A Critique of Nancy Martsch's

Basic Quenya

The following is a slightly edited version of a critique written by (Ivan Derzhanski). It is republished here with permission.

Nancy Martsch's Basic Quenya is better than Ruth Noel's The Languages of Tolkien's Middle Earth (at least NM can distinguish Quenya from Sindarin and doesn't claim that Finnish has a dual number), and I agree that it is quite good as an invitation to further independent study (as Carl says). It is also useful as a concordance to the linguistic material in the source books other than the History of Middle-earth series. But its worth, too, is slashed by a number of sins of commission. Here are some:

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