- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Bran's Head Books Ltd (November 24, 1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0905220102
- ISBN-13: 978-0905220109
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Introduction to Elvish, Other Tongues, Proper Names and Writing Systems of the Third Age of the Western Lands of Middle-Earth as Set Forth in the Published Writings of Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien Paperback – November 24, 1978
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When this book appeared in the late seventies, it was about as good as it could be. The authors were competent and tried to analyze the entire available corpus. However, TONS of new material about Tolkien's languages would be published in the eighties and the nineties. Why, this book even predates the Silmarillion!
The real revolution in Tolkienian linguistics occurred in 1987, about a decade after _Introduction_ was published. Then Christopher Tolkien published the all-important source document "The Etymologies", his late father's main listing of Elvish vocabulary, in the History of Middle-earth book _The Lost Road_. Almost every analysis of Tolkien's languages predating this publication was rendered instantly obsolete.However good and plausible the theories set out in _Introduction_ were when this book first appeared, almost everything has now been obsoleted. Even in the cases where the theories actually turned out to be correct, a present-day student would want to know that this info is indeed "Tolkien fact" and not post-Tolkien speculation. At least 80 % of what we now know about Tolkien's invented languages was quite unknown when _Introduction_ was written and published. I maintain a Tolkien-linguistic web-site, Ardalambion, attempting to present more up-to-date analyses. But even now, very much of Tolkien's linguistic material remains unpublished, and it will probably be decades before all the sources are available and any "definite" presentation of Tolkien's languages can be attempted.Read more ›
Although Jim Allen et al's 'An Introduction to Elvish' was written before the publication of 'The Silmarillion' and the important 'History of Middle Earth' series it nevertheless remains the most reliable book yet published on Tolkien's invented languages. Further -- unlike Fauskanger's 'Ardalambion' website and Salo's 'A Gateway to Sindarin' -- Jim Allen and his coauthors carefully cite their sources, distinguishing at all times between Tolkien's work and their own necessarily speculative reconstructions. This continues to distinguish it from much else that is written about Tolkien's languages online.
Still a must-have for anyone interested in Tolkien's linguistic creations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a welcome edition to my ever growing tolkeinesk book collection. Goes well with and doesn't contradict my Sindarin- English English -Sindarin dictionary.Published 15 months ago by BETSY SMYTH
The incomplete stories written by JRRT and later published by his son use Elvish words that do not appear to match the definitions Christopher Tolkien used for the glossaries, at... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jonathan
I must admit, When i first bought this title i was expecting the author to explain elvish and lightly go over the other tongues of middle earth. Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by Z. Johnson
I think this is a technical book in great detail of the various languages Tolkien developed. It's a good book, but be prepared.Published on January 30, 2014 by April D Morehouse