PARMA ELDALAMBERON 13
The ALPHABET OF RÚMIL and
EARLY NOLDORIN FRAGMENTS
by J. R. R. TOLKIEN
This issue has two sections of
writings by J. R. R. Tolkien:
"The Alphabet of Rumil"
edited by Arden R. Smith; and
"Early Noldorin Fragments" edited
by Christopher Gilson, Bill Welden,
Carl F. Hostetter, and Patrick Wynne.
Both of these have been prepared
with the guidance of Christopher
Tolkien and with the permission of
the Tolkien Estate.
The Rúmilian Sarati are the earliest of the Elvish writing systems
devised by Tolkien, ultimately envisioned as the historical
precursor to the Feanorian Tengwar, the Elvish script seen in
The Lord of the Rings. "The Alphabet of Rúmil" is an edition
of Tolkien's Rúmilian writings, with examples of the script
reproduced in facsimile, including charts of the sounds
represented by the letters, and both Elvish and English
texts written in Rúmilian.
Transcriptions of these texts and detailedcommentary on the
chronology of the documents and evolution of the conception
of the writing system are included in this edition.
"Early Noldorin Fragments" is a collection of Tolkien's word-lists
and grammatical descriptions of the Noldorin language from the
1920s. These trace the evolution the language from its beginnings
as the Goldogrin of the "Gnomish Lexicon" to its conception
as the Exilic Noldorin that would appear in "The Etymologies".
The fragments include:
Heraldic Devices of Tol Erethrin
Goldogrin Pronominal Prefixes
Early Chart of Names
The Official Name List
The Gnomish Lexicon Slips
Early Noldorin Grammar
These writings reveal the emergence of significant conceptual
details, such the use of vowel mutation to mark Noldorin
plural nouns, and the place of Old Noldorin in the internal
history of the language. Detailed annotations and commentary
on these conceptual developments in the documents are
included in this edition. This reprint has the corrected
pagination and the full text.
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