Re: Khuzdul: The Dwarven Tongue
- In Elfling message 33157 (<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/elfling/
message/33157>), Jay Lawson wrote:
> I find this a little frustrating, although certainly not yourJay, this is simply untrue, as my e-mail records show. I told you
> fault. I had corresponence with Carl Hostetter, Bill Welden, and
> Patrick Wynne some years back that was quite amiable (despite some
> of the experiences of members on this forum). However, I was
> unable to get them to release any information at all regarding what
> they had in their possession.
everything I was able to tell you (admittedly, not much) by way of
characterizing the material, which was at any rate enough to convey
to you that the remaining unpublished material isn't going to
"complete" Khuzdul or make it "usable" in the way you seem to want.
Khuzdul was, for Tolkien, and thus ever will be, for us, nothing more
than a sketch of a language. (To my mind, your interests would be
much better served by simply making up your own language expressing
your own phonetic and grammatical tastes, and leaving Khuzdul out of
it entirely. I rather think Tolkien would have made the same
suggestion to you.)
As for the rest of your post: Christopher Tolkien gave us copies of
this material to edit and (eventually) publish in a scholarly manner.
Part of that manner includes a judgement as to what to publish when.
I'm sorry you aren't willing to let us (including Christopher
Tolkien) use our judgement in these matters, but so long as
Christopher Tolkien is, we'll continue to present the material in the
manner and order that we deem best for fulfilling his purpose in
providing the material to us in the first place.