Epic adventures are only part of the appeal of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth books. What really set Tolkien apart from other fantasy writers was his skill at crafting entire worlds—and at showing how important language is to history and identity. How much do you know about Tolkien’s linguistic world?
Want to know more about J.R.R. Tolkien’s Invented Languages? Check out this paper given by Edward Vajda, a professor in the Modern and Classical Languages Department at Western Washington University, on “Tolkien’s Imaginary Languages”:
Top Image: Thorin Oakenshield’s map – image from Wikimedia Commons