Welcome to Tyalie Tyelellieva
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Tyalie Tyelellieva translates, more or less, as "the games of the Elves who have come to perfect their music and poetry". This website and the related publications and projects are intended to encourage and assist people in learning to speak, read and write the Elvish languages.
Resources to help you learn Elvish
The FAQ "Frequently Asked Questions" and Answers for the Elvish languages and alphabets should be especially helpful to new students of the Elvish languages. It helps explain a lot of the most basic stuff.
This is a webpage which I have set up to provide information about an Elvish Language practice class. It has the first and second lessons with words and phrases in Quenya, and a pronunciation guide.
- Everyone is welcome to participate.
- There is no cost to participate.
- In the past, the prizes have included various dragon statuettes, glow-in-the dark star charts, and small ornaments that you can wear in public, thereby provoking responses of awe and consternation.
- The winners are chosen by vote of subscribers to Tyalie Tyelellieva and attendees at the conference where the prizes are given.
- Entries are still being accepted for the Fourth Elvish Language Poetry Prize.
Tyalie Tyelellieva is the printed journal that supports the Elvish Language Poetry Prize. It was begun to print poems and other literary works in the Elvish languages and to provide information on the languages to assist people in learning Elvish.
The journal includes articles by many people about Quenya, Sindarin, and the other languages of Middle-earth. It also includes artwork, especially of Tolkien's invented alphabets like the Tengwar and Cirth. And it includes articles on life in Middle-earth, often on technical subjects such as astronomy, nature and crafts as well as practice with the languages and alphabets.
Issue 18 was published December 2001 and consisted of Helge Fauskanger's analysis of the Lord's Prayer and Hail Mary in Quenya. This format was different from the usual one because of the importance of this article, but we will be returning to the regular format in future issues. Back issues are available and there is a complete list of the contents of previously published issues here.
Languages, Alphabets (and Fonts) of Middle-earth
Tolkien invented several languages and alphabets and also used some real languages and alphabets for Middle-earth. Other people have created fonts for use in writing them. What follows here are some links that give more information, or where to find more information about the languages, alphabets (and fonts) that you might want to use.
Runes of Gondolin, the Tengwar, the Cirth, of which there are many varieties, including cursive forms, and the Goblin Alphabet. I have just uploaded a very brief explanation of the tengwar numerals.
(completely updated, 7/04) This page gives links to sites where you can download electronic fonts for several of Tolkien's invented alphabets.
Publications about the Elvish Languages
This list provides a description of the unpublished manuscripts that are known to exist in addition to many manuscripts or texts which have been published in obscure and out of the way places (mainly fanzines or "tiny literary journals"). It gives an idea of what more is known about the languages and alphabets than has been published in mass market books and it also provides sources where the material can be ordered if it is not out of print, or maybe even if it is.
This list gives information about the specifically linguistic interest of each of the standard works, mainly books, published by J.R.R.Tolkien, and/or edited by Christopher Tolkien, plus a few additional works by other people that I thought were of linguistic interest. It is still slightly under construction since I hope to provide more detailed information for a few of the books.
For information about the Lord of the Rings movie, try these sites:
- The One Ring put up by Xoanan who is in New Zealand.
- The Official NewLine Movie Site. This is always changing so if you see somethng you like, you had better save it--it will be gone in a few weeks. There is currently a gallery of photos of Legolas--don't all knock each other down.
- TolkienMovies.com has all the usual stuff on it.
- And for the funniest review of the worst movie, see Helge Fauskanger's review of the Popcorn Eaters.
And finally, here is a link to the preface for the legal opinion, which in turn links to the legal opinion on the subject of Elvish languages and alphabets.
If you like discussing Elvish, my email address is: LisaStar@earthling.net. If you send me an email, please put something in the subject line about "Elvish" or "Tyalie Tyelellieva" because I get a bunch of spam which I delete without reading, and I don't want to accidentally delete your message.
Link corrections are always appreciated.Tyalie Tyelellieva / LisaStar@earthling.net / last updated May 2009
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