579Re: Pronunciation and writing of _r_ in Quenya
- Jan 5, 2004Edouard Kloczko wrote:
> I read here "originally occurring in Quenya" as meaning "originallyThat was also the idea I wrote in my previous post.
> occurring in Common Eldarin (?)or/and Primitive Quendian", e.g.
> *not* in Quenya as the living language of Aman and later in Exile,
> in which we had only one trilled r.
But how do you know that the "weak" _r_ did not exist in the Quenya of
We know that Quenya changed while the Noldor were in Aman (see for
example the change _þ_ > _s_ as commented in _The Shibboleth of Fëanor_),
so I think that we cannot discard the idea that the weak _r_ existed when
Fëanor invented the tengwar (unless we have any statement by Tolkien
on this, but I don't know its existence).
> There was no such thing as a "Third Age" Quenya (of the Eldar): e.g.I don't have the text of that famous letter, but that sounds
> a dialect used in the T.A. as distinct of the one spoken by the
> Eldar in the First or the Second Age. This is clearly stated by
> Tolkien in his letter to Dick Plotz.
interesting. Can anyone provide the citation?
[Indeed, Edouard ought to have been required to provide the evidence
for his assertion. Sorry for the moderatorial lapse. CFH]
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