Episode 69: Fiona Jallings Teaches Sindarin This is part of their short series on Tolkien’s languages, where both Paul and I were interviewed. Enjoy!
Episode 64: Talking Quenya with Paul Strack This is part of their short series on Tolkien’s languages, where both Paul and I were interviewed. My interview comes up on the 25th. Enjoy!
I’ve released v.0.7.3 of Eldamo. https://eldamo.org This release doesn’t have much new content, just a bunch of minor corrections as I work on analyzing Quenya phonetics. Downloads are here: https://github.com/pfstrack/eldamo/releases For those of you that don’t know Eldamo is a lexicon of Elvish words, extensively cross referenced. Fiona graciously allows
I put together all of the teaching material of Gelio Edhellen! into a single GoogleDoc for quick reference and printing out. Gelio Edhellen! Course Material GoogleDoc
Translating names from our world into Tolkien’s elven languages is difficult. It’s difficult for a lot of reasons, some that you probably didn’t realize. This is also why I deleted the “Names from Our World” namelist, and switched to handling the names on an individual basis. Names often have very
I’ve released v.0.7.2 of Eldamo. https://eldamo.org This release finishes up my analysis of Sindarin phonetics. I’m moving on to Quenya phonetics next. Downloads are here: https://github.com/pfstrack/eldamo/releases For those of you that don’t know Eldamo is a lexicon of Elvish words, extensively cross referenced. I’m publicizing the updated in several difference
This word analysis focuses on two opposing concepts: “before” and “after”. These saw numerous vacillations over Tolkien’s life, making it difficult to incorporate them into a coherent paradigm. In English and many other languages, these relationships can be used both temporally and spatially. Temporally, they refer to a sequence of
I’ve added a section to the FAQs called “How do I get the most out of the Neo-Elvish courses?” covering how to teach yourself a language. This is information I’ve gathered from years of learning languages and teaching them, mainly, a lesson that I wish that someone had told me
This has to do with a slow change that I’ve been trying to implement over the past few years. I want to have the beginners’ grammar course be automated, so that this website can serve the more casual interest in Sindarin as well. Then, have the intense paid course focus
I’ve discussed in other posts how Neo-Elvish reconstructions (Neo-Quenya and Neo-Sindarin) are useful tools for learning and using Tolkien’s languages. Many such reconstruction are widely accepted and not especially controversial. For example, we know there is a Quenya verb har- “to sit, stay” (PE17/162; UT/305). We don’t know its past