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Peter_20
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Of these two languages, what's your favourite?

I must say I've always like Quenya better.
Sindarin is alright as well, but I honestly didn't find it very interesting.
I've always had a passion for languages that use very strong sounds, and still come of as pretty, and Quenya is such a language; Finnish fits into this category, too.

I mean, to me there's not contest between Fëanáro/Findaráto/Aikanáro and Faenor/Finrod/Aegnor; the former beats the latter, IMO, because the Quenya names sound much cooler.
The only name that sounds better in Sindarin is Fingolfin, compared to the Quenya original Finwënolofinwë.
However, whenever I ask my friends what they prefer, they're all for Sindarin, because they think it sounds "cleaner".
I understand what they mean, but I still prefer Quenya any day. []

What about you?

[ 08-22-2007, 11:13 AM: Message edited by: Peter_20 ]

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I never appreciated to have blood on my hands, so it's Sindarin, for sure []
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Oh, you mean "serkë i mányat"? []
I think that's Quenya for "blood on my hands", but I'm not sure.

In Sindarin it would become something like "sereg i cambyan" or whatever, I just take a wild guess. XD

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I vote for Quenya.
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Dwarves are prejudiced on this issue.
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[] @ WT.

I vote for Quenya too, and I'm a Maia, so everybody should agree.

But Valarin rules []

On a slightly different subject, I've always wonder if the "at" form (dual) would, in this case, apply to Beren []

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Peter_20, you should come to the Opelë over in the Floating Log and become a Quenya Defender (there will be a new Opelë up soon).
Only there's not a lot of linguistic quarrel going on there these days []

I find Quenya to be more beautiful than Sindarin. It has got a more flowing character to the language, which I find to be more pleasing.

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Norwegians are prejudiced on this issue.
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I still have nightmares from watching Finnish television on my first day in Stockholm, while Thingol was at work.

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More honnestly, I prefer the sound of Sindarin, most of all the -dh.
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I second that - Sindarin is more elegant in my ears.
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Quenya. No explanation required.
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Let me be the resident [] and say Westron.

Oh, Pete, I'd say "blood on my hands" in S is "sereg or chaim nîn".

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Was there much difference between the language which Gondor used in it's days of power descended from the Numenoreans and those of the Elves?
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It depends which language you're talking about : either Sindarin, spoken by the most noble families (which was somewhat different from First Age Sindarin, and also probably different from "pure" Third Age Elvish Sindarin), or Common Language, which was related to Adûnaic but which incorporated some Sindarin words.
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The Gondorian dialect of Sindarin is interesting, but Tolkien never gave us more than a couple of characteristics: no /y/, no /ch/, that kind of stuff. It would probably be the same to Sindarin as an Englishman (or a Dutchman) speaking French would be to a Frenchman.
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is someone here abel to write Tengwar - Quenya ?
i need one sentence to somebody write it down

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Cuilë ná vanya lindalë ! Lilta ar Raina

i need that in tengwar
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quote:
Oh, you mean "serkë i mányat"? []
I think that's Quenya for "blood on my hands", but I'm not sure.

Close. More like sercë mányatsë. But that means literally having blood on one's hands. For colloquial expressions, something along the lines of sercamaquat ("bloody-handed" or "hands full of blood") may be more accurate.
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hey SILMAHTAR , is my sentence ok?
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What do you think it says?
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life is beautiful music! dance and smile
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That's about right...

Add Á at the beginning of your second sentence to make the verbs imperative.
quote:
Cuilë ná vanya lindalë! Á lilta ar raina!


[ 03-22-2008, 05:31 PM: Message edited by: Silmahtar ]

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thanx very much
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Sindarin for me, though I'm far from versed in either.
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