PARMA ELDALAMBERON 18
The Qenya Alphabet
Documents 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 The current issue presents previously unpublished writings by
J. R. R. Tolkien concerning an early version of one of his invented
scripts. These have been edited and annotated by Arden R. Smith, under
the guidance of Christopher Tolkien and with the permission of the
The Qenya Alphabet is an edition of Tolkien's charts and notes from
circa 1931 dealing with the earliest version of the script essentially
of the conceptual type he would later call "Fëanorian Tengwar" and
eventually include in The Lord of the Rings. This issue of Parma
Eldalamberon contains 40 documents in which Tolkien's examples of the
scripts are reproduced in facsimile.
The documents include different versions of a detailed explanation of
the use of the script for representing English, both phonetically and
also according to English spelling. These have charts of the
theoretical values of the sounds represented by the letters, and various
English words and texts written in the scripts.
There are also various specimen texts written by Tolkien in the Qenya
Alphabet. These exemplify some conceptual changes in mode, and there is
a great variety of different styles, ranging from formal "book-hand" to
rapidly written cursive. Most of these examples are in English, but
there are also texts in Latin, Old English and Old High German.
Transcriptions of the examples and editorial commentary on the dating
and historical background are provided.
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Publication Date: 3 August 2012
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