Tuesday, July 15, 2003

'Qenyaqetsa' Sees The Light of Day - Xoanon @ 11:44 PST
Ostadan writes: One of J.R.R. Tolkien's seminal works, the Qenyaqetsa, or Qenya Lexicon, is being reprinted. This is the first documented version of the language that eventually became Quenya, and dates from around 1917, and although it is expensive, I consider it indispensible for those interested in tracing the development of Tolkien's languages. Be warned, though, if you think you can 'learn Elvish' from it -- it is *not* a "Quenya Dictionary"; the language changed considerably by the time Lord of the Rings saw print. Here is Chris Gilson's announcement:

I am pleased to announce that copies of 'Parma Eldalamberon' no. 12 are once again available for purchase.

This issue contains the "Qenyaqetsa" by J.R.R. Tolkien, consisting of a brief sketch of the internal history of Qenya as envisioned at the time of his composition of the Lost Tales; "The Sounds of Qenya", a very detailed (though unfinished) historical phonology of the language; and the "Qenya Dictionary" -- more commonly known as the Qenya Lexicon -- the only comprehensive and systematic treatment of the vocabulary of this favorite of his Elvish languages that Tolkien ever completed.

The "Qenyaqetsa" is edited, with introductory comments and annotations, by Christopher Gilson, Carl F. Hostetter, Patrick Wynne, and Arden R. Smith. The annotations incorporate material from "The Poetic and Mythologic Words of Eldarissa"; and a table of the layout of roots in the manuscript is included.

'Parma Eldalamberon' no. 12 is a 138-page, 'perfect' bound journal, with cover illustrations by Adam Christensen. Copies of this second printing are available at a cost of $25.00 per copy. This includes delivery anywhere in the world -- 'priority' mail in the U.S. or air-mail elsewhere. Payment can be made electronically, using PayPal, at this link.

Or payment can be made by check or money order, in U.S. funds only, sent to:

Christopher Gilson
10646-A Rosewood Road
Cupertino, CA 95014

Elyo anwale,