Learn to Speak Elvish
So you're curious about Elvish? Well, then you've come to the right place to learn to speak Elvish. This is the Elvish based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, so don't complain that this isn't Elvish as you know it. There are countless authors who try to make a language, but none are as complete as the linguistic picture that J.R.R. Tolkien provides us. Here are a list of common Elvish words and elvish grammer so you can learn to speak Elvish. There are sites down below with additional information on Elvish and it's history.
A History of Elvish
Mr. Tolkien produced many varieties of Elvish throughout the Middle Earth series. To go into all the various dialects on Elvish, throughout the scope of time in Middle Earth, is far beyond the scope of this guide, as it would take hundreds of pages to properly fill.
The two language variations with the most complete language and grammar are Quenya and Sindarin, High-elven and grey-elven respectively. In terms of inspiration and rudimentary grammar, Elvish is based off of Welsh and Finnish. Even though J.R.R. Tolkien only created about 350 words for his Elvish language, fans of his novels have continually expanded the language from the original 350 words, so that today it is many thousands of words, and capable of full and complete conversation, almost up to par with real languages. The devotion of his fans is a testament to the power of his work.
So without further ado, here are some good basic conversational Elvish, which satisfies the curiosity of most people and is more than enough to effectively learn to speak elvish at its most rudimentary form.
English - Elvish ____________________________________________________________
Good (day/morning/afternoon) - Uel (re/amrun/andune) Greetings (everyone) - Vedui' (il'er)
Farewell - Namarie
You are a mighty warrior - Lle naa belegohtar
You are beautiful - Lle naa vanima
You disgust me - Amin feuya ten' lle
Are you ready? - Lle desiel?
Run (for it) - Rima (ten'ta)!
For the most complete dictionary of Elvish phrases available, please click here. Below are some useful J.R.R. Tolkien Elf related videos, and additional resources for research on the Elves in general.
Learn to Speak Elvish
J.R.R. Tolkien Reads: "A Poem In Elvish"
Drawing Lessons: How to Draw an Elf
Learn to Speak Elvish: Other Important Resources
- The Elvish Linguistic Fellowship
Perhaps the most important site on here, the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship is the website devoted to the study of the Elven language. If you truly have an interest in it, check this website out before anything else!
- Write Your Name in Elvish in Ten Minutes
Pretty self explanatory. Translate your name into Elvish, symbol by symbol. Please remember: there are MANY WAYS to translate English into Elvish and this is just one of them.
- Elvish languages (Middle-earth) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The wikipedia article on the Learning to Speak Elvish. Read up for a nice summary, and additional links to useful pieces of information.
- The Elvish Name Generator
An interesting little site where you can get your name in Elvish. Mine's Elwë Felagund :)
- Elven Phrases
This is the ultimate compendium of Elvish phrases!! A must-have for anyone who wants to learn Elvish! Best of all, it's completely free.
- Learn Elvish
Some useful, if disorganized, information on how to learn to speak Elvish.
A website devoted to J.R.R. Tolkien and the Elvish people he created.
- BBC NEWS | Do you speak Elf?
Schoolboys are learning to speak like elves, following the success of the Lord of the Rings films.
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