[LMB] OT: Tolkien language affiliations

Peter H. Granzeau pgranzeau at cox.net
Wed, 18 Dec 2002 10:48:31 -0500

At 16:06 12/18/2002 +1100, Avery Andrews wrote:
>Kirsten Edwards asked about Tolkien language affilations:
>To my ear, Sindarin does indeed seem Welsh-oid, and Quenya like Finnish
>(although the roots of many words in both are actually Germanic, e.g.
>craban = raven, congate with crow, Icelandic hrafn, etc.  And Adunaic
>(the language of Westernesse) inspired by Hebrew.  But Black Speech
>really doesn't sound like anything to me (can't be Turkish because of the
>sh's and z's etc. etc.

I think Tolkien just used as many ugly consonants as he could (sh, ch, kh, 
gh, g, k, and others) for the Black Speech.

Regards, Pete
pgranzeau at cox.net