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Re: Eru, the Word and Greek syntax (was Re: Finnish, IE, Germanic)

From:Pavel Iosad <pavel_iosad@...>
Date:Monday, November 25, 2002, 23:03

> But it is Tolkien's creation myth, which may be strongly > influenced by the > Christian one, but is not identical. And IIRC the main, if > only trait of Eru is > to be the Word. Although I don't know very well the creation > myth of Middle > Earth, so I may be wrong.
Errm, no. Eru does *say* the word (which is in Quenya interpreted as 'Ea!', which is translated as 'Let it be', but is can grammatically be an aorist, and therefore it is rather like a performative in my opinion), but his traits are different. Anyway, 'word' is not his main predicate, definitely. Pavel -- Pavel Iosad Is mall a mharcaicheas am fear a bheachdaicheas --Scottish proverb