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The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-Earth: A Complete Guide to All Fourteen of the Languages Tolkien Invented Paperback – May 28, 1980
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If you buy this book for yourself or another person, you will only spread misinformation.
This book does not include anything from The History of Middle-Earth, but that is not a severe problem, since including all of that would require several volumes.
The chapters on Hobbit, Dwarven, and Rohirric names seem fine.
But the sections about Elvish languages and the dictionary contain an unacceptable number of serious errors, misspelled words, and wrong information. How can you learn to speak Elvish from a book where the words are spelled wrong? Here is a list of [some of] the errors that I found.
1. Consonant mutation, an essential part of Sindarin grammar, is totally ignored. You just can NOT learn or use Sindarin without the consonant mutation.
In the Glossary and Dictionary:
2. Several words and names are assigned to the wrong language (including aiya, Altariello, Andúnië, Aros, Baran, Bereg, Carn Dûm, Golfimbul, kal, khelek, le, Morgoth, oialë, omentielvo, Shagrat, Sindarin, tark*, tarkil, Turgon). Many of these were correctly identified in the Quotations Translated chapter, while others are identified in the Silmarillion or Lord of the Rings, so this is clearly a case of sloppy editing.
*an Orkish word, listed under Quenya!
3. In the Dictionary, Noel lists "Hobbit" as a language separate from Common Westron.Read more ›
Do yourself a favor and stay away from this book. At best you'll be getting an incomplete picture; at worst, an incorrect one. If you want to learn Elvish in either form, I recommend Helge K. Fauskanger's "Ardalambion" site. It has some decent dictionaries (though there are better ones elsewhere on the net) and very exhaustive treatments of the grammer and syntax of Quenya and Sindarin. Best of all, it's free, and always up to date with what the latest research into Tolkien's languages has revealed.
As a novice to Tolkein and Elvish, I can't vouch for the timeliness of the work, but it addressed what I was looking for. I'd recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have an interest in creative languages,this is THE book 4u.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great guide to understanding Tolkien's world and all of his languages therein. It's extensive but small, a perfect starter book.Published 3 months ago by Katie
I love it
I had it wen I was younger and always wanted another one
Very informative on all the languages in Tolkiens stories, of Lord Of The Rings. The Elvish dialects afun to learn, if not a little tricky. A good dictionary.Published 9 months ago by merlyn
I purchased this book as a kid who'd just read the Silmarillion and every time he mowed a lawn would get a book on Tolkien. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Marx
I hope this will help me under stand Tolkien's books better. Knowing other languages sure did help when I was overseas.Published 17 months ago by Sgt G