Tolkien and the Secret Story of the Elvish Language

Cate Blanchett, Elf Queen

Many are familiar with Norse myth elements in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” series. “The Hobbit,” the most recent in the film series, is now in theaters, and as with the other LOTR films, features Elvish, a language created by Tolkien, who was an accomplished linguist in addition to being an author.

My friend Kari Turi, who is of Sàmi heritage and happens to speak both Finnish and Welsh, was astounded when, on viewing the films, he understood the Elvish. What a thrill that must have been!

Listen to Elvish being spoken by Tolkien himself and find your name in Elvish here. (Mine is Nienna Carnesîr.)

Have you seen the movies or read the books? Do you know of other Sàmi connections?

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