elvish placenames: language links

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I am starting a series of posts which will translate (hopefully!) the Sindarin place names found throughout LoTRO.   Sindarin is an elvish language but it was also spoken by the Númenóreans in the Second Age and their descendants, the Dúnedain in the Third age, which, at least partly, explains the proliferation of Sindarin place-names across Middle-Earth.  When I first starting playing, I found navigation difficult as I had no frame of reference (beyond the obvious examples found in LoTR) and the place names just seemed meaningless.  I got quite cross as normally I’m quite good at navigating (even though I play a hunter ;)) and so I started looking up the meanings of some of the Sindarin names.

I’ve found it easiest to group and learn some Sindarin by grouping common elements together e.g. amon/emyn = hill/hills, duin = river.  So I have split the translations into groups such as water, high places, woods and forests for example.   I’m aiming to publish these fortnightly for now and hope you find them useful.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in further information about the languages of Middle-Earth, here are some handy links:

If you know of any links that should be added, please leave a comment and I’ll add to the main list 🙂

2 comments

  1. Andang /

    I can’t wait to see this series!

  2. This will be awesome! I too can’t wait. 🙂

    Have fun

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