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Gothic was the first language that [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] studied for his own pleasure, and it may have given an impulsion in the first development of [[Qenya]]. Tolkien even attempted to reconstruct some parts of the language and such elements survived in [[Taliska]]. He also composed a poem, ''[[Bagme Bloma]]'' "The Flower of the Trees"
 
Gothic was the first language that [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] studied for his own pleasure, and it may have given an impulsion in the first development of [[Qenya]]. Tolkien even attempted to reconstruct some parts of the language and such elements survived in [[Taliska]]. He also composed a poem, ''[[Bagme Bloma]]'' "The Flower of the Trees"
  
Since [[Old English]] in ''[[Lord of the Rings]]'' represents [[Rohirric]], Tolkien used Gothic to represent the language of their ancestors, the [[Northmen]] of [[Rhovanion]]; as mentioned, Gothic had no descendants, so the relationship between Gothic and Old English does not reflect that between Northern and Rohirric.
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Since [[Old English]] in ''[[Lord of the Rings]]'' represents [[Rohirric]], Tolkien used Gothic to represent the language of their ancestors, the [[Northmen]] of [[Rhovanion]]; as mentioned, Gothic had no descendants, so Old English is not directly related to it, and therefore it does not reflect that between Northern and Rohirric.
  
 
Names like ''[[Vidumavi]]'' or ''[[Vidugavia]]'' are of Gothic etymology.
 
Names like ''[[Vidumavi]]'' or ''[[Vidugavia]]'' are of Gothic etymology.

Revision as of 20:27, 18 February 2009

Gothic was the language of the Goths; the oldest known Germanic language, it is now extinct and left no descendants.

Gothic was the first language that J.R.R. Tolkien studied for his own pleasure, and it may have given an impulsion in the first development of Qenya. Tolkien even attempted to reconstruct some parts of the language and such elements survived in Taliska. He also composed a poem, Bagme Bloma "The Flower of the Trees"

Since Old English in Lord of the Rings represents Rohirric, Tolkien used Gothic to represent the language of their ancestors, the Northmen of Rhovanion; as mentioned, Gothic had no descendants, so Old English is not directly related to it, and therefore it does not reflect that between Northern and Rohirric.

Names like Vidumavi or Vidugavia are of Gothic etymology.

According to Lisa Star, Tolkien also devised a tengwar mode for Gothic is known to exist, but remain unpublished to date [1]