389Re: Similarities between Elvish and real-world languages
- Mar 30, 2003David Kiltz wrote:
>You may not be interested in the origin of these words but others,Not exactly. ;-)
>including me, are.
It is impossible, as I see it, to determine when the Word is voluntarily made
by Tolkien to resemble a Word in a Real language or if it is just a chance
similarity, i.e. a pure coincidence.
It is possible to determine the external origin only when the Word explains
some Old English "mystery" (as Earendel/Earendil or Wingilot), or when Tolkien
states its origin, as for miruvor. A Word made in his Neo-Gothic Language.
I believe also that we should not reject what the author has to say: "It is
[?] idle to compare chance-similarities between names made from ?Elvish
Tongues? and words in exterior ?real? languages, especially if this is
supposed to have any bearing on the meaning or ideas in my story" (Letters, p. 380).
And also: "Actual congruence (of form + sense) occur in unrelated real
languages, and it is impossible in constructing imaginary languages from a
limited number of component sounds to avoid such resemblance (if one tries
-- I do not)" (Letters, pp. 384-385).
So, I do not believe that it is possible to determine the true external
origin of "these words" (Word from Tolkien invented languages), since Tolkien
did not work that way.
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