Tolkien's Languages: Sources of Information
Here is a short list of some things to help people learn Tolkien's languages, mainly Quenya and Sindarin, since so many people ask. They are all hopefully still available, mostly on the net, and either inexpensive or free. If you notice any broken links or other mistakes, I would appreciate very much if you'd let me know at LisaStar@earthling.net.
There is a new Elvish Linguistics email list, called, amazingly enough, the Elvish Linguistics list. All good people are welcome to join, and you can subscribe by sending a message to ElvishLinguisticsemail@example.com. It is moderated to remove netkooks and spammers, in accordance with the FAQ.
If you are trying to figure out how to say your name in Elvish, please look it up on these two sites first: Lapseparma webpage or try Helge Fauskangers's article "Now We Have All Got Elvish Names". I have been completely overwhelmed by people asking me questions like this, and I can't answer them all.
Elvish Languages in the MovieRyszard Derdzinski has provided a list of words and phrases here.
- Helge Fauskanger has made his Ardalambion Webpages available. The site includes detailed discussions of most of the languages of Middle-earth and introductory grammars for both Quenya and Sindarin. Also included are an index to Etymologies and a list of some of the likely spelling errors. Highly recommended.
- There is a good wordlist at Version 1.3.
- Also a new site has been set up and this has both grammars and wordlists for Quenya. Check out http://home.netcom.com/~heensle/lang/elvish/elvish.html
- A shakier site is English-Elvish wordlist.
- and there is an Elvish-English wordlist in the same place.
There is also a supplemental wordlist you may wish to see.
- Helge Fauskanger's Quenya webpage has a Grammar of Quenya. He also now added Quenya Course which can be downloaded for your own use for free. This is the best source available to learn Quenya.
Conversational QuenyaI have just been working on a series of lessons which present the sort of phrases and expressions which people study when they are learning a modern foreign language. It is called Quettie or Conversational Quenya.
Sindarin WordlistsThere is not a single decent Sindarin - English wordlist on the net right now. I regret this very much and will work on it immediately!
- Helge Fauskanger's Ardalambion pages have a Sindarin grammar. He also has a list giving the suggested conjugation for all known Sindarin verbs.
- Harold Ensle's Sindarin Dictionary includes a small grammar. This is now available form his website at http://home.netcom.com/~heensle/lang/elvish/elvish.html, but I thought he went too far in regularizing the spelling.
Dwarvish Language or KhuzdulI have provided an updated Khuzdul-English wordlist but unfortunately, it still has only about 30 words.
The best information about Tolkien's Invented Alphabets, such as the Tengwar and Cirth, is in the third book of the Lord of the Rings. However, some explanations are available here, for some of the alphabets.
I have moved the Font links to another page, Fonts and completely updated them.
More General Sources
If English is not your first language, there are many publications in other languages. Write to your country's Tolkien Society for more information. Nancy Martsch's Basic Quenya Language Lessons have been translated into a number of languages, including Polish and Spanish. There are also groups, net sites and publications devoted entirely to Tolkien's languages in various countries, e.g. Poland, Russia, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, etc. Helge Fauskanger's webpage has a list of the sites, by language.
You can order almost any book or publication (and some miniatures and collectibles) from the Tolkien Shop in the Netherlands, called Tolkienwinkel or write to:
Rene van Rossenberg Hoge Rijndijk 195 2314 AD Leiden The NetherlandsRene's email is info@tolkien_shop.com. He wraps things up well so that they don't get beaten up in the mail, and he is fast, in my experience. Americans can pay in US dollars.
*Not* recommended are Ruth Noel's book, The Languages of Middle-earth and Jim Allan's book, An Introduction to Elvish, because they are both about 25 years out of date.
Please feel free to share this information with others.
My email address is LisaStar@earthling.net If you send me a message, please put Elvish in the subject line so I don't mistake it for spam and delete it.
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