and Other Elvish Writings

Parma Eldalamberon 'The Book of Elven-tongues' is a journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship, a special interest group of the Mythopoeic Society.  The current issue is a collection of early writings by J. R. R. Tolkien concerning his invented languages and scripts.  These writings have been edited and annotated by Arden R. Smith, Christopher Gilson, Patrick H. Wynne and Bill Welden, under the guidance of Christopher Tolkien and with the permission of the Tolkien Estate.
"Sí Qente Feanor" is a prose excerpt written in Qenya.   It was composed by Tolkien in the same notebook that contains the tale called "The Nauglafring" and the Gnomish Grammar.  Other writings from the Lost Tales period presented in this issue include a list of Qenya and Gnomish "Names and Required Alterations" connected with "The Cottage of Lost Play"; two charts laying out the sound system of Gnomish; and various early notes on Elvish words and names not found anywhere else.  Also presented here is the full text of the "Name-list to The Fall of Gondolin," excerpts from which were published in The Book of Lost Tales, Part Two.  Editorial commentary is provided on the connections of these various texts with the contemporary tales and lexicons.

"Early Runic Documents" is an edition of Tolkien's charts and notes from about 1918 to 1925 dealing with runes and various rune-like alphabets.  Tolkien's examples of the scripts are reproduced in fascimile — charts of the sounds represented by the letters, and Elvish words and English texts written in the scripts.  These include English and Gothic runes; Gondolinic runes; and two invented scripts, one called simply "Runic" and the other called "Gnomic Letters".  Transcriptions of the examples, and commentary on the dating and historical background are provided.  Also published in this issue is an "Addendum to The Alphabet of Rúmil and The Valmaric Script."  This is a document recently encountered among Tolkien's papers which includes texts written in both of these early invented scripts. 
Tables of "Early Qenya Pronouns" provide a glimpse of the transition in the conception of the language between the Lost Tales period and the "Early Qenya Grammar" that Tolkien composed while at Leeds.  And closely connected with the grammar we also present the beginnings of an "English-Qenya Dictionary" which Tolkien started to compile at this time.  A remarkable feature of this dictionary is that most of the Qenya words in it are transcribed into the Valmaric script, providing one of the more elaborate examples of Tolkien's own representation of an Elvish language using an Elvish writing system.  From about the same period, a partial "Index of Names" for The Lay of the Children of Húrin is also presented in this issue.  Detailed annotations and commentary on the conceptual developments in these texts are included. 
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