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I've heard that there are colleges where you can major in Tolkien languages. hahaha. Wouldnt mom and dad be proud?
Saphiraa
I've heard that there are colleges where you can major in Tolkien languages. hahaha. Wouldnt mom and dad be proud?


Mine wouldn't but that's the college I'd go to. xd
Glorfirith Annun
Saphiraa
I've heard that there are colleges where you can major in Tolkien languages. hahaha. Wouldnt mom and dad be proud?


Mine wouldn't but that's the college I'd go to. xd


My mom would kill me. *stares at next year's schedule* hehe... someone is language obsessed...
Nekkid is the new "kool" and chances are you didn't read anything about Elvish at all. But anyway.

*sends back to the top of the page*
These are the basics. If you would like to know more, you should check out my source material, which is the course mentioned in the first post. I’m not about to make up my own course, and therefore am presenting you with the most important parts of the course I have taken. All credit goes to the original author of the course, Helge Kåre Fauskanger.

Well, except for my mistakes, of course. xd

Quenya Pronunciation


The vowels are as follows:
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a ~ Short A is a sound that will be easy for anyone with knowledge of Spanish, since it’s pronounced like the A in madre or algo. In English, the explanation in my course is a sound halfway between the A of [i[father and of cat.

Long A, represented often by á, but also by aa at times, is pronounced like the A in father. As you can see, it’s longer than the short A.

e ~ Short E is pronounced similar to English “end”.

Long E, either é or ee is pronounced as a sound halfway between the E in “end” and in “see”. The vowel in “air” is close as well.

i ~ Short I is pronounced like the I in “pit”.

Long I, also í or ii is pronounced like the I in “machine”.

NOTE: these sounds should never be pronounced like the I in “ice”, which is an entirely different sound.

o ~ short O is similar to the O in “box” though this is actually a bit too A-like.

Long O (ó or oo) is similar to that in “sore”.

u ~ short U should be similar to that in “put.”

Long U (ú or uu)is similar to that in “brute”.


Dipthongs

Dipthongs are two vowels that are combined to form one sound, basically.

The dipthongs are ai, oi, ui, iu, au, and eu

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AI is pronounced like the sound in “ice”.

OI is like the sound in “toy”.

UI is similar to that in “ruin”, if it were pronounced as a dipthong.

IU is similar to "yu" as in "yule".

AU is pronounced similar to the ow in “cow”.

EU is not very common, but is sort of similar to the O in “so”.


NOTE: ALL OTHER COMBINATIONS OF TWO VOWELS ARE NOT DIPTHONGS AND MUST BE TREATED AS TWO SEPARATE SYLLABLES.

Consonants

I’m only going to mention ones that are considerably different from in English.

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C is always pronounced k, never s. Sometimes K will be used instead of C.

N is like English n. In some cases, this sound represents older ng as in English king. This sound could appear at the beginning of a word, and is sometimes represented by ñ (as in Ñoldor)

G is always pronounced hard. Always as in GUARD, never as in JAIL.

In Quenya, “G” will never appear by itself. It is always preceded by another consonant, such as N. Thus, names like ANGaráto.

B likewise never appears by itself, but is preceded by an M. AMBar.

D never appears by itself, but can be preceded by R, L, or N. Arda, Elda, Nandor.

R is always trilled, and not lost before consonants.

S is never changed to Z as in English IS. When between vowels, S often represents the older sound TH (as in thin), þ

Y is only used as a consonant, as in English YES.

THIS SOUND AS A VOWEL OCCURS IN SINDARIN, BUT NOT QUENYA.


Stressing

The stress will normally go on the third to last syllable. For example, the word Eldalië would be stressed: el-DA-li-eh.

The stress goes on the SECOND to last syllable under these circumstances:

1. The second to last syllable is a long vowel. As in Findaràto. fin-dah-RA-to
2. The second to last letter is a dipthong. As in Valarauko. va-la-ROW-ko
3. The second to last syllable is followed by two consonants. As in Elendil, Elenna, or Helcaraxë (NOTE: X is a rendition of KS, and thus counts as two consonants). el-LEN-dil, el-LEN-na, hel-cah-RAK-seh.


Any questions? Just reply and tell me. 3nodding Enough interest and I'll horribly butcher continue with the second lesson, which is mostly on plurals. xd
Saphiraa
I've heard that there are colleges where you can major in Tolkien languages. hahaha. Wouldnt mom and dad be proud?

That would be awesome to major in!
Saphiraa
I've heard that there are colleges where you can major in Tolkien languages. hahaha. Wouldnt mom and dad be proud?


It would be awesome to major in Tolkien.............but there probably be not that many people who understand you

oh well...............they don't understand me now blaugh
w00t! Woo Hoo! I've wanted to learn Elvish ever since seeing the Fellowship! It's about time i found something! whee

And seeing all this reference I'm all of the sudden glad I'm taking Spanish 10 this year XD;;;
I think majoring in Tolkien would be awesomely awesome! Well... i'm pumped now o-o;;
I'm so geekish when it comes to this, that I've bookmarked the Quenya AND Sindarin dictionaries sweatdrop
Clow Beros
w00t! Woo Hoo! I've wanted to learn Elvish ever since seeing the Fellowship! It's about time i found something! whee

And seeing all this reference I'm all of the sudden glad I'm taking Spanish 10 this year XD;;;
I think majoring in Tolkien would be awesomely awesome! Well... i'm pumped now o-o;;
I'm so geekish when it comes to this, that I've bookmarked the Quenya AND Sindarin dictionaries sweatdrop


Glad we could be of help to you!

Good lick with your learning and let us know if you need any help!
Clow Beros
w00t! Woo Hoo! I've wanted to learn Elvish ever since seeing the Fellowship! It's about time i found something! whee

And seeing all this reference I'm all of the sudden glad I'm taking Spanish 10 this year XD;;;
I think majoring in Tolkien would be awesomely awesome! Well... i'm pumped now o-o;;
I'm so geekish when it comes to this, that I've bookmarked the Quenya AND Sindarin dictionaries sweatdrop


Yeah, Spanish is really helpful. xd

Majoring in Tolkien... hmmm. I'm not sure about it myself. That would involve taking classes in it... and it sounds nice in theory, but in practice I'm not so sure.

And graduate schools or jobs would love it. xp
How would one major in a language that is by no means complete? And why would one do so?
Interesting fact: When working with a language that isn't near complete, one must improvise.

Example - Boe vin bango (sp?) directly translates to
boe - to need
vin - you
bango - trade

The translation of "Boe vin bango" in the RotK cd booklet is "One of you must pay". A bit of a stretch but you need to use what works.

When learning Sindarin, synonyms are one's friends!
I'D loooovvveee to learn elvish, it just sounds so awesome when its spoken lol
Ohmygod. You guys rule. I am an avid fan of CouncilOfElrond site, and have been trying to figure out WHICH to learn and how to teach myself it. xP!

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