The Tolkien Language List
Welcome to the home page of the Tolkien Language List, otherwise known
The TolkLang list has not operated for many years. This page remains
to give access to the past messages.
What is TolkLang? It is a mailing list whose purpose is discussions of the linguistic aspects of
J.R.R. Tolkien's works. This covers everything from Elvish
vocabulary and grammar to his use of Old English. The list is
Miscellaneous useful things
Here are some of the items in the archive:
The individual messages sent out on TolkLang are not currently formatted
in a manner suitable for Web browsing, but you can find them
here. Note: in order to prevent spammers
harvesting the messages, they are protected by password authentication.
The username is tolk, and the password is lang.
You can also find previous messages packed into gzipped tar files,
one file per volume, in the directory Packed.
Unfortunately, the archive does not currently have a search
page. However, Harri Perälä
provides a combined
search service for TolkLang and other lists..
The Elfling and Lambengolmor mirrors
Elfling, run by David Salo, was a very active list in the late 1990s and 2000s, but now
appears to be defunct.
was/is run by Carl Hostetter, though it appears defunct at present. This site holds
mirrors of these lists up to about 2012.
A collection of fairly substantial articles on Tolkienian linguistics
can be viewed here.
A collection of poems in Elvish that have been submitted to TolkLang.
This collection was maintained by Anthony Appleyard.
A similar collection of prose in Elvish.
Other Web pages of interest
- Recommended for beginners (and others): Helge
Fauskanger, with some help from others, has produced the
most comprehensive description of languages of Middle-earth
available on the Web; come to that, it's more comprehensive
than any of the paper resources in my collection. The only
disadvantage is the truly horrible misuse of colours, which
can make it hard to read, and results in invisible words on
monochrome screens. However, anybody with any questions
about anything to do with Tolkienian linguistics should
investigate this site first.
- The Elvish
Linguistic Fellowship, including Vinyar
Tengwar, and Parma
- The home
page of the Mellonath Daeron, the linguistic guild of the Stockholm
- The home page of the Tolkien Society
- The page for the Oxford Tolkien Society, Taruithorn.
tolklang-request (at) quettar.org