John Ronald Reuel Tolkien - the creator of Middle-earth and a devoted
linguist... Let us dedicate this month's topic to the thing that stood at the
cradle of this wonderful fantasy world - Languages. Indeed it was Tolkien's love
for languages and their construction that compelled him to create an entire
world where these languages would be alive - because a language without history
is just a collection of words and grammar rules.
That is not the case of Middle-earth though, and we are thankful to Tolkien that
he didn't only create Quenya and Sindarin, but also the mighty and beautiful
Elves whose voices rise to the stars as they sing in a nightly forest, that with
Adunaic he created the Men of Numenor, the Sea-kings whose glory was as high as
the depth of their fall and with Khuzdul the Dwarves who create wonderful things
in their halls deep under the mountains while the deep song of their voices
sounds with their hammers. And the list goes on: there is Valarin, the language
of the Powers residing in Aman, the speech of Rohirrim, based on old
Anglo-Saxon, the Black Speech that sounds through Mordor, Entish, where only
what is worth a long speech is said, and of course Westron, the Common speech..
There is a saying in Slovak "how many languages you know, so many times you are
a person". Learning languages is as important in Middle-earth as in our world,
especially for travellers, like Aragorn was, and for every educated person in
general. You can write/draw a picture about Aragorn or Legolas learning a new
language, or, in the contrary, having trouble because they don't know the
language of some poeple they meet. Put them into a situation where they language
skills are tested, maybe even save their life. Just write your story in English,
please, because not all of us are fluent in Quenya or Khuzdul ;)
The deadline for this challenge is June 25th.
For writers: send your stories to <teitho.contest@...>. As usually, the
contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicaly until the results
of the challenge are announced.
For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of Arda-Inspired
at deviantArt: <http://arda-inspired.deviantart.com>. The picture should be new,
drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the
contest in the artist's comments.
Happy writing and drawing!
nautika, StarLight, and Mirach