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    PARMA ELDALAMBERON 15 SÍ QENTE FEANOR and Other Elvish Writings by J. R. R. TOLKIEN ... PARMA ELDALAMBERON is a journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship, a
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 27, 2004

      and Other Elvish Writings
      by J. R. R. TOLKIEN

      PARMA ELDALAMBERON is a journal of
      the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship,
      a special interest group of the
      Mythopoeic Society.

      The current issue is a collection
      of early writings by J. R. R. Tolkien
      concerning his invented languages
      and scripts, edited and annotated
      by Arden R. Smith, Christopher Gilson,
      Patrick H. Wynne and Bill Welden,
      under the guidance of Christopher
      Tolkien and with the permission of
      the Tolkien Estate.


      "SÍ QENTE FEANOR" is a prose excerpt written in Qenya.  
      It was composed by Tolkien in the same notebook that
      contains the tale called "The Nauglafring" and the Gnomish
      Grammar.  Other writings from the Lost Tales period
      presented in this issue include a list of Qenya and Gnomish
      "The Cottage of Lost Play"; two charts laying out
      the sound system of Gnomish; and various early notes
      on Elvish words and names not found anywhere else. 
      Also presented here is the full text of the
      "NAME-LIST TO THE FALL OF GONDOLIN," excerpts from which
      were published in "The Book of Lost Tales, Part Two."
      Editorial commentary is provided on the connections
      of these texts with the contemporary tales and lexicons.

      "EARLY RUNIC DOCUMENTS" is an edition of Tolkien's charts
      and notes from about 1918 to 1925 dealing with runes
      and various rune-like alphabets.  Tolkien's examples
      of the scripts are reproduced in fascimile — charts
      of the sounds represented by the letters, and Elvish words
      and English texts written in the scripts.  These include
      English and Gothic runes; Gondolinic runes; and two
      invented scripts, one called simply "Runic" and the other
      called "Gnomic Letters".  Transcriptions of the examples,
      and commentary on the dating and historical background
      are provided. Also published in this issue is an
      This is a document recently encountered among Tolkien's
      papers which includes texts written in both of these
      early invented scripts.

      Tables of "EARLY QENYA PRONOUNS" provide a glimpse
      of the transition in the conception of the language
      between the Lost Tales period and the "Early Qenya
      Grammar" that Tolkien composed while at Leeds. 
      And closely connected with the grammar we also
      present the beginnings of an "ENGLISH-QENYA DICTIONARY"
      which Tolkien started to compile at this time. A remarkable
      feature of this dictionary is that most of the Qenya words
      in it are transcribed into the Valmaric script, providing
      one of the more elaborate examples of Tolkien's own
      representation of an Elvish language using an Elvish
      writing system. From about the same period a partial
      "INDEX OF NAMES" for "The Lay of the Children of Húrin"
      is also presented in this issue.  Detailed annotations
      and commentary on the conceptual developments in these
      texts are included.

      Cover designs and illustration by Adam Victor Christensen.

      Parma Eldalamberon Issue Number 15 is a 122-page journal.
      Copies are available now.

      Cost: $25.00 per copy including postage and handling world-wide.

      Electronic payment by PayPal is available at the following link:


      Or send check or money-order (U.S. funds only) to:

      Christopher Gilson
      10646-A Rosewood Road
      Cupertino, CA 95014
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