97Re: [elfscript] Aníron teithad ithîw edhellin.
- Dec 30, 2000DDanielA@... wrote:
>Those words are written with sule, yes, at least that's the normal
> My chief interest is in Sindarin, but I have a question concerning
> Quenya. In Appendix E, JRRT states, "This [th] had become in Quenya
> spoken s, though still written with a different letter." We are led to
> believe that this letter was thúle/súle. I was under the impression
> that words spelt with an "s" in Quenya that had its cognate with "th"
> Sindarin would spelt with súle in its tengwar rendering, but in
> Tolkien's "Namárië" calligraphy pieces in RGEO we find
> "sindanóriello" and "hísië" with silme where I would expect
> súle. I have two theories:
> 1.) Quenya was no longer a native language to anyone in Middle Earth
> (except Galadriel [?], being the last of the Noldorin exiles), and
> scribes automatically wrote a silme to represent the "s" sound as was
> found in their own native modes.
> 2.) Professor Tolkien changed his own rules almost as much as he
> followed them and ignored the distinction between súle and silme!
> What does anyone else think about this? Or am I wrong in thinking
> that the words in question would be written with súle?
> Danny Andriës.
usage AFAIK, I guess the reason silme is used in namarie it's because of
(1) or because Tolkien just decided not to use it or forgot (unlikely,
I'd say), I don't think he'd have just discarded the whole silme/sule
thing, being already printed in lotr. I guess modern writers can decide
whether to use silme or sule, I think using sule looks better, same with
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