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Languages and Writing Systems


“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones, and good in everything.”           ~ Wm. Shakespeare, “As You Like It


  • Writing Systems

    This brief introduction to Tolkien's alphabets and writing systems is the work of Arden Smith, specialist in inventend languages and co-editor of Parma Eldalamberon ('The Book of Elven-tongues'), the journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship. This journal presents previously unpublished writings by J.R.R. Tolkien specifically on the subject of his languages, with the permission of the Tolkien Estate.

  • Tolkien's Invented Languages

    Carl Hostetter is a founding member of E.L.F. (Elvish Linguistic Fellowship) and editor of Parma Eldalamberon. In this article he presents us with a brief introduction to the languages of Middle-earth, their development, and the underlying linguistic construction.

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