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The history of Middle-Earth (chibi version): Part 53: Starchildren

5th August 2013 (09:42)

Oromë's words in Elvish in the last panel here are quite possibly the earliest surviving Elvish sentence Tolkien ever wrote. It's not precisely how fully-developed Quenya from his later works would have worded it - that would be "Utúlieltë! Utúlieltë! Eldar utúlier!" - but it's recognisable. Presumably Oromë is speaking the original ur-language of the Elves of Cuiviénen here, rather than the Quenya dialect of those Elves who reached Valinor.

Part 53: Starchildren

Next time: Part 54: For the children

Chibis by tektek.org
Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!


Posted by: (bumbleball)
Posted at: 5th August 2013 15:28 (UTC)

Cheer up, Three-ette. Most peoples don't get to choose their own names. (Well, if it's an offensive name, we can complain about it, but that's all!)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 6th August 2013 11:16 (UTC)
Re: Names

But like she says, it's the principle. She probably is the sort of person to pick her own name, actually... :)

Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 5th August 2013 21:36 (UTC)

I honestly cannot imagine that horse doing anything "like the wind"...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 6th August 2013 11:19 (UTC)

I see that as a challenge for future comics. :)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 5th August 2013 23:13 (UTC)

The toot heard round the world. (Or across the world would be more accurate, I guess.)

I guess the Valar automatically understand all languages?

I figure Oromë is speaking the Quenya equivalent of Old English.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 6th August 2013 11:23 (UTC)

My thought is that the Valar, being essentially angels, can understand the meaning behind a person's words even if they don't speak the language itself. But to physically speak the language, they'd need to learn it like a mortal would - except doubtless faster and with greater proficiency. So Orome learned to speak Old Quenya during his stay with the Elves in Cuivienen.

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