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'''Gothic''' was the language of the Goths; the oldest known Germanic language, it is now extinct and left no descendants.
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'''Gothic''' was the language of the Goths; the oldest known Germanic language, it is now extinct and left no descendants. As a Germanic language, Gothic was related to [[Old English]] and [[Old Norse]].
  
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 his conlang [[Taliska]]. He also composed a poem, ''[[Bagme Bloma]]'' "The Flower of the Trees"
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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]], the language he created for the [[Edain]] of the [[First Age]]. He also composed a full poem, ''[[Bagme Bloma]]'' "The Flower of the Trees" in Gothic.
  
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.
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Since in ''[[Lord of the Rings]]'' Old English represents [[Rohirric]], Tolkien used Gothic to represent the earlier language of the [[Northmen]] of [[Rhovanion]] in order to show the relationship between these languages. However, in reality Gothic had no descendants, so Old English is not directly related to it; therefore this simulation does not reflect exactly the relationship 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 13:21, 22 March 2009

Gothic was the language of the Goths; the oldest known Germanic language, it is now extinct and left no descendants. As a Germanic language, Gothic was related to Old English and Old Norse.

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, the language he created for the Edain of the First Age. He also composed a full poem, Bagme Bloma "The Flower of the Trees" in Gothic.

Since in Lord of the Rings Old English represents Rohirric, Tolkien used Gothic to represent the earlier language of the Northmen of Rhovanion in order to show the relationship between these languages. However, in reality Gothic had no descendants, so Old English is not directly related to it; therefore this simulation does not reflect exactly the relationship 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]