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White Gold Wielder
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A new user requested information on Tolkien's language creations. Here is a great resource...

The Languages of Tolkien's Middle Earth
by Ruth S. Noel
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0395291305/qid=970595271/sr=1-1/103-1185131-9707034

It has some flaws, but it's a nice starting point if you want to learn more about Tolkien's languages. There are glossaries and dictionaries as well as many translations of quotes from Silmarillion and LotR.


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Goatleaf
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I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to disagree. It presents no material that can be found in Silm. and the Appendices, and is really a boring read with many flaws.

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White Gold Wielder
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I don't know what you mean when you say:
"It presents no material that can be found in Silm. and the Appendices, ...".

I have it in front of me and there are quite a few references to the Silmarillion. As far as the appendices, it has at least an equal amount of detail.

If this was a typo and you meant to say:
"It presents no material that CANNOT be found in Silm. and the Appendices, ...",
then I must also disagree with you.

Direct translation of quotes and songs are not found in any of Tolkien's works. Also, an attempt at a dictionary and glossary cannot be found in the Appendices.

As far as being boring, I guess it is. It is meant to be used as a reference. Do you expect a dictionary to have an exciting plot? How can you call raw information boring?


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amandil
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Links to Tolkien Language sites (I'll add more as I find good ones):

Ardalambion

Tolkien'sLanguagePage

RolozoDocs has two essays on Tolkien language- one on Quenya and one on the Black Speech.

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amandil
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Here are some fun Tolkien Language "dictionaries", which list words in different languages and their counterparts in English, along with other language-related info.

Silent'sTolkienPages


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Maedhros The One Handed
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Where did you get that pic goatleaf and who made it??
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gram
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Maedhros TOH, if you are interested in maps of Middle-earth check out this site:
M-e Map

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Mithrandir
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good link gram, thx
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Snöwdog
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This book is a worthy read though it is quite dated. You have to remember what we had to work with in those days.
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Elrond Peredhil
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I have the book and I think it's great. At least as great as a reference can be [] . But about the flaws, what are you referring to?
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Dark Lord Andúril
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Well, I am intending to purchase it myself. Along with that other one. *goes to look for it *

Oh theres a link! ^^ two posts

[ 12-20-2003, 04:05 PM: Message edited by: Dark Lord Andúril ]

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