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Peeve Farm
Breeding peeves for show, not just to keep as pets
Brian Tiemann
Silicon ValleyNew York-based purveyor of a confusing mixture of Apple punditry, political bile, and sports car rentals.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
16:51 - Ardalambion
http://move.to/ardalambion

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Why on earth has it taken me fifteen years to notice that this site exists?

I followed the Tolklang list back in college, but it rapidly overwhelmed me and my paltry pretense at understanding all the theory and structure behind such an academically-focused effort. But now—and for years now, it seems—there's a site making Tolkien's languages accessible to the laity, including a Quenya course:

This course is for the serious student who really wants to study one of the most highly developed languages Tolkien ever made, scrutinizing it in all its rich and intricate detail - a study undertaken largely (or entirely) for its own sake. Knowing Quenya will hardly be of much help in finding a job. This course is not for the faint-hearted who are unable to truly appreciate a lengthy discussion of (say) whether ny is to be considered a consonant cluster n + y or a single consonant like Spanish ñ. I do try to present the structure and grammar of Quenya in an attractive fashion, but the student must have no fear of "technicalities"; this course is all about technicalities. If you want to "learn Quenya" simply because you would like to coin a few cool Elvish names to be used in role-playing, chances are that you are in no way prepared to delve into the amount of information here presented. If, on the other hand, your interest is sufficient to carry you through this entire course, you will emerge not only with an insight on Quenya grammar that is about as complete as published material allows - you will also know what research in the field of Tolkienian linguistics is all about.

Damn. I'm hardly alone in this observation, but... screw the stories. This stuff is what fascinates me.

(And the fact that the guy behind the site, Helge Kåre Fauskanger, only has English as a second language in the first place is just the icing on the cake...)

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