Learn English – Modal verb in the beginning of a sentence


I am reading The Lord of the Ring where I found this sentence:
May you have joy of the sight, my good dwarf!

Is it a correct usage of modal verb? I have not found any grammar rule for this case.

Thank you.

Best Answer

It is grammatical and current usage in formal contexts, to express a wish or desire.

  • May all your dreams come true.
  • May the New Year bring you joy and happiness.
  • May the peace of Christmas be with you.