Reprint of PARMA ELDALAMBERON No. 11
I Lam na Ngoldathon
The Grammar and Lexicon of the GNOMISH TONGUE.
By J. R. R. Tolkien.
Edited by Christopher Gilson, Carl F. Hostetter, Patrick Wynne, and
Arden R. Smith.
Parma Eldalamberon No.11 presents the Gnomish Lexicon (selections from
which were published in the Appendices to _The Book of Lost Tales_ )
in its entirety. This is the dictionary of the language called
Goldogrin, or I-Lam na-Ngoldathon, which Tolkien eventually
transformed into the Noldorin of The Etymologies and later into the
Sindarin of The Lord of the Rings. This issue also includes Tolkien's
own partial grammar of Gnomish, contemporary with the lexicon, which
covers the inflections and syntax of the article, noun, and
adjective. The lexicon itself also contains much grammatical
information, frequently citing verbs in both their present and past
tenses, and nouns in both singular and plural. Other parts of speech
are also well-represented in what is a quite comprehensive dictionary,
and there are a number of sample sentences in Gnomish.
The original lexicon fills a 150-page notebook and consists of about
3000 entries. Compiled in 1917, this remarkable document reveals the
well-spring of Tolkien's linguistic genius in its 'Celtic' mode. It
also displays the basic phonological nature of the historical relation
between Noldorin and Quenya at its inception, with numerous
etymological annotations and the citation of many cognates, some of
which are Quenya words that occur nowhere else.
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