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Iglishmêk

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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==

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Iglishmêk was a Dwarvish language of silent gesture-signs.[1][2]

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[edit] Examples

  • "I am listening" = slight raising of right-hand forefinger, followed by a similar raising of the left-hand forefinger.[2]
  • "Listen!" = slight raising of both forefingers simultaneously.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Magnus Åberg has theorized that the word iglishmêk is composed of *'igal *"language" (as in aglâb) and *shimak *"gesture".[3]

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[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar", p. 395
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "From Quendi and Eldar, Appendix D" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 39, July 1998, pp. 5, 10
  3. Magnus Åberg, "An analysis of Dwarvish" , Forodrim.org (accessed 01 April 2012)