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[[Rhona Beare]] had a number of questions about the first two volumes of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' which Tolkien answered:
 
[[Rhona Beare]] had a number of questions about the first two volumes of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' which Tolkien answered:
  
* Aragorn's boast that he is of Númenor "unmingled" refers to his paternal line of ancestry.
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* Aragorn's boast that he was of Númenor "unmingled" refered to his paternal line of ancestry.
  
* [[Treebeard]] was using ancient Elvish in an Entish fashion in his songs.
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* [[Treebeard]] was using ancient Elvish in an Entish fashion in his songs, not Entish sounds.  Tolkien listed the elements of his songs with translations.
  
* ''[[Mae]] [[govannen]]'' means "well met."
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* ''[[Mae]] [[govannen]]'' meant "well met."
  
 
* Treebeard's greeting to [[Celeborn]] and [[Galadriel]] meant "O beautiful ones, parents of beautiful children."  
 
* Treebeard's greeting to [[Celeborn]] and [[Galadriel]] meant "O beautiful ones, parents of beautiful children."  
  
* Tolkien tranlates lines 2, 4, 6, 7, and 9 of the song of praise in "[[The Field of Cormallen]]".  
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* Tolkien translated lines 2, 4, 6, 7, and 9 of the song of praise in "[[The Field of Cormallen]]".  
  
 
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The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
Letter 230
RecipientRhona Beare
Date8 June 1961
Subject(s)Aragorn, Languages

Letter 230 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Summary

Rhona Beare had a number of questions about the first two volumes of The Lord of the Rings which Tolkien answered:

  • Aragorn's boast that he was of Númenor "unmingled" refered to his paternal line of ancestry.
  • Treebeard was using ancient Elvish in an Entish fashion in his songs, not Entish sounds. Tolkien listed the elements of his songs with translations.
  • Treebeard's greeting to Celeborn and Galadriel meant "O beautiful ones, parents of beautiful children."