Languages and Writing Systems
“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones, and good in everything.” ~ Wm. Shakespeare, “As You Like It”
This brief introduction to Tolkien's alphabets and writing systems is the work of Arden Smith, specialist in inventend languages and co-editor of Parma Eldalamberon ('The Book of Elven-tongues'), the journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship. This journal presents previously unpublished writings by J.R.R. Tolkien specifically on the subject of his languages, with the permission of the Tolkien Estate.
Carl Hostetter is a founding member of E.L.F. (Elvish Linguistic Fellowship) and editor of Parma Eldalamberon. In this article he presents us with a brief introduction to the languages of Middle-earth, their development, and the underlying linguistic construction.