Anonymous asked: I must say that you are such an interesting fellow nerd. Your blog makes my day! Just your ability to differentiate between "you're" and "your" makes you fascinating. I would like to know if you could share where you learned how to speak the languages in the Lord of the Rings. It would be greatly appreciated!
I admit that I am most flattered by your praise. Thank you! I really appreciate it. However I have to admit that I am not all that you think I am.
I cannot “speak” the languages of Middle-Earth. I can certainly read aloud and pronounce the various names and phrases within the books very fairly, and better than most. I do not actually know Quenya, or Sindarin, or the Black Speech, or Valarin, or Khuzdul, etc. I can read and write simply in the English mode of the Tengwar, and intend to learn the Cirth as well. But these are modes of writing, akin to an alphabet, and whether you wrote “Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-mênu!” with the Roman Alphabet or the Cirth I still wouldn’t be able to understand it. (Well, that particular phrase I do understand, but only because it’s a famous battle-cry).
I have learned the Tengwar from a very wonderful website called Amanye Tenceli, which describes both the Tengwar and the Sarati (an older writing system, which Fëanor improved upon). It doesn’t talk about the Cirth, which is probably easier to learn. Good luck!