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24298Re: Two questions about Greek in "English and Welsh".

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  • Damien
    May 4, 2013

      I believe Tolkien is referring there to Quenya, which he described thus in Letter #144:

      "The archaic language of lore is meant to be a kind of `Elven-latin'. . . . Actually it might be said to be composed on a Latin basis with two other (main) ingredients that happen to give me `phonaesthetic' pleasure: Finnish and Greek."

      Best regards,

      --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, "not_thou" <emptyD@...> wrote:

      > On p. 191, he writes: "The fluidity of Greek, punctuated by hardness, and with its surface glitter, captivated me, even when I met it first only in Greek names, of history and mythology, and I tried to invent a language that would embody the Greekness of Greek (so far as it came through that garbled form)". To which of Tolkien's invented languages is he referring?
      > -Merlin
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