unknown said:Talking Backwards. "I remember that George had a feeling about the kind of speech he wanted Yoda to have. It had to do with inversion and with a kind of medieval feeling with religious overtones.
Tomasz Klimkiewicz said:Hello,
This topic has reminded me of something I've been wondering about for some time now. In the many phantasy books and Role Playing Games so popular nowadays, the authors frequently use a strange language that they refer to as the 'Older Speech', and which, in those books and games is typically spoken by the Elven community. My question is, whether it's the original Gaelic language or a true subset of Old English, as some suggest, or something made up by the authors?
I know it's a difficult question without a few samples, at least, but perhaps anyone could please shed some light on the mystery.
Thanks in advance,
The correct name in the Elves' own language for that speech is Sindariel-Cwenya, roughly translatable as "Jewel of the Tree of Life". Sindariel-Cwenya is often shortened to either Sinariel or Cwen, or in Common Speech dialects, Elven or Elfish. The speech of Alfheim is a form of true High Elven.