Mae Govannen! Alatúlë!
Welcome to the Forum of I Párendili
, the Lovers of Learning
This is a place where those who wish to learn and use Tolkien's Elven Tongues along with those who already do so, will find friendship, encouragement, and the opportunity to share their explorations and their work.
If you click on either of the pieces of tengwar on the Opening Page
you will be able to read Paul Frank's poem I Párendili
(in English, & Quenya or Sindarin) which expresses well the ethos of this group.
Among the Párendili you will find some with years of experience, and others who are complete beginners, but we are all united in our love for Tolkien's wonderful legendarium, and our desire to extend companionship, help and encouragement to each other as we learn.
You will also find that some of us concentrate on translating
Tolkien's work and other writings; others prefer to produce original creations
; while yet others find their deepest pleasure in technical linguistic study
and rarely produce stories or poems. Some have the gift of beautiful calligraphy
and turn others' works into tengwar; some of us are happy to create and use Neo-Quenya
, while others prefer to avoid this. That is no problem here. We do not fall out over these preferences, but accept each other as we are and avoid anything in the way of personal comments.
Should it be necessary the forum will be very lightly moderated, thus facilitating its friendly ethos without hindering rigorous discussion.
Here you will be able to read compositions
in Quenya, Sindarin, in English and indeed in other languages which are members' mother tongues. Our hope is that all of these might inspire more writing in Elven Tongues, or other forms of creativity. Practice Exercises
are being created for those who are working through one of the Language Courses available on the internet, or in book form, and who would like to consolidate what they have been learning with some revision and extension of their vocabulary. None of us are infallible. There are bound to be mistakes. Please help us by pointing them out courteously.
There are also sections in which you will find audios, videos, music,
. We aim to share as much creativity as possible. In the words of the Professor himself, giving "scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama."
or in these days of the 21st Century, all the modern media!
Six times a year a theme will be suggested as a focus for some creative work. It might be a character, a place, or an event from Tolkien's Legendarium. Of course there is absolutely no expectation that everyone (or even perhaps, anyone!) will work on it, but sometimes the suggestion of a theme can break through a "creative block" and get things moving again.
We cannot emphasise enough that there is no question that is too simple for this forum
, nor any discussion of the finer linguistic technicalities too hard (though we do not guarantee to have all or even any answers for the latter!!). Whatever your problem or puzzlement, it will be dealt with courteously here – all of us were beginners once!
Whether you become a regular user of our forum or drop in now and then through the years, you are most welcome. Once you have been registered as a member please put something about yourself in the Introductions section ... [Read full article]