PARMA ELDALAMBERON 14
Early Qenya Fragments,
Early Qenya Grammar and
The Valmaric Script
By J. R. R. TOLKIEN
A new issue of _Parma Eldalamberon_ was published a couple of months ago and the response, it is a pleasure to acknowledge, has been more extensive and rapid than anticipated. We are thankful to the members of Lambengolmor and other Elvish students and Tolkien enthusiasts, whose tremendous support makes it possible for us to continue the publication of Tolkien's writings about his invented languages and scripts. Following the publication of this new issue many of you wrote to ask about the back issues of _Parma_ that are not currently in print.
Of these _Parma Eldalamberon_ no. 14, originally published in 2003, has not yet had a second printing, and has been unavailable the longest. So we decided to move forward with a reprint of this issue. Copies should be available for shipping by early next month and can be purchased now via PayPal at the webpage link given above.
_Parma_ no. 14 contains writings from the 1920s, perhaps the most interesting for the student of Elvish being the "Early Qenya Grammar." This is Tolkien's first grammatical description of this language that is complete in the sense of laying out in full the forms and inflections of the Article, Nouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, Numbers, Pronouns, and Verbs. While his conceptions would undergo much revision in later years, many of the basic grammatical features of Quenya are already present, along with some details of Tolkien's thoughts on the language that could only be inferred from later writings. This grammar and the other "Early Qenya Fragments" included in this issue provide a window into some of the unique features of his developing linguistic creation.
_Parma_ no. 14 also contains "The Valmaric Script." This is an edition of the documentation for one of the types of script Tolkien invented in the 1920s, in a period of experimentation before the conception of the more familiar Feanorian script emerged in the next decade. One of the documents that illustrates the association of the languages and scripts at this period is a list of "parts of the body" (_rantali n·kolumen_) given in English and Qenya, with a Valmaric transcription of the Qenya forms. "The Valmaric Script" includes all of Tolkien's charts and examples of the versions and modes of this invented alphabet, except for those included in the incomplete English-Qenya dictionary, which was published in _Parma Eldalamberon_ issue no. 15.
The reprint of _Parma Eldalamberon_ issue no. 14 is currently at the printer. The expected publication date is February 8, 2010.
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