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A Taste of the Elven Language




Tolkien once stated that he had "tasted" a number of languages rather than studied them (MC:192). To provide a "taste" of Elvish collected here are a number of vocabulary items from both Quenya and Sindarin, grouping them under various headings. This should enable potential students to assess the style of these languages and perhaps even sense the fusion of sound and meaning that so delighted Tolkien. Of course, this list may also be of help in acquiring some basic vocabulary. But I'm afraid it will still be a long time before we see a complete Elvish thesaurus!


I: SELECTED QUENYA VOCABULARY


Jump down to Sindarin

PEOPLE: Quend "Elf" (but this is a technical word usually replaced by Elda, which strictly refers to the non-Avari Elves only), Atan "(Mortal) Man" (but this term came to be primarily associated with the Three Houses of the Edain), Firya and Frima "Mortal", Nauco "Dwarf" (also Casar, from Dwarvish Khazd), Picinauco or Pityanauco "Petty-dwarf", Orco or Urco "Orc". General terms (presumably) applicable to all races: qun "person" (pl. queni), nr "man" (pl. neri; cf. also vo or vaner = "adult man"), ns or niss "woman" (pl. nissi), hna "child", laps "babe", seldo *"boy" (?), wend later vend "maiden, girl". A "people" as a whole is called a li (hence Eldali = the people of the Elves).

THE FAMILY: verno "husband", vess "wife", indis "bride" (sometimes used for "wife"), atar "father" (atto = *"dad"), amil or amm "mother" (mamil = *"mom"), yondo "son", yeld "daughter" (changed to yend in the Etymologies, but later material may suggest that Tolkien restored yeld), toron "brother" (pl. torni), onn or seler "sister" (pl. selli), indyo "grandchild, descendant", onna "twin" (pl. noni). Besides the word for "brother" listed above, there is also otorno "sworn brother, associate" (the fem. form would seem to be osell, glossed "sister, associate").

ANIMALS: General word celva "moving animal", cf. also laman (used of four-footed animals, not of insects or reptiles), andamunda "elephant", huo "dog" (ronyo "hound of chase"), hyalma "shell, conch" (at least technically an animal and not a plant!), leuca "snake" (also ango pl. angwi), lingw "fish" (hala "small fish"), lk "worm, dragon" (also longer angulk; cf. also rmalk "winged dragon", urulk "fire-dragon", lingwilk "sea-serpent"), mma "sheep", morco "bear", mundo "ox" (this word may also mean "snout"), *nyaro "rat" (misreading "nyano" in LR:379), r "lion" (pl. rvi), rca and narmo "wolf" (nauro "werewolf"), rocco "horse", rusco "fox", wilwarin "butterfly". Early material has moi "cat", but this word looks weird in mature Quenya (no other singulars in -oi). An early source also has nion or nier for "bee", noldar or nolpa for "mole" and yax (or yaxi) for "cow". Birds: aiw or filit "(small) bird" (pl. filici), alqua "swan", ammal a yellow bird or "yellow hammer", cu or cua "dove", halatir or halatirno "kingfisher", lindo "singer" (singing bird), lmelind "nightingale" (kenning tindmerel = Sindarin tinviel), maiw "gull", soron or sorn "eagle", tambaro "woodpecker", tuilindo "swallow", quco "crow" (also corco).

PLANTS: olva "plant", uil "long trailing plant, especially sea-weed" (which is explicitly aruil), salqu "grass", sara "stiff dry grass", lass "leaf", olwa "branch", tussa "bush", hwan "sponge, fungus", lt "flower", loss "blossom" (usually white), nieninqu "snowdrop", asa aranion "athelas, kingsfoil". Trees: alda "tree", orn "tree" (smaller and more slender like a birch or rowan), alalm "elm-tree", feren "beech-tree", ercass "holly", malinorn "mallorn", norno "oak", tasar or tasar "willow", norno "oak", tyuluss "poplar-tree".

METALS, SUBSTANCES, ELEMENTS: erma, orma and hroa "(physical) matter", tinco or rauta "metal", malta "gold" (also poetic cullo "red gold"), telp or tyelp "silver", anga "iron", cemen "earth, soil", nn "water", nr "flame, fire", vilya, wilma or wista "air", loss "snow", helc "ice", lits "sand", asto "dust", ondo "stone" (as material, but also used = rock), ross "dew", hrv "flesh", serc "blood" (also yr), hyell "glass", t "wool", fall "foam".

BODY-PARTS: cr "head", lox or find "hair" (the term for a head of hair is findess), anta "face", hn "eye" (pl. hendi, or dual hendu), lr "pair of ears", nengw "nose", anto "mouth", p "lip" (so according to a late source; in the Etymologies, the gloss was "mouth"), nelet "tooth" (pl. nelci), lamba "tongue" (but "tongue" = language is lamb), fanga "beard", lanco "throat", yat (yaht-) "neck", hn "(physical) heart" (indo = symbolic heart), ranco "arm" (pl. ranqui), m "hand", camb "hollow of hand", qur "fist", leps "finger", tiuco "thigh", telco "leg" (pl. telqui), tl "foot", tallun "sole of foot", axo "bone". Early material also has lem "elbow" and aldamo "back". The word for the entire body is hroa (also used = "physical matter"). Somewhere there may be a sealed envelope containing a piece of paper with the Elvish designations of the genitals, furtively set down by Tolkien behind locked doors.

SOME TITLES AND PROFESSIONS: aran "king", tri "queen", cundu "prince", aranel "princess", heru "lord", heri "lady", arquen "a noble", aryon or haryon "heir", roquen "knight", cno "commander", tercno "herald", istyar "scholar", sairon "wizard" (but Gandalf was an istar), inglemo "sage", lambengolmo "loremaster of tongues" (linguist), tano "craftsman, smith", quentaro "narrator", samno "carpenter, wright, builder", tyaro "doer, actor, agent", cemnaro or centano "potter". (See the heading War and Weaponry for "warrior" and "spearman".)

FOOD: apsa "cooked food, meat", masta "bread", sva "juice", pirya "juice, syrup", ls "honey" (liss-), yv "fruit", por "flour, meal", culuma "orange", sulca "edible root", coimas "lembas", miruvr a drink poured out at festivals in Valinor (translated "mead" in Namri), limp "wine, drink of the Valar". Early material also gives sulpa "soup", pio "plum, cherry", piucca "berry" (or specifically "blackberry") and tyuru "cheese".

GEOGRAPHIC TERMS: nr "land", nri "country", arda "realm, a particular land or region", mna "region", men "place, spot", rna "border", peler "fenced field", panda "enclosure", oron "mountain" (pl. oronti), rass and tild "peak, horn", ambo "hill", cilya "cleft", nand "valley", tumbo "deep valley, under or among hills", yw "ravine, cleft, gulf", pend "slope, declivity", mall "way, street" (pl. maller), ti "path", taur "great wood, forest", ehtel "spring, issue of water", ailin "pool, lake" (also linya), ring "cold pool or lake (in mountains)", sr "river", nell "brook", hpa "haven", hresta or hyapat "shore", falass "beach", ar "sea", celma "channel", tol "island" (pl. tolli; "tolle" in LR:394 is evidently a misreading), lna "island, remote land". Directions: Formen "North", Hyarmen "South", Nmen "West", Rmen "East".

WEATHER: mist "fine rain", fanya "cloud", lumbo "(dark, lowering) cloud", sr and vaiwa "wind", r "sunlight", hs and hsi "mist", raumo "(noise of a) storm", nix "frost". Early material has lr "dark weather" and the corresponding adjective lra "dark, overcast".

CELESTIAL OBJECTS: Anar "Sun" (also called Naira and Vsa), Isil "Moon" (also called Rna), elen (poetic l) "star" (also tinw and nill, sometimes with certain specialized meanings), tingily or tingilind "twinkling star". Planets: Erendil "Venus", Carnil "Mars", Alcarinqu "Jupiter" (and more tentatively Nnar "Neptune", Luinil "Uranus" and Lumbar "Saturn"). Constellations: Telumehtar or Menelmacar "Swordsman of the Sky" = Orion, Valacirca "Sickle of the Valar" = Big Dipper (Great Bear), Wilwarin "Butterfly" = Cassiopeia (?). A few other constellations are named but are difficult to identify. General word for "sky, the heavens": menel (also hell). Cf. also fanyar "upper airs and skies".

MUSIC, POETRY, INSTRUMENTS, MUSICIANS: lindal or lindel "music", lr "song", lair "poem" (not to be confused with a homophone meaning "summer"), naini "a lament", verb lir- "sing, chant", verb nanda- "to harp", noun nand "harp" (nandell "little harp"), nandaro "harper", nyello "singer" (also lindo, but this is also used of birds), nyell "bell". Early material also has salma "lyre".

WAR AND WEAPONRY: ohta "war", verb ohtacar- "make war", verb mahta- "wield a weapon, fight", ohtar, ohtatyaro and mahtar "warrior", ehtyar "spearman", cotumo "enemy", macil "sword", lango "broad sword", ecet "small broad-bladed sword", sicil "dagger, knife", quinga "bow" (also c), pilin "arrow" (pl. pilindi), neht "spear-head", eht or ecco "spear", turma "shield", cassa or carma "helmet". Early material has hoss "army".

ARCHITECTURE: ataqu "construction, building", coa "house" (also car, card-), ampano "building, wooden hall", ando "gate" (andon "great gate"), fenda "threshold", samb "room, chamber", caimasan "bed-chamber" (pl. caimasambi), tpa "roof", talan "floor" (pl. talami), ramba "wall", mindo "(isolated) tower" (mindon "great tower"), osto "city, town with wall round", opel "walled house or village, town", hrta "dwelling underground, artifical cave or rockhewn hall", telma "the last item in a structure" (such as a coping-stone, or a topmost pinnacle).

TIME: l "a time, occasion", lm "time, hour", vanwi "the past", yr "former days", yalm "former times", aur "day" (also ar), lm "night" (but sometimes used = "twilight"; other terms for "night" include l, mr and Hui/Fui), ra "dawn", arin "morning", ari "daytime", siny "evening", tindm and undm "twilight" (near dawn and near evening, respectively), anarr "sunrise", nro or andn "sunset", asta "month", loa "year" (astronomically speaking called coranar "sun-round"), yn "long year" (Elvish "century" of 144 solar years), randa "cycle, age". Seasons: coir "stirring" (early spring), tuil *"budding" (late spring), lair "summer" (not to be confused with a word meaning "poem", see above), yvi "harvest" (early autumn), quell "fading" (late autumn), hrv "winter". For "autumn", the words lasselanta "leaf-fall" and lassewinta *"leaf-scattering" were also used. Months: Narviny "January", Nnim "February", Slim "March", Vress "April", Ltess "May", Nri "June", Cermi "July", rim "August", Yavanni "September", Nnim "October", Hsim "November", Ringar "December".

NUMBERS: min 1, atta 2, neld 3, canta 4, lemp 5, enqu 6, otso 7, tolto 8, nert 9, cainen 10, minqu 11. For 12 only the stem RSAT is given, but it is generally agreed that the Quenya word must be *rasta. Higher numbers are uncertain. The word harany, the last year in a century, may literally mean "hundredth one", pointing to *haranya as the word for "hundredth" and perhaps *haran (*harna?) as the word for "hundred". Sindarin host means "gross", 144, the first three-digit number in Elvish duodecimal counting, but the Quenya cognate hosta is simply defined as "large number".

COLOURS: carn "red", culuina "orange" (adj. only - the fruit is called culuma!), fna or fn "white" (as clouds), helwa "pale blue", laiqua "green", laura "golden", loss "snow-white" (also noun "snow"), luin "blue", malina "yellow", mor or morna "black", ninqu "white", silma "silver, shining white", sind (or sinda) "grey", varn "swart, (dark) brown". The Vanyar also used some colour-words adopted from Valarin: ezel or ezella "green", nasar "red", ulban "blue", tulca "yellow". These were apparently not in use among the Noldor.

SOME COMMON ADJECTIVES: vanya or vanima "beautiful, fair" (also linda), mra "useful, good" (of things), raica "wrong, crooked", ulca or ma "evil", halla "tall", anda "long", sinta "short", alta "great" (in size), ra "large", va "very large, abundant", titta "tiny", pitya *"small", parca "dry", mixa "wet", arca "narrow", nind "slender" (also teren), tiuca "thick, fat", lunga "heavy", liss "sweet", sra "bitter", quanta "full", lusta "empty", lauca "warm", ringa (or ring) "cold", forya "right", hyarya "left", vinya "new" (also sinya), yerna "old, worn" (of things), nessa "young", linyenwa "old" (lit. "having many years"; this word did not connote weakness, since the Elves were immortal), cuina "alive", coira "living", qualin "dead" (but firin with reference to the natural death of mortals).

SOME COMMON VERBS: car- "make, do", harya- "possess, *have", cen- "see", hlar- "hear", ista- "know" (pa.t. sint), lelya- "go" (past tense lend), mat- "eat", mer- "wish, desire, want", mta- "labour, toil", tul- "come", quet- "speak", hir- "find", anta- "give", mel- "love" (as friend), sil- "shine".

PREPOSITIONS: amba, ama "up, upwards", an "for, to", ana "to, towards" (also na), apa "after", ara "outside, beside", arta "across" (only attested in early material), arwa "having, *with" (followed by genitive), enga "save [= *except]", et "out of" (followed by ablative), hequa "except", ho "from" (the speaker's point of view being outside the thing left), imb "between", mi "in" (m "in the"), mir or minna "into", na "to, towards" (also ana), nu "under" (also no), undu "down, under, beneath", or "over", ter, ter "through", ve "as, like", yo *"with" (?). We especially miss a word for "before".

II: SELECTED SINDARIN VOCABULARY

Note: In "Noldorin", the language Tolkien revised to produce Sindarin, many words showed initial lh- and rh-, sc. unvoiced L and R. Eventually, Tolkien revised the historical phonology, and in Sindarin as we know it from LotR and later sources, most "Noldorin" words in lh-, rh- should have normal l-, r- instead. Compare for instance "Noldorin" lham "tongue" (LR:367 s.v. LAM) with mature Sindarin lam (WJ:394). "Noldorin" words listed below have been altered to conform with Tolkien's later vision of Sindarin phonology, and lh-, rh- are retained only where these sounds have a rightful place in mature Sindarin (e.g. in rhaw "flesh").

PEOPLE: Edhel "Elf" (older Eledh), Adan "(Mortal) Man" (pl. Edain - but this term came to be primarily associated with Men of the Three Houses), Freb "Mortal", Nogoth "Dwarf" (also Norn, but the people as a whole was usually called Naugrim), Nibin-naug "Petty-dwarf", Orch "Orc". General terms (presumably) applicable to all races: benn "man" (properly "husband", but the word acquired a general sense and replaced earlier dr), bess "woman" (properly "wife", similarly replacing earlier d), dess "young woman", hn "child", laes "babe", gwenn "maiden, girl". The term for a "people" (an ethnic group) is gwaith, but with reference to less civilized groups (such as Orcs and most non-Edain Men), the Sindar rather used the word hoth "horde".

THE FAMILY: herven "husband", herves "wife" (also bess, but this also acquired the general sense "woman"), ds "bride", adar "father" (ada = *"dad"?), naneth "mother" (nana = *"mom"), in or ionn "son", sell (and iell) "daughter", muindor "brother" (also poetical tr), muinthel "sister" (also thl), gwanunig "twin" (gwann "pair of twins"; PM:365 also gives a pl. gwenyn "twins"). Besides the words for "brother" listed above, there is also gwador "sworn brother, associate" (the fem. form would seem to be gwathel, glossed "sister, associate"). General term gwanur "kins(wo)man, *relative". Cf. also herth "household" (also meaning "troop").

ANIMALS: General word lavan (not used of insects or reptiles), annabon "elephant", aras "deer", brg "bear" (also called megli = "honey-eater"), cabor "frog", draug or garaf "wolf" (gaur "werewolf"), gwilwileth "butterfly", half "seashell" (not a plant!), h "dog", lyg "snake", lim "fish", lhg "worm, dragon" (also longer amlug; cf. also limlug "sea-serpent"), maew "gull" (also pl. my^l "gulls", sg. not attested), nr "rat", raw "lion", ry^n "hound of chase", roch "horse". Birds: aew or fileg "(small) bird", alph "swan" (pl. eilph), corch "crow" (also *craban, pl. crebain in LotR1/II ch. 3), cugu "dove", emlin a yellow bird or "yellow hammer", heledir "kingfisher", dlin "nightingale" (archaic kenning tinviel), tavor "woodpecker", thoron "eagle", tuilinn "swallow".

PLANTS: salch "grass" (thr "stiff grass"), salab "herb", uil "sea-weed", lass "leaf", golf "branch", loth "flower", gwaloth "blossom, collection of flowers", ereg or g "thorn", aeglos 'snowthorn', a plant like furze (gorse), but larger and with white flowers, alfirin some (white?) flower also known as uilos (called simbelmyn or "Evermind" in Old English representing Rohirric; alfirin and uilos mean "immortal" and "everwhite"), athelas "kingsfoil", elanor 'sun-star' (a flower), niphredil "snowdrop", seregon "stonecrop", hwand "sponge, fungus". Trees: galadh "tree" (another word, orn, had fallen out of common use but survived in poetry and as part of many names), toss "low-growing tree" (such as maple, hawthorn, blackthorn, holly etc.), brethil "beech-tree", doron "oak", ereg or eregdos "holly-tree", lalwen or lalorn "elm-tree", mallorn 'yellow-tree', mallorn, tathar "willow", thaun (thn) "pine", tulus "poplar-tree".

METALS, SUBSTANCES, ELEMENTS: tinc or raud "metal", malt (and glaur) "gold", celeb "silver", ang "iron", cef "earth, soil", nen "water", naur "flame, fire", gwelw "air", sarn "stone" (as material), gloss "snow", heleg "ice", lith "sand", ast "dust", rhaw "flesh", sereg or ir "blood", hele "glass", taw "wool", falf "foam".

BODY-PARTS: dl or dol "head", hen "eye" (cf. Amon Hen "Hill of the Eye" in LotR - the Etymologies gives hn with a long vowel, but elsewhere, hn is glossed "child"), nf "face" (also thr), laws "hair", fn "a single hair", finn "a tress", lhewig "ear" (lhaw "pair of ears"), nem "nose", nl or neleg "tooth", lam or lam "tongue", fang "beard", iaeth "neck", lanc "throat", hn "heart", ranc "arm", cam "hand" (camland "palm of hand"), paur "fist", lebed "finger", tl "foot" (but an animal foot is called pd), tellen "sole of foot".

SOME TITLES AND PROFESSIONS: aran "king", rs "queen" (cf. also rien, rn "crowned lady"), cunn "prince", hr "lord, master" (another word for "lord" is brannon), hiril "lady" (also brennil, the fem. counterpart of masc. brannon just like hiril corresponds to masc. hr), arphen "a noble", ithron (or curunir) "wizard", condir "mayor", rochben "knight", ceredir "doer, maker", thavron "carpenter, wright, builder", orodben "mountaineer", pethron "narrator", cennan "potter".

FOOD: aes "cooked foot, meat", bast "bread", saw "juice", peich "juice, syrup", gl "honey", iau "corn", solch "edible root", miruvor the cordial of Imladris (evidently named after - but hardly the same as - Quenya miruvr), cram cake of compressed flour or meal (often containing honey or milk) used on a long journey, lembas the way-bread of the Elves.

GEOGRAPHIC TERMS: dr (dor) "land", gardh "realm, a more or less bounded or defined place, a region" (so in WJ:402; the Etymologies has ardh), sad "place, spot", rain "border", parth "field", pel "fenced field" (pl. peli), orod "mountain" (pl. ered or eryd), till and rass "horn", amon "hill" (pl. emyn), tunn "hill, mound", dol or dl "hill, head", penn "declivity", ambenn "uphill", dadbenn "downhill", talad "an incline, slope", cl "cleft", ris or ress "ravine", iau "ravine, cleft, gulf" (this word also means "corn", see above), talf "flat field", nan "valley" (but nann "wide grassland"), tum "deep valley, under or among hills", athrad "ford, crossing", eryn "wood", taur "huge forest", men "road", ael "pool, lake" (pl. aelin), ln "pool", eithel "spring, issue of water", habad "shore", sr "river" (in some names also duin: Anduin, Baranduin, Esgalduin), hb or hobas "haven" (also cirban), gaear (or gaer) "sea", toll "island". Directions: Forod "North", Harad "South", Annn "West", Amrn "East". For "East" and "West", the words rhn and dn are also used (cf. Dnedain "Westmen").

WEATHER: gwaew "wind", alagos "storm of wind", hth "grey mist", mith "white fog, wet mist", faun "cloud", glawar "sunlight", ross "rain", verb eil "it is raining" (read probably ail in LotR-style Sindarin).

CELESTIAL OBJECTS: Anor "Sun", Ithil "Moon" (also called Rn), cran "crescent moon", gil "star" (also tim, tinw "spark, small star"), poetic l "star" (pl. elin), elenath "starry host, all the stars of heaven". Borgil name of a red star, perhaps Betelgeuse or Algol. Constellations: Menelvagor = Orion, Cerch iMbelain (Quenya Valacirca) "Sickle of the Valar" = Big Dipper, Remmirath = Pleiades (???). General word for "sky, the heavens": menel (taken from Quenya).

MUSIC, POETRY, INSTRUMENTS, MUSICIANS: glinn "song, tune", glr "song, poem, lay", glaer "lay, narrative poem", narn "tale" (in verse, but to be spoken rather than sung), verb *gliri- "to sing" (misreading "glin" in LR:359), verb gannado or ganno "to play a harp", noun gannel "harp", talagand "harper", verb nella- "sound bells", nell "bell". A few modes of verse are named in the corpus, ann-thennath and minlamad thent/estent, but we don't know precisely what is meant.

WAR AND WEAPONRY: auth "war", verb dagro- "to battle, make war", verb maetha- "to fight", verb degi- "to slay" (past tense perhaps *danc), dangen "slain" (as noun), maethor "warrior", herth "troop" (also used for "household"), gweth "troop of ablebodied men, host, regiment", coth "enemy, enmity", dagor "battle" (but a fight between two or a few is called a maeth), hl "cry of encouragement in battle", megil or magol "sword", lang "cutlass, sword", crist "cleaver, sword", hathel "broadsword-blade", sigil "dagger, knife", grond "club", c and peng "bow", ech "spear", naith or aith "spearpoint", thl "helmet".

ARCHITECTURE: adab "building, house" (pl. edeb), car or cardh "house", henneth "window", annon "great gate", fenn "threshold", thm "hall", thamas "great hall", panas or talaf "floor", ram "wall", tobas "roofing", telu "dome, high roof", rond "vaulted or arched roof, or a large hall or chamber so roofed", barad, minas and mindon "tower", ost "city, town with wall round, fortress", gobel "walled house or village, town", caras "city built above ground", othlon "paved way", ostrad "street" (in Minas Tirith also rath, see UT:255).

TIME: l "a time, occasion", erin "day", arad "daytime, a day", daw "nighttime, gloom" (fuin "dead of night"), amrn "sunrise" (also used = "Orient, East"), aur "day, morning", thin (poetic word) "evening", d "nightfall, late evening", tinnu "starry twilight, early night", idhrin "year", anrand "cycle, age". Seasons: echuir "stirring" (early spring), ethuil *"budding" (late spring), laer "summer", iavas "harvest" (early autumn), firith "fading" (late autumn), rhw "winter". For "autumn", the word narbeleth "sun-waning" is also used; this word is also used with reference to the month of October. Full list of months: Narwain "January", Nnui "February", Gwaeron "March", Gwirith "April", Lothron "May", Nrui "June", Cerveth "July", Urui "August", Ivanneth "September", Narbeleth "October", Hithui "November", Girithron "December".

NUMBERS: min 1, tad or td 2, neled 3 (originally neledh), canad 4, leben 5, eneg 6, odo or odog 7, toloth 8, neder 9, caer 10. For 11 and 12 we have the primitive stems MINIK-W- and RSAT , but the Sindarin words are not given; "eleven" may be *minib or possibly *minig (Quenya minqu, cf. eneg = enqu). A "gross", 144, the first three-digit number in Elvish duodecimal counting, is in Sindarin called a host.

COLOURS: baran "swart, (dark) brown" (cf. the river Baranduin), calen "green" (also laeg), caran "red" (also coll and narw/naru), crann "ruddy", donn "swart, swarty", fein "white" (as clouds; read perhaps fain in LotR-style Sindarin), gaer "copper-coloured", elw "pale blue", *gln "white" (only lenited 'ln is attested), gloss "snow-white" (also noun "snow"), luin"blue", malen "yellow", mithren "grey", morn "dark, black" (misreading "moru" in LR:374), nim "white, pale", rhosc "brown", thinn "grey".

SOME COMMON ADJECTIVES: bein "beautiful, fair", mell "dear", maer "useful, good" (of things), um "evil", *faeg "mean, bad", *raeg "wrong" (updated from "Noldorin" foeg, rhoeg in LR:387, 383), orchal "tall, superior", ann "long", thent "short", beleg "great", r "wide", daer "big, great", tithen and pigen "tiny", parch "dry", mesc "wet", ninn "slender", tg "thick, fat", long "heavy", pant "full", lost "empty" (also caun), laug "warm", ring "cold", feir "right", heir "left", taer "straight", raen "crooked", sein "new", brn "old" (but not changed or worn out), gern "old, worn" (of things), neth "young", iaur "old, ancient" (of things or persons), ingem "old" (lit. "year-sick", suffering from old age; this word was coined after the Elves met Mortal Men), cuin "alive", gwann "departed, dead". (Note: In LotR-style Sindarin we should perhaps read ai for ei in the adjectives bein, feir, heir, sein.)

SOME COMMON VERBS: car- "make, do" (pa.t. agor), gar- "hold, have", tiri- "watch", ?glenna- "go" (anglenna- "approach"), medi "to eat", mudo- "labour, toil", teli- "come" (present tense tl, tl), ped- "speak", anno- "give".

PREPOSITIONS: adel "behind, in rear of", am "up", an "for, to", ab "after" (only attested as prefix), ath- prefix "across, on both sides", athan "beyond", dad "down", dan *"against", o "from, of" (uin "from the"), im "between", na "to, with, by", nef "on this side of", no "under" (nui "under the"), or "above", tri "through". We miss words for "in" and "before". A word ned occurring in Sauron Defeated (p. 131, in Tengwar writing) has been used by some for "in".

This information compiled By Da Wyverns Lair


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