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Language Chart

Language Charts:

As I like to make things too complicated for myself, and I’m slightly neurotic about having the perfect word for things, I decided that I needed a couple reference charts.

The first set of charts are the words I’ve started using for gender and age-specific descriptions of other races since using woman for an elf just does not work for me. Generally speaking, I only use these words when the gender or age actually matters to what I’m saying, otherwise I use the gender neutral or generic race term, and some terms (i.e. mother, child, etc) I use for everyone.

The second set of charts is all the various words/phrases in dwarvish and elvish that I've used periodically (or as names for people) and got tired of looking up. Most of the words relating to the heart, love or the soul are things that I use to mean soulmate from time to time.

Finally, just as a general note. I’ve also been trying to standardize my use of dwarven/dwarvish and elven/elvish since I’ve been pretty inconsistent before now. So for the future, I’m going to try and use the –en ending for things involving the actual race and the –ish ending for things made by that race. So dwarven hands (made of dwarves) and dwarvish steel (made by dwarves).

(And yes, these were supposed to be actual tables, but I can't seem to figure out how to do that in html)


Race

Child

Young Adult

Adult

Noble/Royal

Male Dwarves:

Dwarrowlad

Dwarrow

Dwarf Lord/King

Female Dwarves:

Dwarrowmaid

Dwarrowdam

Lady/Queen

Gender Neutral Dwarves:

Dwarrowling

Dwarf/dwarves

Male Elves:

Elflet

Elverel

Elf

Elf Lord/King

Female Elves:

Elfle

Elfine/Elf-maid

Elfess

Lady/ Queen

Gender Neutral Elves:

Elfling

Elf/elves

Male Hobbits:

Lad

Hobbit

Thain

Female Hobbits:

Lass

Hobbitess

Gender Neutral Hobbits:

Fauntling

Hobbit/Halfling

As Said By Orcs:

(Race)-Spawn

(Race)/She-(Race)




Terms for Mixed Races (follow the gender/age rules of the second race as shown above)

Dwarf/Hobbit

Dwobbit

Dwarf/Elf

Dwelf

Dwarf/Man (I don't know if I'll ever actually use this)

Dwaman (Dwoman, Dwalad, Dwamaid)

Man/Elf (Had to go with Tolkien here)

Half-Elf

Orc/Anyone

Half-Orc






Khuzdûl (words)

Rough Translation

'abanshundû

stone-brains

adjân

hope

Azanulbizar

Dimrill Dale

âzyung/ âzyungâlh

love/lovers

âzyungaz

of love's origin

âzyungel

love of all loves

bavonursinh

fire-crowned lady

ghivashel

treasure of all treasures

gimlinh

star-lady

Iglishmêk

Dwarven sign language

inùdôykurdaz

sons of the heart

karash/karrash

mark/brand(s)

kurdu/karûd

heart/hearts

karûdulganaz

hearts of god's origin (i.e. heart-mates)

Khazâd

dwarves

Khazad-dûm

Moria

khuzdith

a young dwarf

mabarûn

bed-man (imp. kept man or prostitute)

Mahal

Aulë

mahkurush

to form a bond

maimhir!

(be) burned (IMP)

mingal

sky

nadad

brother

nadadith

little brother

Nargûn

Mordor

rukhsinh

female orc

sanâzyung/ sanâzyûng

true love/ true loves

Sigin-tarâg

Durin’s Folk/the Long-Beards

Tharkûn

Gandalf (lit: staff-man)

ukrash

greater/greatest symbol/mark

umùrad/umùrâd

soul/souls

umùradulganaz

soul of god's origin (i.e. soul-mate),

uzayang

greatest love




Khuzdûl (phrases)

Rough Translation

amrâlimê

My love (lit. Love of mine)

Aznân gabil ai-fnadumên!

A great darkness upon you elves

Du Bekâr

To arms

Ênâd-nurt gêdul

Happy birthday

Imrid amrad ursul

Die a death of flames

innikh dê

Return to me (IMP)

îsh kakhfê ai‘d dûr rugnul

Lit: May my excrement be poured upon the naked-jawed (ones)

Khazâd ai-mênu

The dwarves are upon you

khuzd tada bijebî âysîthi mud oshmâkhî dhi zurkur ughvashâhu

A dwarf that takes a wife must guard her as his greatest treasure

Ma zatâbhyûrizu galabur, zatâbhyûrizu mohilur

Do not be wise in words; be wise in deeds

Nî ikrit fund

Never trust an elf

Sul ghelekh barkûr ra turg

All is well with axe and beard

Thadulur kuthu barufizu oshmâkha ra tûm fulz muneb meregizu

Family and halls above merriment (lit: Only when your family is guarded and your halls are prosperous should you feast)

Alnasi

I love you (s)





Sindarin

(words)

Rough Translation

ada

daddy

fae

spirit

herdir

master

meleth

love

nana

mommy

rŷn

chasing hound





Sindarin

(phrases)

Rough Translation

Aur onnas alwed

Happy Birthday (lit: blessed birth)

le suilon, melui nin

I greet you, my sweet (reverential)

mae g'ovannen

well met

meleth nin

my love

mellon nin

my friend

melui nin

my sweet

Comments

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jedibuttercup
Mar. 13th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
I saw the comment on the latest chapter of "Comes Wisdom in Defeat" for terms for female elves ... I don't know if I missed a previous comment, but is there a reason you aren't using the Sindarin terms for male and female elves that Tolkien created?

There's a discussion of them (and their plurals) here:
http://lizardcouncil.proboards.com/thread/1886/awk-help-ellon-elleth-plurals

Feel free to ignore me if there's a reason. Just thought you mightn't know. :)
rata_toskr
Mar. 13th, 2015 12:39 am (UTC)
The answer to that question would be yes and no :) No, I'd never actually bothered to look up the Sindarin term for elves and if I ever need it for something. I'll definitely use it now.

But also yes, because I prefer a word that I can think of as "the Westron version." Using Ellon and Elleth, etc. when writing from the pov of a character that doesn't speak Sindarin doesn't make sense to me and I rarely write from the pov of elves. It's the same reason I generally use dwarf/dwarrow/etc. instead of Khuzd/Khazad and elf/elfine/etc. is a better match to that.

I have either put way too much or way too little thought into this ;-)
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