Creating myth through language: an examination of the constructed languages of Middle Earth, their influences and their expanding use in the primary world

Student, A. (2016) Creating myth through language: an examination of the constructed languages of Middle Earth, their influences and their expanding use in the primary world. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

There have been several books and online articles and courses published on Tolkien’s
invented languages as used in Middle Earth. This study aims to show which real languages
Tolkien borrowed from, or adapted elements from in order to specifically construct the Elvish
languages of Quenya and Sindarin and how this informed the overall myth. The names of the
characters will also be examined, along with the geography of Middle Earth and how these
languages have leaked into the ‘primary world’.

This is a relatively short study for such a vast amount of source material, but aims to provide
the reader with an insight into the methods used by Tolkien in the constructing of these
languages, along with demonstrating Tolkien’s logic and vast linguistic knowledge as a
philologist

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Departments > English and Creative Writing
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2016 15:27
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2016 15:27
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2080

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