Quenya Grammar P10.5: Definiteness and the Genitive/Possessive

Posted out of order; should be after the entry on the definite article


Quenya is less inclined to use the definite article than English. It seems the definite article is only required if the definiteness of the noun must be emphasized or is not otherwise specified. One interesting example is the phrase:

Quenya Grammar P24: Dative

The Quenya dative is used for the indirect object of a phrase and is formed using the suffix -n. The indirect object is the recipient or beneficiary of an action, as opposed to the direct object which is the immediate target. In English, the indirect object comes immediately before the direct object in a sentence: “I give you the knife”, “I wish you well”. Alternately, English can indicate the indirect object with prepositions like “to” or “for”: “I give the knife to you”, “I wish happiness for you”.

Quenya Grammar P23: Accusative

The accusative form in Quenya is used for the object of verbs and is unmarked in “modern” Quenya (Tarquesta). According to the Plotz letter, there was a distinct accusative form in Classical Quenya (Parmaquesta), marked with a long final vowel for singular vocalic nouns, and by the use of an -i plural for vocalic nouns in the plural:

Glamdring

Totally off topic, but Sir Ian McKellen is 80 and tours the world with a one-man show celebrating his long career - I saw him the other day in London, and (naturally) he started the show by reciting the Bridge of Khazad-dûm scene from The Fellowship :) and afterwards he produced the actual Glamdring he used as a prop in the films and brandished it around the stage.

There was much more in the show of course, and he is a lovely man. A great night.