Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon

by Paul Strack — v0.5.9 — generated on December 9, 2017 6:21:30 PM PST

This collection of documents is a lexicon of Tolkien’s invented languages, particularly his Elvish languages, which are the most detailed. The collection is called a “lexicon” because it is not a dictionary in the traditional sense; it also analyzes the relationships between the languages and their development both within Tolkien’s fictional history and conceptual changes through Tolkien’s lifetime. The title “Eldamo” superficially resembles an Elvish word, but it is actually is an abbreviation for Elvish Data Model, since its content is derived from an XML data model describing Tolkien’s languages and their relationships.

Readers new to the Elvish languages might want to look first at the Getting Started document. More experienced readers may want to start with the discussion of the Motivations and Methodology for this lexicon. Everyone is invited to look at the Language Index, particularly the sections on Quenya and Sindarin. Information about the source material used to compile this lexicon can be found in the References Index.

The material in this lexicon, including its XML data model, can be used freely in accordance with the Creative Commons (Attribution) License, which basically allows you to do whatever you want with it provided you credit my work. However, these documents are based on the copyrighted materials of other authors, most notably those owned by the Tolkien Estate, and nothing in these documents should be considered a challenge to or indemnification against those copyrights.

As it stands, this lexicon is currently in an early draft or “alpha” state. It includes most of the words from the major vocabulary lists of Tolkien’s languages: The Etymologies, the Gnomish and Qenya Lexicons, “Words, Phrases and Passages from The Lord of the Rings (PE17) as well as The Lord of the Rings itself. However, there is a great deal of published material not yet included in the data model, and the material within the lexicon has only undergone minimal review for errors. As such, I have barely begun the work of analyzing and comparing the various word forms, and any conclusions in the current version of the lexicon must be considered preliminary.


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