Book Reviews Quenya Phonology: Comparative Tables, Outline of Phonetic Development, Outline of Phonology, by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Gilson. Mountain View, CA: Parma Elderlamberon, 2010. 108 pp. $35 (oversize paperback) [no ISBN]. Parma Eldalamberon XIX. Tolkien first set out the phonology or sound laws governing his eldest Elvish language in 1915, in "The Sounds of Qenya" (Parma Eldalamberon XII 3-28); and during a second phase of work on the subject in Leeds in the early 1920s he produced another "Qenya Phonology" (Parma Eldalamberon XIV 60-70). The current Parma Eldalamberon covers two further phases of work on the topic: from 1937, a set of "Comparative Tables" and an "Outline of Phonetic Development"; and from about 1951, a revision and expansion of the latter, titled "Outline of Phonology." In glorious technicality, these show Tolkien's ideas on the sound laws of Quenya just before and just after the composition of The Lord of the Rings: at the point when he set aside his work on the Elder Days and at the point when he resumed it. There is a hint that in 1937, just as he hoped that the "Silmarillion" might be published in the wake of The Hobbit, Tolkien
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