With the _very_ kind permission of the editors and publishers of _The
Lord of the Rings 1954–2004: Scholarship in Honor of Richard E.
Blackwelder_, I am pleased to be able to republish my article
"Elvish as She Is Spoke" on the E.L.F. web site at: <http://
"Elvish as She Is Spoke" is an examination of Tolkien's purposes in
inventing his Elvish languages and his practices in describing them,
their consequent nature, and the inherent pitfalls in any attempt to
"speak Elvish". I'd like to record here my special thanks to Wayne
and Christina for their encouragement in completing this essay, and
for their always exemplary editorial and production work; also to
Matt Blessing of the Marquette archives for hosting this conference
and for inviting me to give this talk; and to all three for their
very kind permission to republish this article on the E.L.F.'s web site.
: Marquette, 2006, ed. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull.
Carl F. Hostetter