59Re: [elfscript] Return of the ElfScribes
- Sep 18, 2000
>Mans Bjorkman <mansb@...> wrote:**You sound as if you are giving me permission. That's a little
>Lisa Star has pointed out that she uses the runes in TI for the
>languages in Tolkien's creation that are contemporary with them. That is
>fine, of course,
presumptious of you!
>and illustrates that one can perceive the subcreation**But neither view is the one that I hold, or am working from. There are
>in two different ways: either as multiple layers of writings from
>different periods of Tolkien's life, where each layer is worth studying
>in its own right; or as a single, unified body of divergent texts --
>where newer texts contradict with older ones, they are usually closer to
>the "truth". Both views must be held equally valid, though I confess
>myself to the latter.
more views than you know of, obviously.
**The scheme that I use is that Tolkien studied during his lifetime many
texts from many different eras of Middle-earth. The material in Etymologies
and most of the cirth charts in TI are from the First Age, and so they
accurately reflect the languages and alphabets in use in the First Age. Of
course they will show differences from the languages and alphabets used in
the much later Third Age. In addition, Tolkien's understanding of the
material grew the longer he studied it, so later translations and language
studies are more accurate than earlier ones. That doesn't mean that the
earlier ones need to be discarded--they are the best source we have on
earlier periods in Middle-earth.
**There is the additional problem that even some of the later material is
contradictory or can't be made to fit, so one has to deal with it somehow.
That's part of the fun for me, but I don't think there will ever be--or that
there ever was--one perfect conception of Middle-earth, or specifically its
languages and alphabets, so I don't think it makes sense to argue that there
is one perfect interpretation.
**Of course, I give you permission to do whatever you like, too :-)
** Lisa Star
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