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974_Parma Eldalamberon_ Issue No. 16 - Announcement

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      PARMA ELDALAMBERON 16

      Early Elvish Poetry and Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets

      By J. R. R. TOLKIEN

      http://www.eldalamberon.com/parma16.html

      _Parma Eldalamberon_ 'The Book of Elven-tongues' is a journal of the
      Elvish Linguistic Fellowship, a special interest group of the
      Mythopoeic Society. The current issue is a collection of writings by
      J. R. R. Tolkien from the mid to late 1920s concerning his invented
      languages and scripts. These writings have been edited and annotated
      by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, Carl F.
      Hostetter and Bill Welden, under the guidance of Christopher Tolkien
      and with the permission of the Tolkien Estate.

      "Early Elvish Poetry" is our general title for a number of drafts of
      Tolkien's Qenya poems, "Oilima Markirya," "Nieninqe" and "Earendel."
      These poems were eventually included by Tolkien in his 1931 essay
      called "A Secret Vice" as examples of the fruition of his private
      efforts at inventing languages. Accompanying the drafts of these poems
      are Tolkien's glossarial commentaries and his translations, from which
      also emerged the English poems, "The Last Ark" and "Earendel at the
      Helm." A version of the poem "Nieninque" from 1955 is also included.
      The documents for each poem have been edited and arranged to show their
      development, with commentaries on their relation to each other and to
      the contemporary and earlier writings on the lexicon and grammar of
      Qenya.

      In his essay Tolkien mentions the need for a language inventor to abide
      by his own rules if he wishes to write poetry in it; and around this
      time he prepared charts of the "Qenya Declensions" and "Qenya
      Conjugations." These show the contemporary state of Tolkien's
      conception of the rules for inflecting nouns and verbs in the language
      of the poems. We have included these paradigms in this issue, along
      with analyses of their structure and development from the previous
      conceptions in "The Qenya Verb Forms" and the "Early Qenya Grammar."
      Also contemporary with the poems are a series of "Qenya Word-lists" and
      these have been included to show how Tolkien's ideas about the
      vocabulary of Qenya at this period had changed in many ways but also
      retained much that in retrospect can be viewed as central to the "Qenya
      Lexicon."

      The "Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets" is an edition of Tolkien's charts and
      notes from about 1924 to 1929 dealing with the scripts that
      conceptually precede the Fëanorian Tengwar that would eventually be
      included in The Lord of the Rings. This issue of _Parma Eldalamberon_
      contains "Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets, Part I," with the alphabets called
      Qenyatic, Falassin, Noriac, Banyaric and Sinyatic. Tolkien's examples
      of the scripts are reproduced in fascimile. These include charts of
      the sounds represented by the letters, and various Qenya, Latin, and
      English words and texts written in the scripts. Transcriptions of the
      examples, and commentary on the dating and historical background are
      provided.

      Cover art by Adam Victor Christensen.

      _Parma Eldalamberon_ Issue Number 16 is a 150-page journal. Available
      for shipping November 27, 2006.

      The cost is $30 per copy including postage and handling world-wide.

      Payment by PayPal can be made at:

      http://www.eldalamberon.com/parma16.html

      Or send check or money-order (U.S. funds only) to:

      Christopher Gilson 10646-A Rosewood Road Cupertino, CA 95014 U.S.A.