Students Offered Elvish Language Lessons
- Students Offered Elvish Language Lessons
Fri Mar 5, 5:59 PM ET
BIRMINGHAM, England - It's central England, not Middle Earth, but one school
is offering its pupils the chance to learn Elvish.
Youngsters at Turves Green Boys' Technology College in Birmingham are being
offered weekly after-hours lessons in Sindarin, a conversational form of Elvish
invented by "Lord of the Rings" creator J.R.R. Tolkien and based on Welsh
Educational co ordinator Zainab Thorp said she hoped the classes would help
boost the self-esteem of pupils, some of whom have learning difficulties.
"The recent success of the 'Lord of the Rings' films has increased the
interest in learning Elvish," Thorp said.
"The children really enjoy it. It breaks the idea that education should
simply be aimed at getting a job."
Thorp said Tolkien was an expert in ancient languages who had developed two
forms of Elvish.
Sindarin was based on Welsh sounds and was the more commonly used, while
Quenya, which related to Finnish, was largely a ceremonial language.
"A couple of the boys are very into role-playing games. Knowing Sindarin is
useful when giving orders to their Elvish armies," Thorp said.
"It's also very useful if they want to go on to university to study, as it
involves looking at some of Tolkien's old manuscripts. This develops some very
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