The following is a simple guide for the use and creation of the Elvish tongue. This is a work in progress, and as such will have certain "lackings"... should you stumble across one and feel you have a suitable answer for mainstream use, please post
* Denoted r, ea, ie, or, io, and oo. Exact choice is left up to
the person creating the plural.
* Use -rim to denote great numbers or respect
nimbrethie = birches
Aredhelrim = elf lords
* when used alone pronouns express subjects (amin mela lle - I
* when used in possessive phrases they express possession (melamin
- my love)
we, us (ours)
* Append pronoun to end of object.
* Pluralize noun first.
irmo = desire, irmoamin = my desire or irmoieamin = my desires
atar = father, atarho = his father
Subject of Subject:possessor
* Seperate secondary subject (possessed by primary subject) with en from the simple familiar of the primary subject.
mela en coiamin = love of the life of = I love of my life
tinu en atarahe = daughter of the mother of her = her mother's daughter
SIMPLE NONFAMILIAR OR PROPER
Subject of Possessor
* use when possessor is expressing distance/separation from object or when possessor is proper.
* Seperate subject from possessor with en.
mellon en amin = friend of I = my friend (expresses distance)
megil en Lywnis = sword of Lywnis = Lywnis' sword
* Append to the front of the object/action they are describing.
corialote = purple flower
lashae = wide ocean (last 2 n's from lann dropped)
* when expressing intensities (i.e. bright, brighter, brightest) when stem ends in vowel append -n for -er and -nin for -est
tiri = bright/brightly, tirin = brighter, tirinin = brightest
*when stem ends in noun append -in for -er and -inin for -est
calen = green, calenin = greener, caleninin = greenest
* Follows verb in unchanged form.
* Also see intensity rules listed above.
cormamin glina tiri = my heart it gleams bright = my heart gleams
i'aredhelrim quene hodo = the elf lords they spoke wise = the elf
lords spoke wisely
* Conjugate to past, present, future, conditional with e,a, uva,
amin elee = I saw, amin elea = I see, amin eleuva = I shall see, amin eleaya = I would see
* two or more conjugated verbs may exist in one phrase as long as are not strung together.
* use unconjugated verbs when stringing more than one together
amin irma quen I desire to speak
lle delotha mel amin You hate to love me
* -ing endings are expressed by appending -ad or -ien to the stem
if it ends in a noun or - d if it ends in a vowel.
amin naa tulien a' i'til = I am coming to the point
* -ed endings are expressed using the past tense conjugation.
nardane ron kaime e' i'liavea en' ilya n'at entwined they slept in
each others arms
CREATION OF NEW WORDS
* keep it simple, use portions of other words, and try to remain
true to the flowing nature of elven
* before using the words you must post them to the
Silver Arrow Tavern and have them be confirmed by the the Captain or Chronicler of Tel'Mithrim.
* rationalize your derivation, before using the words that you
create. If a suitable words for derivation do not exist than make one up keeping in mind
simplicity and the nature of elven.
* when taking a noun from a verb stem:
1) conjugate to present form for direct noun (i.e. ele- to see,
elea(v) sees, elea(n) sight
2) for a related term, append either o or u to the stem (i.e. eleo
3) when ascribing the verb to a person, append ar to the stem (i.e. oht-war, ohtar - warrior)
* when creating words from two or more words, append together and
drop enough letters from the appendor to avoid cumbersome letter sequences (see
* Use subject - verb - object (add adverbs and adjectives as
* Phrase questions as statements followed by question maker.
* Words such as a, does, would etc. may be inferred from the
context of the phrase.
* When appending pronouns or adjectives, you may drop letters from
the appendor in order to eliminate awkward sequences of letters. Examples would
be avoiding 3 consonants in a row, 3 vowels in a row, or 2 of the same vowel
in a row.
Amin mela lle. = I love you.
Lye nuquernuva sen e dagor = We will defeat them in battle
Lle anta yulna en alu? = Do you need a drink of water?
Uma, amin naa fauka. = Yes, I am thirsty
Amin sinta thaliolle e dagor = I know your strength in battle.
More Complex Examples:
Amin lastuva ten' aredhelamin quena hodo.= I will listen because my lord (elf) speaks wisely
Llie tula mellonea, vasa ni yulna en mereth en amin. = Come friends, eat and drink of my feast
Il'quen sinta mellonamin Lywnis? = Does everybody know my friend Lywnis?
Uma, lye sinta he. = Yes, we know him.
Peruse the Grammatical rules for the Elven Language.
View our resources for translating Common to Elven
And our tomes on converting Elven to Common
Here is list of common Elven Phrases
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