793Syllabification in EQG
- Apr 6, 2005On p. 46 of the EQG Tolkien present the long and short syllable of a
sentence but he gives only some of the syllabic divisions, not all.
I wonder who would agree with me and divide "tárakasse Taniqetildo"
tá|rak|ass|e | Tan|iq|et|ild|o
-- "iq" is long because q is 'long' (kw).
Tolkien calls it a 'tag'. I guees he does not mean that it is a 'tag
question'... Does he mean a 'tag statement' then ? Or a 'cliché' then?
Something the Elves used to say a lot.
[Tolkien calls this Qenya phrase a "frequent tag", and first described
it as a "frequent tag at end of Q. poem" (PE14:46, n. 34). It seems
clear that by "frequent tag" Tolkien meant 'stock phrase commonly
used in poetry to fill the meter of a line', much as we refer to
"Homeric tags". PHW]