The Languages of Tolkien's Middle­earth

The Languages of Tolkien's Middle­earth

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by J. R. R. Tolkien, Ruth S. Noel
     
 

This is the book on all of Tolkien's invented languages, spoken by hobbits, elves, and men of Middle-earth -- a dicitonary of fourteen languages, an English-Elvish glossary, all the runes and alphabets, and material on Tolkien the linguist.

Overview


This is the book on all of Tolkien's invented languages, spoken by hobbits, elves, and men of Middle-earth -- a dicitonary of fourteen languages, an English-Elvish glossary, all the runes and alphabets, and material on Tolkien the linguist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395291306
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/28/1980
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
149,974
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.52(d)

Meet the Author

J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892–1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 3, 1892
Date of Death:
September 2, 1973
Place of Birth:
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
Place of Death:
Oxford, England
Education:
B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919

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The Languages of Tolkien's Middle­earth 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a bit hesitant when I purchased this book, but now I am so glad I did! I love being able to write in languages that few other people can and, to be honest, it just looks cool! I am a huge fan of LOTR and even named my son after one of the characters. It is cool that I can now write his name in Tolkiens language. The only thing that prevented me from giving this book a higher rating is the fact that there is more that could have been covered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love Tolkeins works, so I couldnt help buying this book. It is absolutely amazing and now I can write Elvish just as well as I write English. i would reccommend this book to absolutely anyone it is truly phenomenal, I learned a LOT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good so far, but I haven't finished reading it yet.
yariEA More than 1 year ago
Now we have a great tool for such a wonderful trilogy
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent for those who are fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, particularly those of his readers facinated by the various languages and writing systems he created. This book is an excellent guide to Tolkien's languages, particularly Sindar and Quenya, the two major Elvish tongues. The languages of Rohan and the hobbits are also covered. This book contains glossaries of the languges, translation keys for the Cirth (the runes) and the Feanorian Tengwar (the writing used on the Moria gate and the One Ring). Indexes of character and place-names drawn from The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion are also included.
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I love this book! It is so cool to be able to speak Elvish! I love to be able to write in Elvish and Dwarvish runes! The book has an "English to Elvish" glossary and an Elvish dictonary so it is easy to find what word you're looking for. I am in the middle of reading The Lord of the Rings and many times a character will say or sing something in Elvish. In The Languages of Middle Earth book, it has a section that translates every song or quote that they say in Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion (which I like because if they didn't, I would have to look up every word in the song or quote in the Elvish dictonary). The book also tells what characters names and names of cities mean. Like Mordor....Mor= black and Dor= Land.....Mordor = Black Land! I really like this book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an incredible resource and a must-have for anyone interested in Tolkien or fantasy languages. It is very comprehensive and enjoyable, I've practically memorized it trying to learn Quenya.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I always wanted to learn about the languages of Middle Earth and now I can. 5 STARS & 2 thumbs up! Kapowee!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
How os anyone supposed to learn elvish using this book?? It should be called 'An Incomplete Guide To the Languages of Tolkien's Middle Earth' most of the information about the pronounciation,etc. can be found in the back of Return Of the King!! If you are thinking about buying it, reconsider!!!!! There has to be something better!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book quite interesting being that I wanted to learn elvish and that I was always curious about the structure of the language. Being that you have knowledge of the Elven languages could help you get a better understanding of the elvish cries and songs through out the 'Lord Of The Rings' trilogy. I found this really cool that the oppurtunity to learn Elvish is here, I never thought of the day that their has ever been a written record of the Elvish language . It may not be much in public but it can be easier to keep secret records written in your life time. I found this book very interesting, comprehensive, and very understanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
my friend and i have a club about LOTR and we are researching the tengwar this really helped.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I thought this book 'handy' at first for learning Quenya, I soon found that it is rather outdated and therefore incomplete in that there have been many more works by Tolkien published that give so much more than is presented here. I found the elvish glossary very disappointing, both because it is very incomplete and because it contains mistakes. For example, the book lists the Quenya word for 'swift' as 'linte,' even though 'linte' is actually the plural form of the 'linta,' which is the real word for swift. In Quenya an adjective must be plural if the noun it relates to is plural... which, by the way, is not mentioned in the book. At the time it was published (1980!) there might have been insufficient published material for the author to know this, so it is in no way the author's fault (I think) but this is still a poor reference for anyone who really wants to learn any of Tolkien's languages. I also thought that this book was very overpriced.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely outdated and full of stuff that's simply made up. If you really care about the languages that Tolkien created you will avoid this book and instead study books like The Silmarillion and the History of Middle Earth series. You should also visit Ardalambion at http://www.uib.no/people/hnohf/index.html. It is one of the best sites on Tolkien's languages on the net.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is full of outdated material and flawed assumptions. Avoid at all costs, if you care about Tolkien's languages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im a big fantasy fan,and when i think of fantasy I think of tolkien it's just a wonder to speak and right elvish.I think they should teach elvish in school!.