I am pleased to announce that _Vinyar Tengwar_ 47 will be published
later this month. _VT_ 47 presents the first half of "_Eldarin Hands,
Fingers & Numerals_ and Related Writings", a four-part collection of
late texts (c. 1968) by J.R.R. Tolkien, compiled and edited by Patrick
H. Wynne. Part I presents _Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals_ (HFN)
proper, an unfinished "historical-philological" essay that provides an
account of the Common Eldarin words for 'hand' and their descendants in
Quenya, Telerin, and Sindarin, followed by a brief discussion of Elvish
ambidexterity. The essay then details the Eldarin names for the fingers
(and toes), including children’s "play-names" that treat the fingers as
the members of an imaginary family: father, mother, and children; and
it concludes by showing how the finger-names were closely connected
with the development of numerical stems in Common Eldarin. Included
after HFN is a related text on the invention of the Common Eldarin
stems for _neter_ 9, _kanat_ 4, and _enek_ 6, which serves as a sort of
alternative ending for the essay. Both of these texts are supplemented
in the editorial notes by extensive citations drawn from Tolkien’s
contemporary unpublished writings. Parts II–IV (the contents of which
are described in the Introduction to HFN) will appear in _Vinyar
Carl F. Hostetter
Carl F. Hostetter Aelfwine@... http://www.elvish.org
ho bios brachys, he de techne makre.
Ars longa, vita brevis.
The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.
"I wish life was not so short," he thought. "Languages take such
a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about."