Comments by Ciryaquen Maiwendil
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Making up words Tolkien never gave information about in Quenya?
Hi everyone, Almost since I started learning Quenya a while ago I began wondering: what if Tolkien didn't create any stem or wrote nothing concerning a concept or word I need? (Of course I'm still completely amazed on such enormous amount of word stems Tolkien created himself, but sometimes there are words missing, fact I totally understand). At first, the answer seemed quite easy: "I'll make them up by myself" I thought. Although, I quite don't know how to make up new words in any of Tolkien's languages is seen by the community, so, concerned about that, I'll give an example: Ashes. Seriously, I spent almost an hour surfing on the Internet in order to be sure that Tolkien never created such stem and found nothing. So I created my own word stem: hrú (according to Quenya's phonology, it would be pronounced as /ˈɹ̠̊˔uː/). It's that allowed? I mean, as far as I know Tolkien did never created a stem for "ashes". This is a quite unobvious example, though. Neologisms are quite more common regarding post-Tolkien vocabulary (for instance, I personally wouldn't agree to use "palantír" for "TV" (I know it sounds weird but I've read things like that in other webpages) since they don't even resemble the same function or use). Well, I think I have extended this topic a lot so thanks for reading. Maiwendil