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Parma Eldalamberon Issue 17

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    Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings . By J. R. R. Tolkien Parma Eldalamberon, The Book of Elven-tongues , is a
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 26, 2007
      "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in 'The Lord of the Rings'."
      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 commentary by J. R. R. Tolkien from the late 1950s and
      early 1960s concerning the words and names from his invented languages
      incorporated into The Lord of the Rings. This commentary has been edited
      and annotated by Christopher Gilson, with the permission and guidance of
      Christopher Tolkien and the Tolkien Estate.

      "Words, Phrases and Passages" is a collection of notes on the Quenya, Sindarin,
      Dwarvish, Rohirric and Black Speech examples occurring in "The Lord of the Rings,"
      with detailed translations and syntactic explanations, together with a discussion
      of the etymologies of the various words and names. For the Elvish examples
      these are traced back to their Common Eldarin roots. The entries were arranged
      by Tolkien in the order in which the words and phrases occurred in the story
      and this arrangement has been preserved in this edition.

      Although Tolkien never completed the commentary as originally planned, he
      retained the more cursory list of words and names from which he was working;
      and he continued to compose further notes on the grammar and history of
      the Elvish words and names in the story. Many of these were placed together
      with "Words, Phrases and Passages," and the main commentary has been
      supplemented by these notes in this edition. Together these texts give
      the clearest picture we have of how Tolkien conceived of his linguistic
      inventions in the forms they were revealed to his readers.

      In many of the notes in "Words, Phrases and Passages" Tolkien expresses
      hesitation about his preliminary explanations, or notices discrepancies
      between elements occurring in more than one context. The notes show
      how his reconsideration at this time of his invented languages sometimes
      led to revisions in the text of "The Lord of the Rings" as it was published
      in the 2nd edition of 1965. They also show how Tolkien achieved new
      insights into the etymological explanation of certain words and names.

      Many of the entries in "Words, Phrases and Passages" mention the roots of
      the Elvish components under discussion, and this edition includes an index
      of these roots. During this period Tolkien also compiled several lists and
      collections of roots and the words derived from them. These etymologies
      have been combined with the index into a single list alphabetically arranged
      by root, providing a fairly comprehensive overview of his conception of
      the stock of basic elements that underlie the Elvish languages.

      The entries in "Words, Phrases and Passages" have been annotated to point
      out their connections with the examples of Tolkien's invented languages
      included in his other writings, such as "The Silmarillion"; "Unfinished Tales";
      "Letters"; and "The History of Middle-earth." This edition also includes an
      index, arranged by language, of all words and phrases that are glossed
      within the entries of main list and the list of roots.

      Parma Eldalamberon Issue Number 17 is a 220-page journal.

      Cover art by Patrick H. Wynne.

      Orders -- The cost is $35 per copy including postage and handling world-wide.
      Please use the PayPal button at the following link:


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

      Christopher Gilson
      1240 Dale Avenue, No. 40
      Mountain View, CA 94040
      U. S. A.
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