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2999Re: [elfscript] Re: help needed.. please? :)

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  • Carl F. Hostetter
    Dec 2, 2003
      On Dec 2, 2003, at 4:06 AM, Calwen Rudh wrote:

      > One little question in the end: were we of any help to Idril? I guess
      > not. And that doesn't please me.

      I think it is quite a bit of help -- whether the person being so helped
      realizes it or not -- to show what the actual nature of Tolkien's
      languages is, and how language in general actually works, and the
      pitfalls of attempting to "speak" a poorly-attested language.

      After all, if none of these things concern "Idril", if all she really
      wants it to have something pretty-looking permanently etched into her
      skin, then why not just transliterate the English phrase into Tengwar?

      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."
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