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958Re: [elfscript] Vala vs. wilya

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  • Arden R. Smith
    Jun 8, 2002
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      Helge K. Fauskanger wrote:

      >I am not sure
      >whether the Namárie transcript in RGEO is entirely "reliable": As was
      >pointed out already in _Introduction to Elvish_, the word _hísie_ is not
      >spelt the way it should be according to the rules Tolkien set out elsewhere
      >(silme being used instead of súle, though this _s_ comes from earlier
      >_th_). So did Tolkien forget his own rules once again when he spelt _vanwa_
      >with an initial vala?

      It's not that Tolkien forgot his rules, but that the rules were not
      absolute. Words like _hísie_ and _noldo_ were spelt etymologically,
      but they didn't *need* to be.

      It would be interesting to know who the supposed scribe of the RGEO
      version of "Namárie" was. A Noldorin loremaster would presumably
      have used the "correct" etymological spellings, but a Telerin or
      Gondorian scribe with less training in historical linguistics (and
      who was young enough not to remember the former pronunciations!)
      might not.

      Arden R. Smith erilaz@...

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      "Fiddle-de-dee's not English," Alice replied gravely.
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      --Lewis Carroll,
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