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744Parma Eldalamberon Issue 15

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  • cgilson75
    Sep 20, 2004
      and Other Elvish Writings
      by J. R. R. TOLKIEN

      The forthcoming issue is a collection
      of early writings by J. R. R. Tolkien
      concerning his invented languages
      and scripts, edited and annotated
      by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith,
      Patrick H. Wynne and Bill Welden,
      under the guidance of Christopher
      Tolkien and with the permission of
      the Tolkien Estate.


      "SÍ QENTE FEANOR" is a prose excerpt written in Qenya.  
      It was composed by Tolkien in the same notebook that
      contains the tale called "The Nauglafring" and the Gnomish
      Grammar.  Other writings from the Lost Tales period
      presented in this issue include a list of Qenya and Gnomish
      "The Cottage of Lost Play"; two charts laying out
      the sound system of Gnomish; and various early notes
      on Elvish words and names not found anywhere else. 
      Editorial commentary is provided on the connections
      of these texts with the contemporary tales and lexicons.

      "EARLY RUNIC DOCUMENTS" is an edition of Tolkien's charts
      and notes from about 1918 to 1925 dealing with runes
      and various rune-like alphabets.  Tolkien's examples
      of the scripts are reproduced in fascimile — charts
      of the sounds represented by the letters, and Elvish words
      and English texts written in the scripts.  These include
      English and Gothic runes; Gondolinic runes; and two
      invented scripts, one called simply "Runic" and the other
      called "Gnomic Letters".  Transcriptions of the examples,
      and commentary on the dating and historical background
      are provided.

      Tables of "EARLY QENYA PRONOUNS" provide a glimpse
      of the transition in the conception of the language
      between the Lost Tales period and the "Early Qenya
      Grammar" that Tolkien composed while at Leeds. 
      And closely connected with the grammar we also
      present an "ENGLISH-QENYA DICTIONARY" which
      Tolkien began to compile at this time; and from about
      the same period a partial "INDEX OF NAMES" for
      "The Lay of the Children of Húrin".    Detailed annotations
      and commentary on the conceptual developments are
      included in this edition of these texts.

      Parma Eldalamberon Issue Number 15 is currently
      at the printer.

      The expected publication date is September 27, 2004.

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