RE: [TolkienDiscussions] Elvish language roots
- Certainly Tolkien taught himself Finnish, the better to be able to read the
Not sure which textbook he used though!
[mailto:TolkienDiscussions@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of poikaa
Sent: 25 August 2011 07:20
Subject: [TolkienDiscussions] Elvish language roots
I happen chance across some old books, most of them in the Finnish
language, several pertaining to religion. A few of them are readers of some
early grades in school. Most are dated to the late 19th century.
One of them is titled "Finnish Grammar" by Eliot and is dated to 1890.
Printed in London by the Oxford University Press. At this point I was
beginning to think this might be a link to Tolkien.... The real kicker was
that in the same lot of books, amongst the early school readers and hunting
books was a copy of Tolkien's "Silmarillion !!
This collection seems to have belong to a school teacher of the middle
grades here in Michigan. The box was free so I took them.
Hmmm.... I just wonder if this could be one of the reads that Tolkien
studied as the time frame is right so is the printer.
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