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'''Parma Eldalamberon''' ([[Quenya]] "The Book of Elven-tongues") is a journal of the [[Elvish Linguistic Fellowship]] dedicated to the linguistics of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s [[languages]]. Though [[Christopher Gilson]] is credited as its main editor, publisher and contact, [[Patrick H. Wynne]], [[Carl F. Hostetter]] and [[Arden R. Smith]]. Cover art is usually provided by Wynne or [[Adam Christensen]].
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'''Parma Eldalamberon''' ([[Quenya]] "The Book of Elven-tongues"), often simply '''Parma''' or '''PE''' for short, is a journal of the [[Elvish Linguistic Fellowship]] dedicated to [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]'s [[languages]].  
  
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==History==
While, much like ''[[Vinyar Tengwar]]'', its first issues published essays and enquiries into Elvish, the later issues featured original work by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]. These include the ''[[Gnomish Lexicon]]'' in [[Parma Eldalamberon 11|issue 11]], the ''[[Qenya Lexicon]]'' in [[Parma Eldalamberon 12|issue 12]], and most recently the extensive onomastical enquiry "Words, Phrases and Passages in ''The Lord of the Rings''" in [[Parma Eldalamberon 17|issue 17]].  
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''Parma Eldalamberon'' was started in [[1971]], as an irregular periodical published by the Linguistic Fellowship of the [[Mythopoeic Society]]. The first editor was [[Paula Marmor]]. It ran for five issues, ending in [[1977]], but is considered the root of several landmark books. [[Jim Allan]] and [[Robert Foster]] were both regular contributors, and their works ''[[An Introduction to Elvish]]'' and ''[[The Complete Guide to Middle-earth]]'' are spin-offs of the journal. The publication of ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', ''[[Unfinished Tales]]'' and ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'' made most of the discussions outdated, and the project was shelved.
  
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Seven years later, [[Christopher Gilson]] revived ''Parma''. He kept the original name, despite the fact that the increase in Quenya material gave the correct translation as ''Parma Eldalambion''. Gilson published ''Parma'' outside the Linguistic Fellowship.<ref>[[David Doughan]], "Book Reviews: Parma Eldalamberon 6", in: [[Quettar]] 21 ([[November]] [[1984]]), page 8</ref>
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In [[1991]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] approved of ''Parma'' publishing original text by Tolkien, especially the long linguistic texts for which he could find no place in ''[[The History of Middle-earth]]''.<ref>[[Christopher Gilson]], "Foreword", in: [[Parma Eldalamberon 11]] ([[1995]]), page 2</ref>
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In the mean time, ''[[Vinyar Tengwar]]'' also started publishing Tolkien's original texts. Now, they are both edited by more or less the same team, and ''Parma'' specializes in the longer wordlists, while ''Vinyar Tengwar'' publishes Tolkien's essays.<ref>[[David Bratman]], "Posthumous Publications", in: ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia]]'' (edited by [[Michael Drout]]), page 547-8</ref>
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* '''[http://www.eldalamberon.com/ Official website]'''
 
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Parma Eldalamberon
Current Editor: Paula Marmor, Christopher Gilson
Latest Issue: 17
Website: Eldalamberon
Publication Information
Frequency: Irregular
Format: Irregular
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Parma Eldalamberon (Quenya "The Book of Elven-tongues"), often simply Parma or PE for short, is a journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship dedicated to J.R.R. Tolkien's languages.

History

Parma Eldalamberon was started in 1971, as an irregular periodical published by the Linguistic Fellowship of the Mythopoeic Society. The first editor was Paula Marmor. It ran for five issues, ending in 1977, but is considered the root of several landmark books. Jim Allan and Robert Foster were both regular contributors, and their works An Introduction to Elvish and The Complete Guide to Middle-earth are spin-offs of the journal. The publication of The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien made most of the discussions outdated, and the project was shelved.

Seven years later, Christopher Gilson revived Parma. He kept the original name, despite the fact that the increase in Quenya material gave the correct translation as Parma Eldalambion. Gilson published Parma outside the Linguistic Fellowship.[1]

In 1991, Christopher Tolkien approved of Parma publishing original text by Tolkien, especially the long linguistic texts for which he could find no place in The History of Middle-earth.[2]

In the mean time, Vinyar Tengwar also started publishing Tolkien's original texts. Now, they are both edited by more or less the same team, and Parma specializes in the longer wordlists, while Vinyar Tengwar publishes Tolkien's essays.[3]

References

  1. David Doughan, "Book Reviews: Parma Eldalamberon 6", in: Quettar 21 (November 1984), page 8
  2. Christopher Gilson, "Foreword", in: Parma Eldalamberon 11 (1995), page 2
  3. David Bratman, "Posthumous Publications", in: J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia (edited by Michael Drout), page 547-8

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