I want translations ! or "What it is all about?"
- Welcome to the Wonderfully Complicated World of Tolkien's ConLangs.
New Students who try to *understand* Tolkien's languages should be
well aware that one question is paramount: whatever you try to follow
and understand Tolkien's purpose(s), or to follow your "personal" road
and make new Con-languages. It is the first question you should ask
yourself when you start your "investigations" about Tolkien's
Constructed Languages. What do I want to comprehend : Tolkien's
Con-languages, or make your own?
What goes on actually on Elfling is the *making* of new Con-Langs
based (more or less, and as times goes by less and less) on Tolkien
own. It is much easier than study T's writings.
If you want to make your own Elvish ConLang you don't have to care
much about what Tolkien wrote actually ; you just have "fun", take
what you like, so to speak, and you can use _anything_ you find on
Internet, and don't bother about Books and now there's plenty of
Mish-mash Elvish... You don't need rules, and languages are full of
Nasty, nasty rules, so complicated. ;-) ;-)
But if you care about Tolkien and respect him as a writer and *love*
what actually wrote and like his carefully Constructed World BEWARE of
Internet! It will only confuse you. Most of the time Elfling and most
the Internet sites just copies what they find on other sites and do
not take time to glimpse into Tolkien's Books.
What to do then? Read Tolkien's Books (a good read believe me. I have
been doing this since 1978 !:-)).
For the time being no matter how hard some want to believe it, the
Elvish Languages are *not* well known and they cannot be learned just
like any other language (say, Russian or Arabic). The Elvish languages
can and are studied. It is a "hard way", but try it; in the long run
you might be overwhelmed.
Head of the French Faculty of Elvish Studies (founded 1985)