Letter to David Masson (1955)
- Subject: Elvish historical philology.
- Description: 8-page draft letter.
- Publication: Extensive quotations from the letter appeared in Parma Eldalamberon, volume 17.
The languages have, of course, changed quite as much as the world and its stories to which they belong, and are now almost an Entish record of my own linguistic-æsthetic history, hardening at last with age. But you are quite right in your perceptions. Quenya still retains the traces of the impact upon me of Finnish. Sindarin was deliberately composed to resemble (with a difference) Welsh, by working similar sound-changes on the simple basic Eldarin structure to those exhibited by Brythonic, especially Welsh.