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A Gateway to Sindarin: A Grammar of an Elvish Language from JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

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From the 1910s to the 1970s, author and linguist J. R. R. Tolkien worked at creating plausibly realistic languages to be used by the creatures and characters in his novels. Like his other languages, Sindarin was a new invention, not based on any existing or artificial language. By the time of his death, he had established fairly complete descriptions of two languages, the ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by University of Utah Press (first published November 8th 2004)
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Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is definitely a fairly technical work on the linguistic structure of the Sindarin language (Edhellen). It is not a a "How to Speak Sindarin" language teaching text, so those of us wishing to challenge the pre-eminence of Klingon will have to wait for that. However, what it is is an excellent description of many of the features of one of the two main Elven languages invented by Tolkien. It is technical because Tolkien was a master of philology and linguistics, and through the technical descr ...more
Francesco Scarlata
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
In effetti Tolkien ci ha insegnato che gli Elfi esistono davvero, per cui sarebbe scortese farsi trovare impreparati nel caso in cui ci capitasse di incontrarne uno!
L'autore di questo curioso libro è la stessa persona che ha curato tutti i dialoghi elfici delle due trilogie di Peter Jackson, il Signore degli Anelli e Lo Hobbit.
Si tratta di un'analisi puntuale - spesso complessa - dell'affascinante mondo linguistico creato dal Professore. Tolkien infatti ha concepito un retroterra estetico-ling
James Spahn
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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As a contributor to the officially licensed Middle-earth table-top "The One Ring," this is a great reference for the linguistically inclined Tolkien fan. However, that being said, it is dense and reads like a textbook because, well, it is.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
This work is not as intellectually honest as it should be, given the amount of scholarship that has gone into the study of Tolkien's invented languages. Many of the claims in this book are presented as facts based on selectively chosen data that suit Salo's desired "final" version of Sindarin. Salo's version of Sindarin is an interesting exercise, but unless you are already a Sindarin scholar, you won't know where Salo is making reasonable claims and where he is ignoring valid counterpoints.
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely excellent! A full text book on sindarin. If you are looking for a fictional story this isn't the way to go, it is literally an in-depth text book full with pronunciation, grammar, sentence structure and so so much more. Salo did a great job and if you want to learn elvish this is the only way to go.... until they come out with a rosetta stone for elvish that is....

Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
5 stars given with the caveat that if you aren't into deep deep linguistic theory and arcane rules of grammar and obscure Indo-European glottal stops... well, don't bother.

If you want to become totally immersed in Sindarin, you have to own this book. (and no I'm not being sarcastic)
I hate to admit it, but although I am marking this book as "read," I did not, in fact, read the whole thing. Just enough to remind myself that while I am fascinated by languages and linguistics, I have never felt particularly drawn to the constructed languages of Tolkien. I guess studying Latin and Greek keeps me quite occupied, and if I were going to read up on a conlang, it would probably be Esperanto . . . .
Dirk Elzinga
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a descriptive and historical grammar of an invented language, a very odd book for someone to have written (and perhaps even odder for someone to have read). It is a solid piece of scholarship. It will not help you learn how to speak Sindarin, but it may give you an appreciation for Tolkien's intellectual achievement in its invention.
James M. Madsen, M.D.
I confess that I haven't read this entire book, but as a reference, it has excellent word lists and a good discussion of linguistic issues. What it's not is a book to teach you the language step by step.
Linda Hoover
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The definitive guide to one of the Elvish languages created by Tolkien. This book is a wonderful, in-depth guide to Sindarin!! Anyone wishing to learn or know more about Tolkien's Sindarin language should read this book.
This one is MUST READ!!☺☺☺ ...more
Jason Miller
Sep 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Educational, not entertaining. It's a textbook, and a good one.
Liza Gilbert
Jul 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Excellent information, but very garbled in presentation. Unless the reader is a professional linguist, they should expect to be confused. Very confused.
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a linguist, this book made me giddy. Highly recommend,but only if you've had linguistic training. My mother took one look and gave up, its very complicated for people not in the field.
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