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  • Lalaith claims: 'Rohirric has never been used by Tolkien. It seems that Foster has invented it for the occasion of writing his guide, perhaps modelling it on Adûnaic.' It seems to be the preferred term in current use, though, e.g. Ardalambion uses it without comment; I just thought I should mention that. Rohanese and Rohirian are suggested as alternatives; Lalaith actually uses Rohirin, just to add to the confusion.

    August 1, 2008

  • Elvish is more Gaelic than Dwarvish. Though of course sionnach is free to argue with me, whereupon I'll promptly say "yes, yes," and smile.

    July 31, 2008

  • Rohirric was related to Westron (the Common Speech), but with a more archaic feel to it. Tolkien translated it using actual Old English (holbytla, théoden, eorl etc.) to indicate this relatedness.

    Dwarvish was if anything Semitic in inspiration: the alternation between Khazâd "Dwarves", Khuzdul "Dwarvish", and a possible construct state in Khazad-dûm "Moria" looks a lot like Semitic triconsonantal roots.

    July 31, 2008

  • I think Dwarfish was meant to be Gaelic.

    July 31, 2008

  • Geek alert! I believe it was based on Old English. But then, most things in Tolkein seem to have been based on OE.

    July 31, 2008

  • A minor language spoken in the Lord of the Rings novels - I suppose it's meant to be the equivalent of Cornish.

    July 31, 2008