CHAT: Tolkienian conlangs in the movie [was Re: CHAT: Best/Worst/Missing Scenes in LotR]
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, December 22, 2001, 0:07|
Quoting Christian Thalmann <cinga@...>:
> I'd like to hear other opinions on scenes that were missed, hated or
> loved... anyone?
I was rather impressed at how many lines of Tolkien's conlangs
they managed to fit into the movie -- it musta been at least
15 or so. I'm no expert at them; were they using Quenya, or
Sindarin? One thing I noticed was that they got the illocutionary
effect of using the Elvish tongues just right: to bring home your
point emotionally to the person you're addressing (an Elf). Westron
(English) was used just to communicate information; Sindarin/Quenya
was used to convince.
Thomas Wier <trwier@...> <http://home.uchicago.edu/~trwier>
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