The Tolkien Challenge!

March 2, 2010

The Fellowship of the Ring: Part Three

Reading from 2/28/10

Edit: I almost forgot! Happy Birthday Aragorn!!!!

Pages Read: 284-304

Chapters Read: The rest of ‘The Council of Elrond’ (Long chapter!) (Chapter 2 of Book 2)

Books Read: The Hobbit

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Two Towers

The Return of the King

Favorite Quote: ‘No indeed!’ said Elrond, turning toward him with a smile,’ You shall at least go with him. It is hardly possible to separate you from him even when he is summoned to a secret council and you are not.’

Why I liked it: This line just made me smile. Gotta love Frodo and Sam Bromance. :] I don’t want to start any kind of shipping wars, but I think that it’s bromance. not yaoi/slash/whatever else you want to call it. Not that I have anything against it, I just don’t view them like that.


Today I went over my worksheet from and it was mainly an introduction to Sindarian (That’s the version I’m learning first). They explained what Sindarian was, how it came to be created by Tolkien, and how it came to be in the books. I thought it was pretty interesting and informative! But anyway, the next worksheet was there to explain pronounciation. I’ll list off what I remember of pronounciation:


C- makes a hard ‘K’ sound not the soft ‘S’ sound (like the ‘c’ in cool, not the ‘c’ in celery)

F- makes a regular ‘f’ sound in front unless at the end of a word, then makes a ‘v’ sound. (usually is ‘f” like father, at the end it’s like the ‘f’ in of)

DH- makes a ‘th’ sound like in ‘then’

CH- makes the sound like in ‘Loch Ness Monster’

HW- The ‘w’ is silent

RH- the ‘r’ is silent

LH- silent L

H- regular ‘h sound like in ‘house’, ‘hope’, etc.

G- hard ‘g’ like in ‘go’.

Ph- makes an F sound like in ‘physics’.

V- regular ‘v’ like in ‘voice’

L- regular ‘l’ sound like in ‘love’

S- always like the ‘s’ in ‘sit’ but never like the one in ‘as’

NG- in the middle or end of a word sounds like ‘sing’. At the beginning of the word, the ‘g’ is silent’.

R- always trilled/rolled.


A- like the ‘a’ in ‘father’.

E- like the ‘e’ in ‘mess’.

I- like the ‘i’ in sick, unless there’s an accent over it, or it’s in front of another vowel, then it’s an ‘ee’ sound.

O- like the ‘o’ in ‘hot’.

U- like the ‘u’ in ‘put’

Y (this one is weird)- “Makes a ‘u’ sound like in the French word lune” (’s wording. I had to look it up. >_<)

Ok, now on to the diphthongs and exceptions! Yippee!

ER- pronounced air

IR- pronounced like ear

UR- sounds like poor.

AI- sounds like ‘my’

EI- ‘a’ sound like ‘may

UI (also kind of hard to explain)- “pronounced like the UI in English “pursuing”, but with “one sound”.” (

AU or AW- pronounced like ‘loud’, not ‘paw’.

OE- sounds like ‘boy’ or ‘toy’

AE- sounds like the ‘ye’ in ‘rye’

Other important information I remember is the stressing:

In two-syllable words, the stress falls on the first syllable.

In longer words, it falls on the second to last syllable only if the second to last syllable contains a long vowel, diphthong, or a vowel followed by 2+ consonants.

Also in longer words, if the vowel is short with only one or no consonant, it falls on the third from last.

*whew* that was long! Alright, to those following along with me, it’s a lot to take in. But tho those who have spoken Sindarian before, does this all sound about right to you? :] Let me know! I would love to hear your comments! *hint hint*

Until tomorrow then!


P.S- For your entertainment, here’s a link to the youtube video of ‘The Cat and the Moon” from LOTR the musical! Awesome song sung by the hobbits for those who don’t know. Makes me smile every time I hear it! Even on a Monday like today! ;]

P.P.S- Also don’t forget to help socialvibe give to Yele Haiti and replant trees there after the earthquake! The wood elves will love you forecer! ;]


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