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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...