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Parma Eldalamberon
Current Editor: Paula Marmor, Christopher Gilson
Latest Issue: 18
Website: Eldalamberon
Publication Information
Frequency: Irregular
Format: Irregular

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.



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 The publication of The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien made most of the discussions outdated, and the project was shelved.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]


  • (?) Parma Eldalamberon 1
  • (?) Parma Eldalamberon 2
  • (?) Parma Eldalamberon 3
  • (?) Parma Eldalamberon 4
  • (?) Parma Eldalamberon 5
  • (?) Parma Eldalamberon 6
  • (1988) Parma Eldalamberon 7
  • (1990) Parma Eldalamberon 8
  • (1990) Parma Eldalamberon 9
  • (1994) Parma Eldalamberon 10
  • Parma Eldalamberon 11: I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • (?) Parma Eldalamberon 12: Qenyaqetsa: The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • (?) Parma Eldalamberon 13: The Alphabet of Rúmil & Early Noldorin Fragments by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • (2003) Parma Eldalamberon 14: Early Qenya and The Valmaric Script by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • (2004) Parma Eldalamberon 15: Sí Qente Feanor and Other Elvish Writings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • (?) Parma Eldalamberon 16: Early Elvish Poetry and Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • (?) Parma Eldalamberon 17: Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • (2009) Parma Eldalamberon 18: Tengwesta Qenderinwa and Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets, Part 2 by J.R.R. Tolkien


  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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