Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

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  1. bergamot

    bergamot said, over 6 years ago

    I didn’t know the Mirkwood Elves had their own language .

  2. TheDOCTOR....

    TheDOCTOR.... said, over 6 years ago

    Try finding that w/Bing Translator.

  3. TeresaDawn

    TeresaDawn said, over 6 years ago

    @bergamot The Mirkwood Elves spoke a language called Silvan. Although it is not the only Elvish language Tolkien wrote (yes he wrote multiple languages even before he wrote the books of the Lord of the Rings, he actually wanted to write the entire book in his language but the publishers wouldn’t allow it haha), it is also not limited only to the elves of Mirkwood, it was also spoken in Lorien (which is why Legolas had no trouble communicating with those in Lothlorien :p)

    And now in my defense I’m only a partial LOTR geek… I may know a TON… but there are people who actually study the languages in university and can SPEAK Elvish :p

    Ah who am I kidding? If I had the time and money I’d take it on too :p

  4. darky324

    darky324 said, over 6 years ago

    10 bucks the book report was on the Silmarillion.

  5. rayannina

    rayannina said, over 6 years ago

    You have to work with your audience, Deano.

  6. girl_geek

    girl_geek said, over 6 years ago

    Yep, I’m guessing Mark thought more readers would get a reference to “Mirkwood Elves” than to “Silvan” :) Yes, I’m a LOTR geek too … though like Teresa I don’t speak the Elvish languages either ;)

  7. joefish25

    joefish25 said, over 6 years ago

    TeresaDawn…. I went to New Zealand just to see some of the settings for LOTR. you are not alone


  8. ninmas

    ninmas said, over 6 years ago

    yesterday i wrote up an elvish language of my own.

  9. runar

    runar said, over 6 years ago

    In high school, I used to keep all my class notes in the Tengwar orthography. There was one guy who was a real jerk - never paid attention and kept trying to sponge off other people’s noted. One day he asked me. He took one look at the notes and said, “I can’t read this.” My reply: “That’s your problem”.

    P.S.: I thought the language the Mirkwood elves spoke was Sindarin, not Sylvan. (Tolkien posited an original proto-Elvish language, then derived Quenya (“high” Elvish) according to Finnish phonology and grammar and Sindarin (“low” Elvish) along Welsh lines). Not so much a LotR geek, but a linguist by training and trade.

  10. bluetopazcrystal

    bluetopazcrystal said, over 6 years ago

    My daughter and her friends actually learned Klingon. Weird, yet fascinating they are Trekies. .

  11. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    Bad teacher! If she recognizes that it IS in fact written in the language of the Mirkwood Elves, give Dean an extra day to translate it back into English, grade that, and then raise the grade a point for his creative initiative. It might still be a very good report.

  12. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    Only true Trekkies use the word “Trekkers”. The surest sign that someone’s a Trekkie is if he (or she) corrects you on the term. :-)

    I understand that Dr. Who fans call themselves “Whats”, but to me they’re a bunch of Whoies…

    I’ve never known of an equivalent pejorative term for superhero-comic fanboy geeks besides “fanboy geeks”, but if one exists, I’ll cop to having been one in my younger days.

  13. notbugme

    notbugme said, over 6 years ago

    Your understanding is wrong, Fritzoid. Although not a particular fan of the Doctor, I do know that those who are call themselves “Whovians.”

  14. runar

    runar said, over 6 years ago

    I think the hardcore Doctor Who fans call themselves “Whovians”.

  15. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 6 years ago

    I could be misremembering, or it could be that the terminology has changed since my exposure to them. This was about 30 years ago, at or near the end of the Tom Baker incarnation.

    I went to a ComicCon in Chicago, which ran concurrently with a Dr. Who minicon. My friends and I were tripping over their dam’ scarves wherever we turned, and their panels always seemed to run overtime, delaying more important discussions about the Death of Jean Grey and such. I’d enjoyed the Who episodes I’d seen before that fateful weekend, but I’ve never watched another…

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