20916Parma Eldalamberon Issue No. 18 - announcement
- Nov 14, 2009PARMA ELDALAMBERON 18
Tengwesta Qenderinwa and
Pre-FÃ«anorian Alphabets, Part 2
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 Society.
The current issue presents previously unpublished writings by
J. R. R. Tolkien concerning his Elvish languages and early versions
of his invented scripts. These have been edited and annotated
by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith and Patrick H. Wynne, under
the guidance of Christopher Tolkien and with the permission of the
The _Tengwesta Qenderinwa_ is a grammar of the Primitive Quendian
language, which Tolkien imagined to be the common ancestor of the
various Elven-tongues spoken in Middle-earth, such as Quenya, Noldorin,
Lemberin and Pereldarin (the last two later called Sindarin and Nandorin).
The earliest version of the _Tengwesta Qenderinwa_ was composed in
the late 1930s around the same time as the _Etymologies,_ which is a
collection of Primitive Quendian bases with examples of Elvish words
derived from them. The _Tengwesta Qenderinwa_ describes the
grammatical rules for the structure of Quendian bases and the derivation
of primitive stems and words from them. The grammar gives an "Account
of the Simple Component Sounds"; and has sections on "Base-structure";
"Combination of Sounds in Word-formation"; "Suffixion"; and
"Accentuation." There is also an introductory section on the "Descent
of Tongues" which outlines the historical divisions of the various
Elven-kindreds and the languages they spoke.
Tolkien revised the _Tengwesta Qenderinwa_ extensively in the early
1950s after completing the composition of _The Lord of the Rings,_
incorporating new conceptions of the linguistic history which had
emerged by then or those that arose during revisions to the _Quenta
Silmarillion_ and associated writings in Tolkien's legendarium. The
earliest and latest versions of the _Tengwesta Qenderinwa_ are presented
in this issue of _Parma Eldalamberon,_ along with an editorial analysis
of the stages of revision that the text underwent between the 1930s and
1950s, and notes on the relation of the linguistic data in the text to that
found in the _Etymologies._
The "Pre-FÃ«anorian Alphabets" is an edition of Tolkien's charts and
notes from about 1924 to 1929 dealing with scripts that conceptually
precede the FÃ«anorian Tengwar, which would eventually be included
in _The Lord of the Rings._ This issue of _Parma Eldalamberon_
contains "Pre-FÃ«anorian Alphabets, Part 2," with the alphabets called
Qenyatic, Andyoqenya and Angloquenya, in modes which were
designed for writing English. Tolkien's examples of the scripts are
reproduced in fascimile. These include charts of the sounds represented
by the letters, and various English words and texts written in the scripts.
Transcriptions of the examples and editorial commentary on the dating
and historical background are provided.
Cover art by Adam Victor Christensen.
_Parma Eldalamberon_ Issue Number 18 is a 150-page journal.
Available for shipping November 23, 2009.
The pre-publication cost is $30 per copy including postage and handling.
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Other issues of _Parma Eldalamberon_ include editions of the
following works by J. R. R. Tolkien (available for purchase at
the links given below):
"The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue"
"_SÃ Qente Feanor_ and Other Elvish Writings"
"Early Elvish Poetry and Pre-FÃ«anorian Alphabets, Part 1"
"Words, Phrases and Passages in _The Lord of the Rings_"
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