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The Languages of Tolkien's Middle­earth

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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.

All of Tolkien's invented languages spoken by hobbits elves and men of Middle earth. A dictionary of fourteen languages and an English/Elvish glossary.

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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.

All of Tolkien's invented languages spoken by hobbits elves and men of Middle earth. A dictionary of fourteen languages and an English/Elvish glossary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395291306
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/1980
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 72,568
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.50 (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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2006

    great book! wish it was longer

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2004

    outdated, incomplete, & sometimes incorrect

    While I thought this book 'handy' at first for learning Quenya, I soon found that it is rather outdated and therefore incomplete in that there have been many more works by Tolkien published that give so much more than is presented here.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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2004

    Very helpful!

    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!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    Fantastic!!!

    Now we have a great tool for such a wonderful trilogy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    The best book on Tolkiens languages and writings I have ever found. If you want to speak or write in Elvish, this book is for you.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    This book is great!! or in Elvish "Hi parma na man"!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    A must-have

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    This is a good book

    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!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2004

    thrilling

    my friend and i have a club about LOTR and we are researching the tengwar this really helped.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004

    not what I expected

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2004

    Avoid this book if you care about Tolkien's languages

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2004

    outstanding source for people who want to do research for tolkien's middle earth mythology.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2004

    Wonderful!

    i think this book well describes the languages the Tolkien invented. It's so interesting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2004

    An interesting read!

    I recommend this book to any Tolkien fan; it is a great compliment to The Hobbit and LOTR. The lanuages of Tolkien are fascinating and this selection allows the reader a dip into the pool of the imagination that created them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Less than one star, preferably.

    This book is full of outdated material and flawed assumptions. Avoid at all costs, if you care about Tolkien's languages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2004

    totalee awesome

    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!.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    really bad

    this book really sucks. i thought it would actually teach me how to speak and write in elvish, but it hardly 'teaches' you how to speak it, let alone write it. it may just be that i do not know how to use it, but im still very dissatisfied.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2004

    this book is awesome!!!!!

    I absoutly love this book! I can speak and write elvish! now if a teacher gets a note they can't read it. And I can also take about my love life too! I recomend this book to all people who like to learn languages!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2004

    Barrael-Rider , A hobbit

    This is the best book i have ever read. to be able to speak and wright elvish and the other elven languages of J.R.R. Tolkiens world of middle earth is, well, there is no word for it. It is absolutly wounderfull. It brings to light a new world and a way to speak without people talking about what i have to say. i just cant belive how my life has changes for the better. I truly belive that any one who is somebody NEEDS to have the book and your bookshelf. you have no idea what great horizons will come to light.I truly respect this book and i hope u will too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2003

    Very good guide

    I like this book a lot for its allowing me to be able to translate dwarven runes and the like, but don't go over-board, like some people have done, and teach yourself to speak elvish; that's just going to far. All-in-all, I recommend this to any Tolkien fan.

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