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5436Parma Eldalamberon Issue No. 16 - Announcement

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    Nov 19, 2006
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      Early Elvish Poetry and Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets

      By J. R. R. TOLKIEN


      _Parma Eldalamberon_ 'The Book of Elven-tongues' is a journal of the Elvish Linguistic
      Fellowship, a special interest group of the Mythopoeic Society. The current issue is a
      collection of writings by J. R. R. Tolkien from the mid to late 1920s concerning his
      invented languages and scripts. These writings have been edited and annotated by
      Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, Carl F. Hostetter and Bill Welden,
      under the guidance of Christopher Tolkien and with the permission of the Tolkien Estate.

      "Early Elvish Poetry" is our general title for a number of drafts of Tolkien's Qenya poems,
      "Oilima Markirya," "Nieninqe" and "Earendel." These poems were eventually included by
      Tolkien in his 1931 essay called "A Secret Vice" as examples of the fruition of his private
      efforts at inventing languages. Accompanying the drafts of these poems are Tolkien's
      glossarial commentaries and his translations, from which also emerged the English poems,
      "The Last Ark" and "Earendel at the Helm." A version of the poem "Nieninque" from 1955
      is also included. The documents for each poem have been edited and arranged to show
      their development, with commentaries on their relation to each other and to the
      contemporary and earlier writings on the lexicon and grammar of Qenya.

      In his essay Tolkien mentions the need for a language inventor to abide by his own rules if
      he wishes to write poetry in it; and around this time he prepared charts of the "Qenya
      Declensions" and "Qenya Conjugations." These show the contemporary state of Tolkien's
      conception of the rules for inflecting nouns and verbs in the language of the poems. We
      have included these paradigms in this issue, along with analyses of their structure and
      development from the previous conceptions in "The Qenya Verb Forms" and the "Early
      Qenya Grammar." Also contemporary with the poems are a series of "Qenya Word-lists"
      and these have been included to show how Tolkien's ideas about the vocabulary of Qenya
      at this period had changed in many ways but also retained much that in retrospect can be
      viewed as central to the "Qenya Lexicon."

      The "Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets" is an edition of Tolkien's charts and notes from about 1924
      to 1929 dealing with the scripts that conceptually precede the Fëanorian Tengwar that
      would eventually be included in The Lord of the Rings. This issue of _Parma
      Eldalamberon_ contains "Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets, Part I," with the alphabets called
      Qenyatic, Falassin, Noriac, Banyaric and Sinyatic. Tolkien's examples of the scripts are
      reproduced in fascimile. These include charts of the sounds represented by the letters,
      and various Qenya, Latin, and English words and texts written in the scripts.
      Transcriptions of the examples, and commentary on the dating and historical background
      are provided.

      Cover art by Adam Victor Christensen.

      _Parma Eldalamberon_ Issue Number 16 is a 150-page journal. Available for shipping
      November 27, 2006.

      The cost is $30 per copy including postage and handling world-wide.

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      Or send check or money-order (U.S. funds only) to:

      Christopher Gilson
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      Cupertino, CA 95014