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"Welsh is of this soil, this island, the senior language of the men of Britain; and Welsh is beautiful."
J.R.R. Tolkien[1]:189

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]:1


"The names of persons and places in this story were mainly composed on patterns deliberately modelled on those of Welsh (closely similar but not identical). This element in the tale has given perhaps more pleasure to more readers than anything else in it."
― J.R.R. Tolkien[2]

Tolkien admits to have been greatly inspired by Welsh when creating the Elvish language Sindarin.[3] Several similarities have been pointed out:


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".[4]


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