A somewhat playful look at Tolkien’s invented languages, deducing some of the rules for evolution from Proto-Eldarian to Quenya then Sindarin and offering possible derivations for a number of hobbit words and names. Donahue’s conclusion is that Tolkien’s inventive sense was “puckish” and sprang from “a penchant for drollery.” Followed by Comments by Paul Nolan Hyde rebutting a number of Donahue’s points, a Reply by Donahue, and a Rejoinder by Hyde.
Donahue, Thomas S.
"A Linguist Looks at Tolkien's Elvish,"
Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: Vol. 10
, Article 8.
Available at: https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/vol10/iss3/8
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