Omentielva Tatya - The Second International Conference on J.R.R. Tolkien's Invented Languages (01.08.07 by Pieter Collier) - Comments

For the BBC Documentary "Tolkien's Middle Earth" J.R.R. Tolkien was filmed writing, in Elvish runes, the phrase a star shines upon our meeting, the familiar Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo! in The Fellowship of the Ring.

Tolkien writing Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo

Omentie was the Quenya word Tolkien used for 'meeting' and later refined its meaning to 'meeting between two parties'. Omentielva is there for a very good name for a conference because at The Second International Conference on J.R.R. Tolkien's Invented Languages scholars from many countries will meet, and discuss for several days.

The first conference was held at the University of Stockholm, Sweden, in 2005. The second conference will be at Lessius Hogeschool in Antwerp, Belgium, on August 8 - 11, 2007.

Everyone with a serious interest in Tolkien’s invented languages is invited to participate, and encouraged to prepare, bring, and deliver a paper on any aspect of Tolkien’s languages.

If you are interested to come to Omentielva Tatya you can still registrate here, there is also a possibility to inscribe as non-attendant.

The programme consists of listening to and discussing the papers; as well as meeting each other, breaking bread together, and generally enjoying each other’s company.
You do not need to deliver a paper to attend, nor do you need to attend to send a paper (someone can be found to read it for you).

Next to the language aspect there will also be a lecture by Johan Vanhecke about Tolkien and Belgium and I was asked to show autographs and other rarities from my Tolkien collection and give a small lecture on Tolkien signatures. Tolkien signature and tengwar on a letter to Pr. Alan White

The proceedings of these conferences will be published in a special series, Arda Philology. The volume from the first conference contains seven papers:

    * Petri Tikka: The Finnicization of Quenya
    * Nils-Lennart Johannesson: Quenya, the Black Speech and the Sonority Scale
    * Susanne Vejdemo: Tolklangs in the "Real" World
    * Magnus Åberg: An Analysis of Dwarvish, with an appended Khuzdul glossary
    * Bertrand Bellet: Vowel Affection in Sindarin and Noldorin
    * Måns Björkman: The Scripts of Aman
    * Christopher Gilson: "Namárië" and the Lexicon of Quenya

Arda Philology I has just been released and has the intention to be stimulating and insightful enough to show up on the reference shelf of every serious scholar of Tolkien. You can order it here.

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