It is always an interesting thing when you come to a fictional language. The language of Lovecraft’s universe was terrifying R’lyehian, the language in Star Trek serial was Klingon language, and the most striking language that we could hear in The Lord of the Rings serial is Elvish.
Description of Elvish
Elvish dictionary LOTR world is a term that includes various Elven languages. The history of the Elvish starts with only one language, called Primitive Elvish. That is the same as the situation of real languages, there was always one language that was the basis of different groups. However, since there were various conflicts and separations in the Middle-earth, this Primitive Elvish was broken into different pieces: Nandorin, Lindarion, Avarin, Falthren, Mithren, Quenya and Telerin.
Tolkien was focused only on the development of two of these groups: Sindarin and Quenya. The thing that tells us how big language fanatic Tolkien was is the fact that he even worked on the development of different dialects of these two languages.
When the Third Age was reached, Sindarian had become the official Elvish language of Middle-earth. Many Elves of The Lord of the Rings universe used this language in a way that we are using English today. On the other hand, Quenya isn’t used much in The Lord of the Rings universe. It is the main language in Valinor, and it is used in the names of Numenorean and Gondorian rulers.
Development of the language
Since he was a philologist, Tolkien was familiar with various European languages such as Latin, Greek, Spanish, Italian and later Finnish, which had a great influence on the development of the Elvish dictionary. He began the work on the Elvish dictionary LOTR world in 1910, and Quanya was the first one that was developed. Actually, the creation of languages had a great impact of The Lord of the Rings story, since it inspired the whole concept of nations and races, migrations, separations and conflicts. All these factors were needed for the development of a particular language.
The Elvish dictionary and language in the LOTR universe has changed over the years, but after 1954, when the first book of The Lord of the Rings was published, the language got a strong form and dictionary. However, Tolkien didn’t stop there with the development of the Elvish dictionary and language. He went deeper into the subject, and he has created fictional philologist that worked on the creation of different Elvish languages. These fictional scientists are named Lambengomor. Known Lambengolmor scientists were Rumil, who was the inventor of the first Elvish script, Feanor who was a student of Rumil, and who developed his script. Noldor was credited for the spread of Elvish language in the Middle-earth, and Pengolodh was a successful writer of the Elvish scripts.
The idea of creating a fictional language can sound crazy. Maybe it is crazy since there is a great amount of work there. However, these fictional languages that include Elvish gave a unique note to The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien was a language explorer, and thanks to his efforts, we are even able to learn the Elvish language on the internet. Also of note, the elves and their language were vital to the destruction of Theonering.