Parma Eldalamberon New Issue
- 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 special interest group of the
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
"NAMES AND REQUIRED ALTERATIONS" connected with
"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
"ADDENDUM TO THE ALPHABET OF RÚMIL AND THE VALMARIC SCRIPT."
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.
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