Tolkien Gateway

Welsh

(Difference between revisions)
(Added Tolkien's perception of Welsh)
 
(One intermediate revision by one user not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
 
{{incomplete}}
 
{{incomplete}}
'''Welsh''' is the [[Celtic]] language spoken throughout Wales and some nearby parts of England. [[Mark T. Hooker]] observes that "Tolkien’s definition of Welsh does not exactly coincide with the modern perceptions of the word. When Tolkien says Welsh, it is as a portmanteau that includes Cornish and Breton as well."<ref>[[Tolkien and Welsh]], Llyfrawr, 2012, p. 1</ref>
+
'''Welsh''' is the [[Celtic]] language spoken throughout Wales and some nearby parts of England. [[Mark T. Hooker]] observes that "Tolkien's definition of Welsh does not exactly coincide with the modern perceptions of the word. When Tolkien says Welsh, it is as a portmanteau that includes Cornish and Breton as well."<ref>[[Mark T. Hooker]], ''[[Tolkien and Welsh]]'', p. 1</ref>
  
 
==Sindarin==
 
==Sindarin==
  
[[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] appears to have been greatly inspired by Welsh when creating the [[Elvish]] language [[Sindarin]]. Several similarities have been pointed out:
+
[[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] admits to have been greatly inspired by Welsh when creating the [[Elvish]] language [[Sindarin]].<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 40</ref> Several similarities have been pointed out:
  
 
===Singular/Plural===
 
===Singular/Plural===

Latest revision as of 17:19, 18 August 2013

"We have a long way to go, and there is time ahead for thought." — Treebeard
This article is in the early stages of construction and should not be viewed as complete, or even close to being finished.

Welsh is the Celtic language spoken throughout Wales and some nearby parts of England. Mark T. Hooker observes that "Tolkien's definition of Welsh does not exactly coincide with the modern perceptions of the word. When Tolkien says Welsh, it is as a portmanteau that includes Cornish and Breton as well."[1]

Contents

[edit] Sindarin

Tolkien admits to have been greatly inspired by Welsh when creating the Elvish language Sindarin.[2] Several similarities have been pointed out:

[edit] Singular/Plural

Editor Carl F. Hostetter has noted that the singular form lotheg is formed by the addition of a diminuitive/singular ending -eg/-ig to the plural form loth, much like in Welsh where a singular noun can derive "from a plural form by the addition of a singular ending".[3]

[edit] Lenition

[edit] External links

[edit] References

  1. Mark T. Hooker, Tolkien and Welsh, p. 1
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 40
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 30 (note 42)