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Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth [Paperback]

Ruth S. Noel
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  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade) (28 May 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395291305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395291306
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 11.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Explains the fourteen different languages and assorted alphabets of Middle-earth, translates Elvish poetry, war slogans, and sayings, and features a complete dictionary of non-English words in the Middle-earth classics.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Having started to learn elvish and some of tolkiens other languages, I bought this book. At first I thought it was fantastic, but now that I've read more into it, there are a lot of inaccuracies, and I don't feel the author has used the texts written by Tolkien to their full potential. If you are looking to learn elvish/Tolkiens languages, try Jim allen's introduction to elvish. Its a little heavy going but very comprehensive.
In short,if you are really looking to learn about tolkiens languages, don't waste your money on this book- there are better resources out there!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy and informative 6 Dec 2003
If you are intrested in the subject and want to know more about it, this book is very nice to start with. The writer doesn't expect you to have any foreknowledge, exept that you have read Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings'.
After you have read it, you have some background information and some base-luggage before you start studying more comprehensive and hard-to-read works like 'An introduction to elvish'.
But if you are a somewhat more studied into the subject, like me and some of my co-rewriters, you'll find that it contains lots of inaccuracies. It is quite incomplete and more then sometimes incorrect.
But still I recommend it to those who're just starting their study as an enrichment of their base-knowledge. But it's absolutely useless and even misleading as a reference.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated 26 Sep 2003
As a long time student of Quenya, one of Tolkien's Invented Languages, I have come across The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-Earth quite often, and almost never in a positive way. Much of the information on Quenya (I am not expert enough on the other languages to judge those parts) is incomplete and outdated. This is not necessariy a fault of the writer, but it does make this book a bad companion for beginning students of Quenya.
I would never recommend this book to anyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tolkien Fan 1 July 2014
Another book on the languages that Tolkien created so I now have two such dictionaries to compare! We will see which I end up preferring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and enjoyable 29 Jun 2014
By Lenci
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I have always had a fascination with languages, and Lord of the Rings in particular. This book is simply written but not so simple that it is boring. It contains details about the various languages that Tolkein created including Elvish, Dwarvish and even some hobbit words! I found this book fun to read and learnt a fair bit from it. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is unsure whether to learn any elvish.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong, erroneous, misleading 30 April 2014
This book should be ignored. It is totally outdated and full of errors. The author does not even understand the difference between Quenya and Sindarin.
For details, see e.g.[...]
For a list of reliable sources, see [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. 18 Sep 2013
By Michael
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Just, wow, really, really amazing. If you like elves, Tolkien, or are looking to try and write your own language, this book really does help. It pulls together all the information he left behind and then tries to cover as many of the gaps as it can. A really good book, both in feel (physically) and in reading.
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