Halethian

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The Halethian language was the language of the Folk of Haleth, the Second House of the Edain.[1]

Very little is known about it, and it died out completely sometime between F.A. 501[2] and 542[3].[note 1][4]

History

Unlike the languages of the Folk of Hador and Bëor, which were somewhat intelligible to each other, the Halethian language was completely unrelated to the two, or, at any rate, it split off from the ancestor of the former two a very long time ago by the time that the Folk of Haleth reached Beleriand.[5]

The language was already going extinct even before Túrin Turambar, a tragic hero of the First Age, came to Brethil in F.A. 496,[6] the realm of the Folk of Haleth.[1]

Etymology and other names

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The term Halethian is likely a combination of the name Haleth (the legendary chieftainess of the Haladin in the First Age) + the suffix -ian ("from, related to, or like"): which ultimately traces its roots to the Latin -iānnus, which forms adjectives of belonging or origin from a noun.

The Halethian language was also called the language of the Folk of Haleth.

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Notes

  1. It was said that the language of the House of Haleth died out sometimes after the coming of Húrin into Brethil (i.e. F.A. 501) and the coming of Eärendil to Aman (i.e. F.A. 542; at which point it was already extinct).

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XII. The Problem of Ros", "Notes", Note 4, p. 372
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Three. The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings not forming part of the Quenta Silmarillion: I. The Wanderings of Húrin", entry 501, pp. 257-8
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Three. The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings not forming part of the Quenta Silmarillion: V. The Tale of Years", entry 536, p. 348
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XII. The Problem of Ros", "Notes", Note 17, p. 374
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XII. The Problem of Ros", p. 368
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part One. The Grey Annals": §496, pp. 91-2
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