[LMB] Reading in different languages

A. Marina Fournier saffronrose at me.com
Wed Oct 13 06:51:11 BST 2021

On Oct 12, 2021, at 9:58 AM, Margaret Dean <margdean56 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 12, 2021 at 1:30 AM A. Marina Fournier via Lois-Bujold <
> lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:
>>> On Oct 11, 2021, at 11:27 PM, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I know what you mean.  I've fantasized about watching J.R.R. Tolkien go
>>> nuts if I visited him and brought along the Anglo-Saxon and Gothic
>> versions
>>> of *Alice in Wonderland.*
>> Why Prof. Tolkien? Charles Dodgson might give you a better reaction, I
>> should think.
> Because Tolkien was a philologist, and Anglo-Saxon and Gothic were two of
> the languages he was particularly interested in. Dodgson, on the other
> hand, was a mathematician, not a language wonk.
>> As to Tolkien, anyone know if the Middle-Earth books are available in
>> Icelandic? Old Icelandic underlays much of the Elven language.
> Um, no. Tolkien was interested in the Scandinavian languages and Norse
> sagas, but his primary models for the Elvish languages were Finnish, for
> Quenya (NOT a Scandinavian or even an Indo-European language) and Welsh for
> Sindarin.

Ok, so wonder where did I get the idea it was Old Icelandic?

Yea, Finnish falls into the Finno-Ugric? Hungarian family.
For me the odd thing is that *Mongolian* is a Turkic language—blame Hu for learning that.

A. Marina Fournier
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