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5122Re: [elfscript] DTS 15: Old Norse tengwar?

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  • Arden R. Smith
    Jan 3, 2006
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      On Jan 3, 2006, at 7:46 AM, j_mach_wust wrote:

      > This says that in Old Norse, "steinn" is 'stone', "borg" is 'castle'.
      > So "Steinborg" seems to be Old Norse, not Old English.

      And if that isn't enough evidence, Christopher Tolkien actually
      *states* that it's Old Norse in *both* editions of _Pictures by J.R.R.
      Tolkien_.

      > I don't see
      > however how this fits into the context of the Lord of the Rings, where
      > Old English makes sense since it has been used as a "translation" of
      > the Rohirrims' language, but Old Norse?

      Who says that it *has* to fit into the context of _The Lord of the
      Rings_? Tolkien did all sorts of random doodling. He doodled in
      Latin. He doodled in Gothic. Why wouldn't he doodle in Old Norse?

      As for the Old English _Stanburg_, that isn't even what the Rohirrim
      normally called Minas Tirith; they called it Mundburg.


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