in Loxian, a language invented by Roma Ryan.

Some of Enya’s songs are inspired and have featured in the movies of The Lord of the Rings, such as Lothlorien, May It Be, Aníron. The song “May It Be” was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Song category for the 2002 ceremonies.

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