by J. R. R.
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issue presents previously unpublished writings by J. R. R. Tolkien
concerning an early version of one of his invented scripts.
These have been edited
and annotated by Arden R. Smith, under the guidance of Christopher
Tolkien and with the
permission of the
Alphabet is an edition of
Tolkien's charts and notes
from circa 1931 dealing with
the earliest version of the script essentially of the conceptual type
he would later call "Fëanorian Tengwar" and eventually include in The Lord of the Rings.
This issue of Parma Eldalamberon contains
40 documents in which Tolkien's examples of the scripts are
The documents include different versions of a detailed explanation of
the use of the script for representing English, both phonetically (as
it was designed to be used) and also according to English
spelling. These have charts of the theoretical values of the
sounds represented by the letters, and various English words and texts
written in the scripts.
There are also various specimen texts written by Tolkien in the Qenya
Alphabet. These exemplify some conceptual changes
the mode or assignment of
phonetic values to particular letters. There is also a great
different styles of writing, ranging from formal "book-hand" to rapidly
Most of these examples are in English, but there
are also texts in Latin, Old English and Old High German.
examples and editorial commentary on the dating and historical
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