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Before I settle in all nice and cozy, I need to find something out, once and for all. Especially since I have a friend who is arguing about this with me. Notice, I dont say which one of us believes what to be true, thus removing any possible guilt of being wrong from me. LOL What terms, exactly, did Tolkien use to describe elves and dwarves , and things pertaining to them. Elfish, elvish, elven, elfin, and pretty much the same with dwarves. Long ago, I remember having read something on the matter, but internet searches have turned up little.
Any help would be most appreciated. Walter Flamekeeper. Tolkien - as a philologist - used several occasions to elaborate on this issue. It may be observed that in this book as in The Hobbit the form dwarves is used, although the dictionaries tell us that the plural of dwarf is dwarfs. It should be dwarrows or dwerrows , if singular and plural had each gone its own way down the years, as have man and men , or goose and geese. But we no longer speak of a dwarf as often as we do of a man, or even of a goose, and memories have not been fresh enough among Men to keep hold of a special plural for a race now abandoned to folk-tales, where at least a shadow of truth is preserved, or at last to nonsense-stories in which they have become mere figures of fun.
It is to mark this that I have ventured to use the form dwarves , and remove them a little, perhaps, from the sillier tales of these latter days. Dwarrows would have been better; but I have used that form only in the name Dwarrowdelf , to represent the name of Moria in the Common Speech: Phurunargian. For that meant 'Dwarfdelving' and yet was already a word of antique form.
But Moria is an Elvish name, and given without love; for the Eldar, though they might at need, in their bitter wars with the Dark Power and his servants, contrive fortresses underground, were not dwellers in such places of choice. They were lovers of the green earth and the lights of heaven; and Moria in their tongue means the Black Chasm. Elves has been used to translate both Quendi , 'the speakers', the High-elven name of all their kind, and Eldar , the name of the Three Kindreds that sought for the Undying Realm and came there at the beginning of Days save the Sindar only.
This old word was indeed the only one available, and was once fitted to apply to such memories of this people as Men preserved, or to the making of Men's minds not wholly dissimilar.
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But it has been diminished, and to many it may now suggest fancies either pretty or silly, as unlike to the Quendi of old as are butterflies to the falcon - not that any of the Quendi ever possessed wings of the body, as unnatural to them as to Men. They were a race high and beautiful, the older Children of the world, and among them the Eldar were as kings, who now are gone: the People of the Great Journey, the People of the Stars.
They were tall, fair of skin and grey-eyed, though their locks were dark, save in the golden house of Finarfin; and their voices had more melodies than any mortal voice that now is heard. They were valiant, but the history of those that returned to Middle-earth in exile was grievous; and though it was in far-off days crossed by the fate of the Fathers, their fate is not that of Men. Their dominion passed long ago, and they dwell now beyond the circles of the world, and do not return.
No reviewer that I have seen , although all have carefully used the correct dwarfs themselves, has commented on the fact which I only became conscious of through reviews that I use throughout the 'incorrect' plural dwarves. I am afraid it is just a piece of private bad grammar, rather shocking in a philologist; but I shall have to go on with it. Perhaps my dwarf — since he and the Gnome2 are only translations into approximate equivalents of creatures with different names and rather different functions in their own world — may be allowed a peculiar plural.
The real 'historical' plural of dwarf like teeth of tooth is dwarrows, anyway: rather a nice word, but a bit too archaic. Still I rather wish I had used the word dwarrow. Content Update Notes New.
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