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PARMA ELDALAMBERON 20 - The Qenya Alphabet, Documents by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Arden Smith


Jul 30 2012, 2:16pm

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The Qenya Alphabet

Documents by J. R. R. TOLKIEN

Edited with introduction and commentary by Arden R. Smith


_The Qenya Alphabet_ is an edition of Tolkien's charts and notes dealing with the circa 1931 version of the writing-system later called "Fëanorian Tengwar." It includes 40 documents in which Tolkien's examples of the scripts are reproduced using electonic scans of black-and-white photocopies of the original manuscripts.

Among the documents are explanations of the use of the script for representing English, both phonetically and also orthographically, or at least in part according to the peculirarities of 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There are also numerous specimen texts written by Tolkien in the Qenya Alphabet, including four unpublished letters. Most of the examples are in English, but there are also texts in Latin, Old English and Old High German. Perhaps the most remarkable are four versions of the "Gloria" from the Latin mass, in different styles that Tolkien described as "large rounded," "formal book-hand rounded," "large pointed," and "pointed angular style."

As in previous editions of Tolkien's earlier writing-systems published in _Parma Eldalamberon_, the editor has provided transcriptions of the examples texts along with commentary on their dating and historical background.

_Parma Eldalamberon_ Issue Number 20 is a 160-page journal.

Publication Date: 3 August 2012

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Jul 30 2012, 10:13pm

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Thank you for the link - what a source he's put together, of Tolkien's own hand at work! Cool


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