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  • That would make sense. After all Tolkien only wrote the books so that he would have a back drop to play with inventing languages. If he hadn't felt that languages need a complete history, culture and environment to be real, there would be no LOTR.

    • Personally I wish Tolkien had kept his languages to himself -- from what I've seen of them, they're about as exciting as tap water. They all look like Tokharian on the skids.

      There were grammars of actually interesting languages (like Native American languages) back then, but apparently it would have been too excitingly unwhite for Tolkien to have people speak anything of that sort in his (t)wee Shire.

      As to Tolkien in translation: I think it would improve him greatly.

      • I'm not qualified to comment on the beauty and/or cleverness of the grammars of Tolkien's languages (of which I know some, mainly vocabulary), and especially as compared with NA languages (of which I know very little), since I'm just a hobby linguist, not a real one, but allow me to point out that you seem to be missing the background of *why* Tolkien created these languages.

        He didn't create them "just for fun", out of the blue, for no other purpose than just linguistics, just to create "interesting langu