Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Elen síla lumenn' omentielvo.
A star shines on the hour of our meeting.
Many fans of The Lord of the Rings enjoy the Elven dialouge of the movies. However, some don't know that there is more than one Elven language in Middle-Earth. In fact, the created languages of Tolkien are difficult to count, but two of them are attested with enough material to attempt to speak it: Quenya and Sindarin. The history behind these two languages is difficult to explain to those who have not read The Silmarillion, but Quenya is the older of the two.
An excellent site for those interested in Tolkien's languages is http://folk.uib.no/hnohf, which includes overviews of the languages, as well as a Quenya course.
Apart from the debate over whether Quenya can be learned, his course is well-written and moves at a pace fast enough to keep one's interest but slowly enough to be managable.
This blog, I Firie Eleni, The Dying Stars, is meant to provide a community for students of Quenya. The blog posts will initally follow the sequence of Ardalambion's lessons, as well some Quenya text written by myself to provide examples.
Nai haryuvalyë melwa rë

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