PARMA ELDALAMBERON 15
SÍ QENTE FEANOR
and Other Elvish Writings
by J. R. R. TOLKIEN
The forthcoming issue is a collection
of early writings by J. R. R. Tolkien
concerning his invented languages
and scripts, edited and annotated
by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith,
Patrick H. Wynne and Bill Welden,
under the guidance of Christopher
Tolkien and with the permission of
the Tolkien Estate.
"SÍ QENTE FEANOR" is a prose excerpt written in Qenya.
It was composed by Tolkien in the same notebook that
contains the tale called "The Nauglafring" and the Gnomish
Grammar. Other writings from the Lost Tales period
presented in this issue include a list of Qenya and Gnomish
"NAMES AND REQUIRED ALTERATIONS" connected with
"The Cottage of Lost Play"; two charts laying out
the sound system of Gnomish; and various early notes
on Elvish words and names not found anywhere else.
Editorial commentary is provided on the connections
of these texts with the contemporary tales and lexicons.
"EARLY RUNIC DOCUMENTS" is an edition of Tolkien's charts
and notes from about 1918 to 1925 dealing with runes
and various rune-like alphabets. Tolkien's examples
of the scripts are reproduced in fascimile — charts
of the sounds represented by the letters, and Elvish words
and English texts written in the scripts. These include
English and Gothic runes; Gondolinic runes; and two
invented scripts, one called simply "Runic" and the other
called "Gnomic Letters". Transcriptions of the examples,
and commentary on the dating and historical background
Tables of "EARLY QENYA PRONOUNS" provide a glimpse
of the transition in the conception of the language
between the Lost Tales period and the "Early Qenya
Grammar" that Tolkien composed while at Leeds.
And closely connected with the grammar we also
present an "ENGLISH-QENYA DICTIONARY" which
Tolkien began to compile at this time; and from about
the same period a partial "INDEX OF NAMES" for
"The Lay of the Children of Húrin". Detailed annotations
and commentary on the conceptual developments are
included in this edition of these texts.
Parma Eldalamberon Issue Number 15 is currently
at the printer.
The expected publication date is September 27, 2004.
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