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history of conlanging (aka Conlang influences, aka Lest darkness fall)

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Sunday, November 21, 1999, 19:15
> At 5:36 pm -0800 20/11/99, Barry Garcia wrote:
> > Well i'm probably the odd one out here, because I was never inspired to > start conlanging because of Tolkien
Is the general consensus that Tolkien was the inspiration for most conlangers? Oh I think not! Along with Ray, and probably a number of others, I hadn't even heard of Tolkien until well after I was making up a language. It was my mother who introduced us to Lord of the Rings. She was very impressed by the appendix, and pointed it out to me: Look, Sally! Here's a man who's invented a language and a script, just like you! I remember a dark wave of jealousy and despair overtaking me at that moment. I was thirteen. !!!! A confession... Sally ============================================================ SALLY CAVES (bragpage) (T. homepage) (all else) ===================================================================== Niffodyr tweluenrem lis teuim an. "The gods have retractible claws." from _The Gospel of Bastet_ ============================================================