Re: Huldre and memories of lost ethnic groups (was Re: Nimrina phonology)
|From:||Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, August 20, 2006, 22:08|
On Sun, 20 Aug 2006 12:24:21 -0500, Herman Miller wrote:
> Jörg Rhiemeier wrote:
> > Hallo!
> > On Sat, 19 Aug 2006 18:28:11 +0200, Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:
> >> As may be found if one googles for "huldre" and its
> >> synonyms there is a theory that the Hidden People
> >> reflect a memory of a pre-Germanic population.
> > This is similar to what I think what "Elves" (as in Germanic and Celtic
> > mythology) actually are: a memory of an ancient civilization that existed
> > on
> > the British Isles (_Alfheim_ = Britain; _Inis Albion_ means 'Island of the
> > Elves') more than 2000 years ago. Of course, these "Elves" were ordinary
> > humans, not some strange kind of "demihuman" species. They may also be
> > the
> > Hyperboreans of Greek myth, and the original Atlanteans. This is the idea
> > that underlies my own Albic conlang project.
> > ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf
> Hmm.. so the Atlanteans of Tolkien's world, the Númenóreans, speak a
> language (Adûnaic) related to "Nimrian", and on the other hand, the
> speakers of "Nimrína" may be related to the original Atlanteans.
> Coincidence? Now I'm just going to have to develop an "Atlantean"
> language related to Nimrína!
Well, the British Elves are not a "secretive race of people with fox-tails";
as I already said, they are perfectly normal humans. And Albic as it is
today doesn't really owe that much to Tolkien. Sure, the project started
out as a modern-day offshot of Sindarin, but the language has been rebuilt
from scratch in the meantime, with only a handful of Tolkienisms remaining,
and those few are about to be weeded out.
... brought to you by the Weeping Elf