Quettar

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Quettar
Quettar logo.jpg
EditorSusan Rule and others
PublisherThe Tolkien Society
Released1980 to 1995

Quettar was the journal of the Linguistic Fellowship of The Tolkien Society.

Publication[edit]

Quettar was founded in 1980 by Susan Rule, and edited since then by Steve Pillinger, Michael Poxon, David Doughan and Julian C. Bradfield. In 1995, after 49 issues, Bradfield could no longer find time to edit, and due to the rise of the Internet - Bradfields own Tolklang - submissions became low, and Quettar ceased to exist. Recently, Bradfield has expressed interest in reviving Quettar[1], and started publishing back issues.

Aim[edit]

On the back of every issue, the aim of Quettar was written:


QUETTAR is Quenya, or 'High-Elven'. It means 'words', and is the bulletin of the Linguistic Fellowship of the Tolkien Society, whose members are referred to as Quendili, which means 'lovers of language' or 'lovers of Quenya', (though there are some Sindarindili among us). Those who describe themselves as philologists tend to say Lambendili. Feanorian calligraphers are known (perhaps inaccurately) as Tengwardili, runemasters as Certatúri.

The languages which principally interest us are those sub-created by J.R.R. Tolkien, including:

Quenya Khuzdul
Qenya Adûnaic
Sindarin Rohirric
Nandorin Wose-speech
Wood-Elven Arctic
Eldarissa Common Speech/Westron
Goldogrin Other Mannish languages


This also involves a degree of interest in Finnish, Welsh, Old English and other 'real world' languages. We stress 'interest'. While expertise is welcome, in order to become a Quendil all you need is love. We trust that knowledge will follow.

As these publications appeared before most of Tolkien's linguistic papers were published in The History of Middle-earth and Vinyar Tengwar, much of it relied on speculation. Little original material was published, though the Tengwar numerals did find their first full appearance in issue 13.

Issues[edit]

External links[edit]

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Peter Roe Books 1. Some Light on Middle-earth (1985) · 2. Leaves from the Tree (1991) · 3. The First and Second Ages (1992) · 4. Travel and Communication in Tolkien's Worlds (1996) · 5. Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees, vol. 1 (1997) · 6. Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees, vol. 2 (1998) · 7. Tolkien, the Sea and Scandinavia (1999) · 8. The Ways of Creative Mythologies (2000) · 9. Tolkien: A Mythology for England? (2000) · 10. The Best of Amon Hen, vol. 1 (2000) · 11. Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees, vol. 3 (2001) · 12. Sindarin Lexicon (2001) · 13. The Best of Amon Hen, vol. 2 (2002) · 14. Tolkien: Influenced and Influencing (2005)· 15. Freedom, Fate and Choice in Middle-earth (2012) · 16. Journeys & Destinations (2015) · 17. Death and Immortality in Middle-earth (2017) · 18. Poetry and Song in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (2018) · 19. Tolkien the Pagan? (2019)