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The Tolkien Language List

Welcome to the home page of the Tolkien Language List, otherwise known as TolkLang.

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 (lightly) moderated. TolkLang may be received normally, or as a weekly digest. To subscribe, send a message containing the line (in Subject OR message-body)
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Miscellaneous useful things

Here are some of the items in the archive:

TolkLang messages

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.

You can also search the message archive. (If you dislike frames, then here is a frameless search page.)

If you'd like to get an idea of what we do, you can look at the last issue of the weekly digest.

The Elfling and Lambengolmor mirrors

Elfling and Lambengolmor are other lists on Tolkienian linguistics. This site holds mirrors of the these lists, mainly so that they can be searched (from the search link above).

Longer articles

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 is maintained by Anthony Appleyard.


A similar collection of prose in Elvish.

Temporary documents

The archives are also used to store temporary documents associated with postings to the list.

Other Web pages of interest

Julian Bradfield
tolklang-request (at)