Sindarin Grammar P53: Adverbs Paul Strack Fri, 09/25/2020 - 21:27

One notable feature of Sindarin is that it often uses adjectives adverbially, as in: noro lim, noro lim Asfaloth “run swift, run swift Asfaloth” (LotR/213). This can occur only when the adjective could conceivably be an attribute of the verb’s subject, as in this example where “swift” is applicable to the subject (Asfaloth). As Tolkien described it:

Sindarin Grammar P52: Comparative Paul Strack Mon, 09/07/2020 - 16:38

Comparison is Sindarin is a bit tricky. We have what appears to an intensive or superlative prefix ro- (< rau-) as in rovaed, which may mean “*very shapely” or “*most shapely” (PE17/147); this suffix seems to be the equivalent of Q. ar(i)- which elsewhere was described as “virtually superlative” (PE17/56).

Sindarin Grammar P50: Interrogative Paul Strack Sun, 09/06/2020 - 16:35

There only two currently published questions in Sindarin (and none in its conceptual precursors): linnathol? “will you sing?” from 1969 (PE22/167) and man agorech? from the early 1950s (VT50/5), untranslated but almost certainly meaning “what have we done?” using the late-1940s, early-1950s 1st pl. inclusive pronominal suffix -ch (VT50/21-22). These two questions give us a fair amount of information, though.

Sindarin Grammar P49: Negative Paul Strack Sun, 09/06/2020 - 02:11

This skips the entry on the Sindarin subjunctive, because I need to revisit Quenya subjunctive first.

(Neo)Quenya Equivalents of the 1000 Most Frequent English Words


The idea popped up on Vinye Lambengolmor that we could continue this fun project that we started on Google Plus but never finished. 

We can discuss ideas here as we are progressing through the list (which is already quite advanced).

Here's the link to the spreadsheet:

Sindarin Grammar P45: Passive Participle Paul Strack Sat, 08/15/2020 - 17:08

Passive participles in Sindarin (and Noldorin) are reasonably well attested. For half-strong and derived verbs, its formation is straighforward: add -en to the past tense, with the final -nt become -nn- medially as usual. The clearest Sindarin example of this is the half-strong verb covad(a)- “(make) meet” with past tense covant, passive participle covannen “met” (PE17/16, 158).