Re: Tolkien language(s) question
|Date:||Thursday, September 4, 2003, 5:41|
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From: "John Cowan" <cowan@...>
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 9:35 PM
Subject: Re: Tolkien language(s) question
> Mark J. Reed scripsit:
> > Sindarin:Quenya :: Italian:Latin. Which is why Frodo got a laugh when
> > he greeted the Elves in Quenya, like the modern tourist who tries to use
> > Latin in Rome ("Been a while since your last visit, has it?").
> I think it was his accent (ei and ou for ee and oo). He was talking to
> High-Elves, who were originally Quenya-speakers, though they shifted
> to Sindarin as their usual language thousands of years before. However,
> it is quite likely that some of the Elves Frodo is talking to still
> remember speaking Quenya. Sound-change in Elvish languages is not
> generational, but a deliberate act of individuals.
> As someone else has pointed out, Sindarin is the much-changed descendant
> of Telerin, a sibling of Quenya. The best analogue I think is
> French to Classical Latin, since French is the much-changed descendant
> of a sibling to Classical Latin, namely Vulgar Latin.
Quenya is the language of the Noldor, right? At least, the Noldor who came
into Middle-Earth spoke it. I think whoever said Old Church
Slavonic:Russian was the closest.