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758_Nai elen siluva lyenna_: Card signed, inscribed by Tolkien

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  • Carl F. Hostetter
    Nov 21, 2004
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      A card signed and inscribed in Quenya by Tolkien was recently auctioned
      on eBay. You can view this item at:


      The inscription reads:

      _nai elen siluva lyenna_

      which apparently means, 'May a star shine upon you (sg.)'.

      Helge Fauskanger refers to an identical inscription in Lesson 15 of his
      Quenya course (<www.uib.no/People/hnohf/less-d.rtf>), but it was
      apparently appended to a letter (dated Jan. 16, 1968), not to a note
      card (and this one bears no date that I know of), and so this item
      apparently represents a second attestation.

      Carl F. Hostetter

      P.S. Yes, that winning bidder is me! My first bit of Elvish from
      Tolkien's pen.

      Carl F. Hostetter Aelfwine@... http://www.elvish.org

      ho bios brachys, he de techne makre.
      Ars longa, vita brevis.
      The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.
      "I wish life was not so short," he thought. "Languages take such
      a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about."
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