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Friendship … in Quenya

Friendship in Quenya

NEW sentence translated into Quenya!

(Requested by Samantha Whitfield and answered in 174 MINUTES with HUGE Tengwar fonts perfect for tattoos through Max Tattoo 360) Continue reading

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Dear Diary…today I gave gifts to all Middle-Earth, RINGS!

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Date: II 2204
My mood is: Crafty

Annatar, Lord of Gifts, is back in business, and business is good. I have distributed all 16 of my Rings of Power, and now I’m just waiting for the payoff.

The Dwarves were the easiest to trick — no surprise there, anything created by Aulë is going to be dumb as a post, just like its creator. All I had to do was hint to my Dwarven contacts that some magic rings were available, and the poor stupid bastards came to me.

First I got a delegation from Khazad-dûm, demanding magic rings from me — their king, Durin the Umpteenth, claimed that the rings were made with Moria-gold, and so were rightfully his. So I pretended for a while I didn’t want to give up any rings, and then “caved” to the pressure. The Khazad-dûm Dwarves got three rings, and then I gave another two to the Dwarves of Belegost and another two to Nogrod. Anyway, as long as these stumpy morons take care of their rings (and don’t let them get eaten by dragons), I will soon rule the Dwarven race!

Men have been more difficult to ensnare, as any King of Men with the power and intelligence to be worth ensaring tends to have friends amongst the accursed Elves and their Númenórean allies. But I have managed to find nine who will make useful servants — three of them are Númenórean Sea-Kings, so-called “Black Númenóreans,” whose fear of death led them to accept my rings; and one was even a woman. The first to accept a ring, El-Murazor, is now over 500 years old, and just beginning to feel “thin” and “stretched.” He can’t see it, but he’s beginning to get permanently transparent — within 50 years he’ll be a full-blown wraith. Then he’s all mine.

And when I have total control over nine Kings of Men and seven Kings of the Dwarves, the Elves will have lost all their allies in Middle-Earth. Then all I have to worry about is the damned Númenóreans, and I have a few ideas on that front. Yes, I do.

Bwa ha ha. BWA HA HA. BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

Well, dinner is ready, gotta go. Later tonight I’m gonna spend a few hours polishing  my Ring — it’s precious to me, and I like to spend time with it. No, that’s not weird. It’s mine, my own… my precious.

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Mordor Financial Controller comments: “Did you get receipts for those rings? We can write them off as marketing expense.”

Ghost of one of your orcs says: “Well, things finally seem sorted out. I mean, what are the chances that a dragon could get into a dwarven city? I mean, a giant flying lizard going underground? Those rings are safe.”

Ashi points out: “Gift-giving is good Karma, I see this paying off in the end.”

Taken from the excellent spirited Sauron’s Blog! Creative derivative stuff with a pinch of humor and it adds flavor for those who enjoy the bad guys too! Check:  http://www.sauronsblog.com/

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Khuzdûl….or “Quasi-Khuzdûl”

The Hobbit is coming and with it, comes along a whole bunch of Dwarves! Some look friendly, some look chubby, some look stern, but one thing they have in common is: THE LANGUAGE! Yes, boys and girls, for the first time, let’s not talk about an elvish language, but the dwarvish one, Khuzdûl!

Khuzdûl is the secret tongue of the Dwarves which they speak only among themselves and never teach anybody else. (I say….booooringggg). Tolkien developed very few material about it and there are around 50 attested words of Khuzdul, too limited to even try to speak it, unfortunately!

Some news on the net talk about David Salo helping out with Khuzdûl so we may listen that exotic language on the big screen. But HOW? How can that be when there’s no material to use?

Khuzdûl is based mostly on semitic languages like Hebrew, and Salo as a good linguist he is, follows this path, taking care of inventing structures and/or words that feel like real Khuzdûl as it should be.

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But he’s not the first one to do that! If you are eager to speak like a Dwarf, there is some material available, made by fans, with a pretty consistent Khuzdûl grammar and extended vocabulary. Just like Black Speech here, perhaps it’s quite possible to release the Dwarf that’s inside of you!

Behold :

Quasi-Khuzdul!

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This site is neat! Visually is pretty simple, but the info there is organized, consistent, well thought and analyzed. I wish I could get in contact with the creator(s), but they leave no contact info nor any names there. It’s almost like an anonymous site!

There you can study everything your inner Dwarf hungers! Consonants, vowels, phonetics, verbs, grammar,….BUT never forget: That’s not Tolkien’s. It’s a derivative work based upon Tolkien’s. Even though, I compliment the site because it’s very well based and executed!

As an appetizer, check this chart involving consonants and their analysis:

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