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How would you write this modified version of the ring inscription in the Black Speech?

One ring to rule you, one ring to find you One ring to bring you, and in the darkness bind you I love you Gopinadh
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Would cuiviëquendion be the proper translation of the awakening of the Elves?

Would cuiviëquendion be the proper translation of the awakening of the Elves ? As far as I understand cuivië means awakening and quendion is the genetive adjective associated to Quendi which literally ...
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What made Tolkien's diachronics purposefully not naturalistic?

Somewhere else I heard that Tolkien's languages had some purposeful non naturalistic diachronics with stuff like elvish languages having the elves make some purposeful changes to them partially due to ...
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Translate into quenya

I want to translate those sentences in quenya : One ring to show our love, One ring to seal our love, One ring to spread our light, And forever to make us bright This gives with latin letters the ...
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Mathematical Quenya Symbol?

I found many sites where Quenya numerical system was explain, but nothing about mathematical opperation like : + - / * (I don't speak about advanced notion like x² or square), but there is nothing ...
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New examples for Black Speech in Rings of Power

In the latest episodes of The Rings of Power, several orcs say something in Black Speech, which is not translated in the subtitles. I had a brief look on the web, but cannot find anything about the ...
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How to translate to Black Speech this sentence "Eye of the Sauron is always watching"?

How to translate to Black Speech phrase "Eye of the Sauron is always watching"? or more simply: "Sauron is always watching", or even more simply "Sauron is watching". and ...
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Did the Elvish languages converge before they diverged?

I have the impression that Tolkien, for whom pinning anything down permanently was Not The Point, worked his philology forward and backward almost equally. Is it known whether or not Qenya and ...
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Were Tolkien's languages used in the works of C. S. Lewis and other inklings?

It is well-known that J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and others were members of an informal club named inklings and spoke which each other about their literary work. I also remember that some of the ...
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If 'Amlonde' were a word in Sindarin or Quenya, what would it mean?

I learned that in the real world Amlonde is a given name of South African origin (I cannot be more precise on linguistic background or meaning). But the word looks suspiciously like a word from ...
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What is the influence of Russian on Tolkien's languages?

I have noticed some artifacts from Russian in published earlier manuscripts of Tolkiens works, e.g., The figure named Beorn in The Hobbit was named Medwed in earlier manuscripts In Early Quenya, ...
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An Elvish word for squirrel

Is there an Elvish word for squirrel? According to my latest information from Helmut W. Pesch, Das große Elbisch-Buch, Bastei-Lübbe 2009, there is no such word. My best try is the Quenya word ...
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Are there works composed in Quenya or Sindarin by people other than Tolkien himself?

Are there any works composed (e.g., peoms, songs, short stories) in either Quenya or Sindarin by other authors than JRR Tolkien himself? I am already aware of some dialogues in the Lord of the Rings ...
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Are there speech communities for Tolkien's Elvish languages?

Has anyone tried to put one of Tolkien's Elvish languages Sindarin or Quenya into everyday conversational use? I can imagine fan groups doing this, but I can also imagine big problems with the ...
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What similarities does The Black Speech in Tolkien have to Hurrian?

I've just come across this quote from Wikipedia: Russian historian Alexander Nemirovski claimed a strong similarity to Hurrian, which had recently been partially deciphered at the time of the ...
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How did Tolkien model diachronic changes in his Elvish languages?

Wikipedia explains that Tolkien modelled changes to his Elvish languages, something we'd call diachronic conlanging these days: Tolkien conceived a family tree of Elvish languages, all descending ...
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Saying "hello" in khuzdul

Khuzdul, Tolkien's mysterious dwarvish language, is limited in vocabulary (we don't know most of the words) and I can't find hello anywhere. Some notes: According to this, "good" is "gamut" and "day" ...
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Is Tolkien's Dwarvish really based on Hebrew?

Many sources say that Tolkien's Dwarvish resembles the Hebrew language. The Lord of the Rings Wikia states that: It appears to be structured, like real-world Semitic languages, around the ...
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Are words for "machine" and the like in Tolkien present in Elvish/Westron?

Tolkien was very much known to be a bit of a Luddite - no fan of technology; Treebeard says in reference to Saruman He is plotting to become a Power. He has a mind of metal and wheels; and he does ...
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How much Dwarvish did Tolkien actually devise?

The Dwarvish language in Tolkien's legendarium is famous for being virtually unknown to non-Dwarves. Apart from a few phrases, like Gimli's battle-cry "Baruk Khazad! Khazad ai-menu!" (from memory; ...
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How much of Tolkien's "black language" exists?

What samples or knowledge do we have of the black speech created by Tolkien? Having read a decent amount of the legendarium (Silmarillion, LotR, Hobbit, Children of Hurin, and some of the Lost Tales) ...
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How to read One Ring inscription?

The following inscription appears on the One Ring in The Fellowship of the Ring book: Which in Black Speech can be written down as: Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, Ash nazg thrakatulûk agh ...
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What is opposite of "burzum", "darkness", in Tolkien's Black Speech?

I'm aware that burzum means darkness in The Black Speech. Do we know what the opposite is? How is lightness written?
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How many dialects of Tolkien's Elvish are there?

I've seen several variations of Tolkien's Elvish around, with different names, such as Sindarin and Q(u)enya. How many dialects of Tolkien's Elvish are there, and how do they differ from one another?
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Were Tolkien's Elvish languages based on known natural languages?

I'm a great fan of Tolkien's books, especially The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. One thing I have always wondered about in his books though, is whether the Elvish tongues were actually fully new ...
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