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I have posted on this before in several of the Elvish/Quenya/Sindarin threads but so many people continue to hope for an Elvish course on Duolingo that I. 1 févr. Learn the language of elves from J.R.R Tolkin fantasy books The Lord of the Rings. Memorize common phrases in Elvish with an easy and. Ceux qui apprennent le Sindarin (ou tout autre langage construit) ont sans doute été interrogés sur leur manière d’apprendre de telles langues. En discutant.

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Gris-Elfique, la langue de Beleriand, la langue noble; dans le Sda simplement “la langue des Elfes”. La conjugaison mixte IV. En commentant les grands changements, PM: Les noms ne furent pas toujours convertis avec autant de soin. Later, he found that “this element in the tale has given perhaps more pleasure to more readers than anything else in it” MC: Many consonant clusters are allowed in all positions, while initial and final clusters are virtually absent in Quenya.

Sindarjn sounds ch German ach-LautNOT “tsh” as in English church and thdh “th” as in think and thisrespectively are frequent. However, we will here use the digraphs, as in LotR.

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The unvoiced plosives ptc never occur following a vowel, but are lenited see below to bdg. Note that as in Quenya, c is always pronounced k standard example: At the end of words, f is pronounced vas in English of.

In Tengwar lf, a word like nef is actually spelt nev. R should be trilled, as in Spanish, Russian etc.

In HTML one unfortunately cannot place a circumflex above the vowel y. This is not very critical: In Tengwar writing, no distinction is made between long and super-long vowels; the use of circumflexes instead of accents in monosyllables is merely an extra complication Tolkien introduced in his Roman orthography for Sindarin evidently to make it abundantly clear how the sondarin are to be pronounced.

The Sindarin diphthongs include ai as in English aisleNOT as in maileiui as “ooy” in too young and au as in German Hausor as “ow” in English cow. At the end of words, au is spelt aw. There are also the diphthongs ae slndarin oewith no English counterparts; Tolkien actually suggests substituting ai and oi if you don’t sindarjn about such details indeed he sometimes anglicized Maedhros as “Maidros”, but anyone reading this document probably does care about the details.

Ae and oe are simply the vowels ao pronounced in one syllable with the vowel e as in English petjust like ai and oi are a and o pronounced together with i. Glorfindel’s greeting to Aragorn: Glorfindel’s cry to his horse: Apprejdre lim, noro lim, Asfaloth! The name of the horse cannot be interpreted, but seems to include loth “flower”.

Naur an edraith ammen! Naur dan i ngaurhoth! The first part literally means, according to TI: Actually there seems to be no word meaning “be”. Gandalf’s remark the morning after the wolf-attack: These were no ordinary wolves. Annon edhellen, edro hi ammen! Fennas nogothrim, lasto beth lammen!


An earlier variant of the invocation is found in RS: The inscription on the Moria Gate itself: Ennyn Durin Aran Moria: Im Apprenre hain echant: Celebrimbor o Eregion teithant i thiw hin. Speak, friend, and enter. I, Narvi, made them. Celebrimbor of Hollin [Eregion] drew these signs. It is translated in RGEO: Having gazed far away from the tree-woven lands of Middle-earth, to thee, Everwhite, I will sing, on this side of the Sea, here on this side of the Ocean” my translation based on Tolkien’s interlinear rendering.

An earlier variant of the song is found in RS: Sam’s “inspired” cry in Cirith Ungol: A tiro nin, Fanuilos!

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O look towards me, Everwhite! Cuio i Apprenxre anann! This is translated in Letters: Frodo and Sam, princes of the west, glorify them! Outside LotR, the most important source – indeed the longest Sindarin text we have, and the longest prose text in any Elvish tongue – is the King’s Lettera part of the Epilogue to LotR, that Tolkien later dropped.

It was finally published in SD: This translation is given in SD: And he desires to greet there all his friends. Other samples of Sindarin include: The battle-cry of the Edain of the North, given in UT: A sentence published in VT An incomplete translation of the Lord’s Prayer, published in VT In a more-or-less literal translation, this is apparently: Hostetter wrote in TolkLang message We shall have to touch on such matters quite often in our attempt to survey the structure of Sindarin.

The definite article, “the”, is i in the singular: These examples might just as well be Quenya.

In an untranslated text in The Lays of Beleriand p. However, since this theory was first advanced a new relevant example has been published.

Here we do have inot ireven though the next word begins in i. Moreover, the word for “Moon”, Ithilseems to count as a proper name in Sindarin, so we would not expect it to take any article at all. Some therefore think sindsrin ir of the phrase ir Ithil is not a variant of the definite article “the”, but has another meaning. Unlike Quenya and EnglishSindarin has a sindarij plural form of the article, in.

In both the singular and the plural, the article may appear as a suffix appended to prepositions. This suffix has the form – n or – in. Thus the preposition na “to” becomes nan “to the”.

This be would be the Sindarin cognate of Quenya ve “like, as”. The preposition nu or no “under” becomes nuin “under the” as in Dagor-nuin-Giliath “Battle under the Stars”, a name occurring in the Silmarillionchapter When the sindarkn occurs in the form – init may trigger phonological changes in the word it is appended to.

The preposition o “from, of” appears as uin when the article is suffixed, since in Sindarin earlier oi becomes ui cf. One might think that the ending – in added to prepositions corresponded to the independent article in for plural “the”, so that words like erin or uin would be used in conjunction with plural words only. But the King’s Letter demonstrates that this is not the case; here we find these words used together with singulars: Presumably – n- in suffixed to prepositions represents an oblique form of the article that is used both in the singular and the plural.


Dan i “against the” apprnedre not replaced by a single word, sc. However, if the second word of the construction is a common noun and not a name as in these examples, the genitival article en “of the” is used if the noun is definite. This genitival article sometimes takes the shorter form e ; cf. See below, in the section about consonant mutations, concerning the various incarnations of this article and the environments in which they occur. Only infrequently does the normal sg.

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But in apprrndre pluralthe normal pl. However, there are examples of the explicitly genitival article en being used in the plural as well: This seems to be less usual, though. In many cases, the articles cause the initial consonant of the following word to change.

These phonological intricacies are described below, in the section about consonant mutations. The article i triggers lenition or soft mutation of the following noun; see below.

The final n of the article in is often swallowed up in a process called nasal mutation ; the n disappears and the initial consonant of the noun is changed slndarin. On the other hand, the nasal of the suffix – n or – in”the” appended to prepositions, apparently persists – though it seems to trigger what we tentatively call mixed mutation in the following word.

The apprenrre are also used as relative pronouns; cf. Dor Firn i Guinar in the Silmarillion ch. It will be noted that Tolkien sometimes, but not always, connects the Sindarin articles to the next word by means of a hyphen or a dot. This is apparently optional.

In this work, when not quoting the sources directly, we connect the genitival article een “of the” to the next word by means of a hyphen since it would otherwise often be hard to tell apart from the preposition ede “out of”but we do not hyphenate the other articles. However, we are told that the dual form early became obsolete except in written works Letters: On the other hand, a so-called class plural developed, coexisting with the “normal” plural; see below.

As in most languages, the singular is the basic, uninflected form of the noun.