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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