974_Parma Eldalamberon_ Issue No. 16 - Announcement
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Early Elvish Poetry and Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets
By J. R. R. TOLKIEN
_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
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
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
Cover art by Adam Victor Christensen.
_Parma Eldalamberon_ Issue Number 16 is a 150-page journal. Available
for shipping November 27, 2006.
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