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Of oliphaunts and Arda


Mar 7 2013, 1:55pm

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I've been wondering about this for some time - the origin of the word "Arda". If I'm correct, "oliphaunt" comes from the Middle English word of the same spelling, which in turn originated from the French "olifant".

My mother tongue is technically Afrikaans (From South Africa) . When I first read Tolkien, I thought the words "Arda" and "oliphaunt" bore striking resemblances to the Afrikaans words "aarde" and "olifant".

Now, "aarde" just means earth. My question is, were these words that Tolkien had learnt from his mother who inevitably picked up some Afrikaans when she lived in South Africa, or is it just a coincidence, and they really came from French/other European words?

Just wondering. Smile

"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards because a refusal often offends." - Terry Pratchett

(This post was edited by BoromirOfWinterfell on Mar 7 2013, 1:58pm)

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Of oliphaunts and Arda BoromirOfWinterfell Send a private message to BoromirOfWinterfell Mar 7 2013, 1:55pm
    Hmmm interesting... elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Mar 7 2013, 6:15pm
    Midgard? Fredeghar Wayfarer Send a private message to Fredeghar Wayfarer Mar 8 2013, 10:08am
        That's the problem. BoromirOfWinterfell Send a private message to BoromirOfWinterfell Mar 8 2013, 1:34pm
            but ringme Send a private message to ringme Mar 8 2013, 1:42pm
                *applause* CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 12 2013, 12:01am


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