At 5:30 AM, I finally completed uploading the updates to the Neo-Sindarin phrasebooks, including their German translations! Alphin is our German translator, so feel free to send her some thank-yous for all of her hard work! Other than a sparkly new German translation, I’ve reorganized many of the phrasebooks to be more conversation-like, grouping questions […]
Richard is a friend and Sindarin student of mine, and he’s got a pretty amazing voice. Here he is singing Galadriel’s Lament, with the music arranged by Donald Swann: You can see how to pronounce this poem on it’s page in the Recorded Scripts section, and maybe make your own recording of it! In other […]
I’ve never received so many donations before! This has definitely broken all of my records. You guys are generous and thoughtful, and you make me so happy to be part of this fandom! There were a total of 18 donators this year, who donated a total of $1,077. This money was so helpful for me […]
I have some updates to the Donation Page! People have tried to do monthly donations to me on Paypal, but found it cumbersome on their end. So, I’ve devised a way to re-create what Patreon does by creating a monthly payments button. I’ve included the most common donation amounts, and they will continue monthly for […]
Turns out, the fix was really easy once I submitted the support ticket. They fixed it this morning, and the textbook is completely back online! Yay!
TLDR: Sindarin Class is on break until the website is fixed. If you’re a student in the current Sindarin class, you may have noticed some technical problems plaguing the textbook’s website. The menu has gone all wonky, certain pages are giving nothing but errors, and you can’t login. Well, it’s not a problem on your […]
There are a bunch of new essays listed in the Essays page, thanks to a reader sending me a list of good ones that they like. If you know of any good ones, and think that they should be listed on my website, feel free to send me the links! It’s been a while since […]
Because of the work I’m doing on the Neo-Sindarin textbook, I ended up giving the calendar pages a much-needed overhaul. In the Calendars of Arda essay, I removed the words I made for the Sindarin version (the Sindar weren’t interested in dates as much as others were, and the Noldor and the Gondorians preferred Quenya […]
I got a nifty little pluggin that allows me to manage users of the website much more effectively! So, I’ve opened registration here. Now registered members are the only ones who can make comments. I’ve gotten tired of clearing out hundreds of spam comments (the actual reason for this update!) You don’t need to be […]
LotRO Neo-Sindarin Plugin It’s finally complete! After months of translating coding and testing, you can finally get it! It’s available for free download from The Dwarrow Scholar’s website. The plugin is for the Exilic and Woodelven dialects of Sindarin, since it is for talking with fellow elves in the 3rd/4th age of Middle-earth. I had […]
I handle all kinds of translation requests, including translating lyrics! If I translate lyrics for you, I’ll also help you learn how to pronounce them. That’s what I did for Rebekah Eden. Her album, “Rowing in Eden” that includes “In the Days” (the song with Sindarin in it) is available here: http://www.rebekaheden.com/
I don’t usually post about personal things, but I’m breaking that rule today, because I’m trying to process something that happened to me recently. I was diagnosed with high-functioning autism a few weeks ago. At first, all I saw was the downsides. How it makes me difficult to work with, how it makes it difficult […]
Welcome Valaraen! Valaraen is the first beta reader to sign up with the new system! You can read their profile on the Beta Readers’ page. If you know anyone who would be interested in this, give them a link to the Beta Reader Application form.
Another thing that I ended up changing extensively is how the beta-reader system works. The changes I made will hopefully make beta readers feel a lot more secure and have more control over their profiles. Change #1 – Beta Readers are now members of the website. If your application is accepted, I’ll make you a […]
Hello everyone! It has been a long, long, long, year. I graduated from college at long last, got a job, quit that job, and somehow, amidst all of that, I finished modernizing the website. My good friend Phil Smith has moved on to follow his own writing projects (should be something amazing, I’m sure! I’ll […]
It was a lot of fun getting to do this. I think I’ll do more interviews and talks later on, since I had fun. LOTRO Players News Episode 113: Languages in Tolkien In the interview we announced the Dwarvish and Sindarin phrasebook LotRO plugins. I’ll post the links to the Sindarin one when it becomes […]
At 8:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, I’m being interviewed about my Tolkien-language work, along with a good friend of mine, The Dwarrow Scholar and you can listen and chat along with others listening to the show here: http://mixlr.com/the-players-alliance/
I, dreamingfifi, have graduated from college, with a degree in Linguistics! I’ve now got the letters “BA” after my name. This means some changes will happen around here. Because I don’t have mountains of homework anymore, I can spend more time on the website! The Sindarin lessons will now be offered all year, not just […]
These updates are pretty minor. I just moved around some of the content. I made a whole section for requesting translations out of the old Need Help? page, so hopefully people can figure out how to request translations more easily. I changed the Need Help? page into a new FAQ page, so people know where to […]
A bigger than usual update for today. I posted two new Sindarin poems: I Chiril os Salod and Ollas Nin o hAuth. I cleaned up the Word Lists page, and got rid of the old wordlists (Except the Adûnaic Dictionary, that has aged much more gracefully). They’re outdated, we have no one interested in updating […]
I reorganized some links and page a section in my trustworthy websites list for dictionaries, and added a new one: Eldamo.
Elvish Linguistics Learning Tool The reason that I jumped into this project, other than the obvious, is that I see the potential for this to be useful for teachers and students of languages in general. It makes it easy to learn to read a language, especially one like Japanese or Ancient Egyptian. It’s time for […]
Lalaith of “Lalaith’s Middle-earth Science Pages” contacted me to let me know that her website has moved! It’s a great website, so I’m spreading the word. If you have it bookmarked, change your bookmarks to:
So, here we are. Due to the Middle-earth Network shutting down social-network operations, I had to move the “News and Updates” section to my own website. In this process, I got another subdomain for my website, installed WordPress 4.0 on it, then mucked around until it became something resembling the main website. I’m going to […]
I finished the research on Adûna pronunciation… 2 years ago? A while ago, anyways. I forgot to make a pronunciation guide page for it. Without further ado, here it is! Adûna Pronunciation You’ll notice that there aren’t any notes on the stress patterns. Unfortunately, Tolkien never described them. I also added an essay I wrote […]
The Phrasebook Database downtime has been moved to Sunday, 2PM GMT.
The phrasebook database will be down for an hour starting 2PM GMT. Phil will be making the URLs for specific sections of the phrasebook easier to link to. This is part of a larger project to make the phrasebooks more accessible in different ways, especially for screen-reader programs. Some other updates have happened recently. Many […]
Hi! I’m back from my adventures going to school, doing NaNoWriMo (I won!), and getting surgery (bi-lateral breast-reduction). I’m still a little sore from surgery, but I don’t need the powerful pain meds that make me extremely loopy. Therefore, I have given myself a green light to go back to website editing. We have two […]
We managed to meet our goal, then blow straight past it! The total amount donated is $1420. The rest of the money will go to paying the websites’ bills, and $5 a month will go to a Humanist charity network called “Foundation Beyond Belief“. They carefully screen charities to make certain that they actually help […]
Notice: Our donation goals have been met! Thank you everyone who helped out, you’re life’swork-savers! More info here! Got an update on the status of the data recovery this morning: “Your media is currently in the clean room where our most advanced engineers are working with your drive in order to bypass the failure and […]
Notice: Our donation goals have been met! Thank you everyone who helped out, you’re life’swork-savers! More info here! If you’re wondering what this is about, read this post first: http://realelvish.mymiddleearth.com/2013/07/19/help/ Our goal is to raise $850, so my spouse and I can afford to eat and pay rent and save the new sections of Realelvish.net […]
Notice: Our donation goals have been met! Thank you everyone who helped out, you’re life’swork-savers! More info here! I need help. I lost all of the files on my computer – it’s dying, and I was expecting that, so I had backed them up. Then my external hard-drive died. According to the place I brought […]
Thanks to a generous donation from “Liberty of the USA”, Merin Essi ar Quenteli! is able to keep its doors open for another year! You can view the list of donors (first names and country of origin only) here. Thank you for helping keep our website going! Máriessë ar márienna!
The forums have had a make-over! Proboards is updating their forum software, and I just spent several hours tweaking the settings to make it look nice. Some cool new features: We have a shotbox! And, you can build your own avatar! It’s got a really sleek, modern look too. I don’t know all of the […]
Today I updated the 101 Sindarin phrasebook, and added a new affiliate (SpanishFakeESDLA)! Then I went about the sad business of removing the affiliates that have been inactive for more than 2 years or that have links which no longer work. I hope that the aftermath of the Hobbit movie means more active Tolkien websites! […]
Phrasebook Database, version 2.0 I added a few phrases to them, and added a new column for the new, simpler pronunciation guide. Let me know what you think! And let me know if you find any errors. There are bound to be a few that slipped through the cracks, as the only time I can […]
I’m trying to make my pronunciation guides easier for people who aren’t familiar with IPA. Please check them out here (Quenya) and here (Sindarin). Let me know what you think! Thanks!
“How?” you may ask. It’s actually quite simple. At the bottom of Realelvish.Net‘s page, where the disclaimer and the site design credits are, there is a link and an ad for Fandango tickets. If you order tickets to The Hobbit on Fandango by clicking on that link then doing it, a portion of the money […]
I posted a link to my phrasebook database project on Elfling, and got some useful critiques. I uploaded the edited version last Friday (Sep. 21st) which now holds a whopping 7259 phrases in it.
I’m back; I had a lovely time, and now school has started. Right now I’m focusing on finishing the new Elvish section of Arwen-Undomiel.com. It’s going to be awesome! I’m gathering voice actors (only people in Missoula, Montana whom I can train personally and record personally). It’s a lot of fun, but a lot of […]
You can find it here: The Phrasebook Database In it is included the thousands of new Quenya phrases that I’ve been working on translating the past few months. The main reason that I decided to do this at last is the dialects. You now have the ability to select which dialect you need. Long ago, […]
It’s finally time to beta-test the new phrasebook database! Phrasebook Database Interface Please let me know any problems or errors that you find, and any suggestions you have for making it easier to use are welcome. One little note: the “all of them” option for the phrasebook sections won’t be working until tomorrow, so don’t […]
I shall be ever-tweaking the naming essays. They have been tweaked some more. Elven Naming Traditions of Valinor The Elven Naming Traditions of Middle-earth Special thanks to Elthir and Marinka for helping me edit them.
There’s a new wordlist! This one is for Reconstructed Quenya. I made it while working on the Quenya phrasebook. Some news on the Phrasebook Database project: it is in the final stages of completion! I’m in the process of building a form that can interact with the database, and that will hopefully be easy to […]
I deleted the Timeline pages. There were some errors in them, and the writer, Gildor Inglorion, has moved on and works on the Tolkien Gateway Wiki now. This timeline is far superior to the old one on my website, so I’m linking to the new one.
I want to know what you’d like to see improved or added to my website, so I made a poll on it. Currently, I’m working on a phrasebook database, and name database, and finishing this round of edits on Your Sindarin Textbook.
Spent the day doing courageous battle with the RSS2 feed on the index page. It is finally replaced with the brand new feed from this place! It’s so purdy! And it works! I only had to install a newer version of PHP. Once I did that though, everything fell into place very quickly.
I just finished copy-pasting all of the website-updates from the past few years that I hadn’t managed to delete. This shall be the new home of my updates page! And lookie! You can comment on the updates! I don’t know why you’d want to, but if you feel so inclined, go ahead I guess.
A luhta tálunyassë, pan apárien parmanen Amanya eldalambé! Parma Ñoldorinwai quentelion ya Micael nin tencë ná yerna ar mauya nin sá at-etécië. Sinen, parnen. Ma mára len? Ahem… Well that was fun. Basically: I’m rewriting the outdated Quenya phrasebook that Michael wrote for me ages ago. In order to do it, I learned Quenya. As […]
We finally outdid our free bandwidth. The website is down for a few days while we move to a new name server, with lots more bandwidth! Pity it costs so much. Check out the Donate page if you’d like to help keep the website afloat!
The Noldorin Names were a mess. I’m replacing them with Exilic names, which are taking forever to put together. Also, I put together a quick little index for the pronunciation guides so people can find them a little more easily.
I’ve added a new set of phrases for the Sindarin-speaking Lindarin Elves and the Woodelves. I also cleaned up some small errors that I somehow missed before, and re-translated a few phrases. I got rid of hanna– as well. Using it has always bothered me, but it’s so prevalent in Neo-Sindarin that it’s difficult to […]
A new essay is up! Check it out in the Essays section! Eldarin Views on Killing and Healing, and the History of the Elessar
One thing that has been delaying my making of a complete Exilic namelist is that I didn’t have Sindarin verbs made into names yet. I just finished translating a mountain of Sindarin verbs into hundreds of new Sindarin names! The Exilic names should go much quicker now! I’m also cleaning out the Qenya names that […]
The death of Geocities took with it many fantastic Tolkien-linguistics websites. I hadn’t done a complete link-check until now, and found a large number of the websites are now gone. How depressing! I hope they find new homes, because they were excellent resources. Novaer mellyn!
Some of you may know this already, but last Saint Nicolas’ Day, my grandfather died. We were quite close. He was a brilliant anthropologist and quite gifted at learning languages. If you want to know more about him, do a search on Frank Bessac. I miss him terribly, to the point of distraction. Anyways, I’m […]
There’s finally a Quenya pronunciation page! It only took me seven years to make it. Still working on Exilic names. I’ve finally found a format that I think might work. There may be some beta testing in the future. Galu!
Doriathrin Namelists deleted and replaced with updated Sindarin namelists. Next is the Exilic names! … After I finish rewriting homework assignments. Galu!
A new Beta Reader was added to the list. Dozens of new phrases have been added to the phrasebook, as well as a new section: Rescue Mission. It has been changed to reflect the different dialects of Sindarin too.
Our website now has merchandise! If you want to help keep “Merin Essi ar Quenteli!” running, or maybe some clothes with cool calligraphy on them, please check out our little store!
As some of you may know, my website was kicked offline last month because it apparently had run out of bandwidth. To set the record straight: No it hadn’t run out of bandwidth. There was a problem with the server’s ability to tally the usage of my website, making it think that 6 months of […]
Hello folks! It’s about time I made another newsletter, isn’t it? While I haven’t been writing newsletters, I have been making updates. Lots of them. In January, I attempted to switch servers, because some of the pages were mysteriously disappearing. The server change didn’t help anything, so I went back to Awardspace and asked the […]
Wow, it’s been a long time since you heard from me, hasn’t it? Well, have I news for you! I GOT MARRIED! Check out the wedding website: I finally got some work done on the website! I’ve been updating the beta-readers section all along, and I did some small tweaking: I made a mock-up website […]
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Please don’t kill me for my disappearance! I have good updates to offer to you! Firstly, the Timelines are up! Gildor is the one who donated them, I just rewrote the coding. The Beta Reader List has been updated (six months worth of updates!) and I’ve closed the lessons. […]
Hello all! Finals are over! I have no idea how I did on them, and won’t know for a while. I return to school in a week. I’m taking two intense summer French classes, the closest thing to spending the summer in France I can afford. So, for this short week I will be updating […]
Howdy all! I was so busy with midterms and influenza that I didn’t do any updates. Now that it is Spring Break, I’m updating and cleaning things up like crazy. All of the Sindarin Name lists are cleaned up! Doriathrin Names Woodelven Names Sindarin Names Gondorian-Sindarin Names A new section is begun: Time! It has […]
Hey all! I have many updates to show you today. You know that pitiful update I did for New Year? Well, this is the other shoe dropped. THE QUENYA PHRASEBOOK IS FINALLY COMPLETE! The sections I uploaded since the last newsletter are as follows: Friendly Phrases Complements Unfriendly Phrases Insults Curses Other Phrases Just for […]
Hello! I had a grand idea. Why not put my website newsletters up here? So I shall. Gondorian-Sindarin Name List I added another dialectal name list for Gondorians with Sindarin names. How could I do this whilst preparing my portfolio? Well, I was procrastinating, and the Gondorian dialect doesn’t differ much from the Elven dialect. […]
Hello everyone! It is the cheery hour of two in the morning, and I have a few updates to give you before I collapse on my bed. I have a story to tell you. Personally, I see myself as one of the last people in the world susceptible to this, but last month I was […]
Howdy all! For the past month, Phil Smith and I (to be fair, it was mostly Phil) have been laboring on the new design for the website. We were trying to achieve a more efficient, more professional appearance for the website. I think we’ve succeeded! So long big background! So long Iframe! So long clumsy […]
Hello everyone! Please forgive me for not being there for so long! I do have a few excuses. I was moving to a new dorm room, and it took a few days to get the Internet service transferred, and I had to reinstall Windows twice. I haven’t done much with the website, but I did […]
Wow, what a lot of updates this week! Well friends, after reorganizing the FTP server I decided to reorganized the navigation. Things should be much easier to find. The navigation has been split into five parts: the normal website stuff, translations, fanfiction, other websites, and the house of guests. It’s no longer like looking at […]
Ai mellyn! A very important notice for today. Getting tired of searching for parts of the website on the FTP server, I decided to organize it there the way it is to the viewer of the website. That means that some of the URLs have changed. Please check the website to see if a URL […]
Hello everyone! You can now help me make decisions about the website! Under the House of Guests there is the Pollbooth. Please Vote! I’ve added a section for people wanting websites with titles in Tolkien’s languages. Your Sindarin Textbook is a huge success so far! There are seven students on the Roster! “Chapter 6 – […]
Please forgive me for neglecting you for so long! I have a lot of updates to get through. I decided that the Sindarin subtitle was a silly idea. In its place, I put a pretty banner that I made in MSPaint. I learned some CSS coding! Now the navigation bar is easier to read and […]
Hello all! Good news for all of the Elves of Doriath, I just finished making them a namelist! http://realelvish.net/names/old/sindarin/ There’s a new section up in the Quenya Phrase Book, Communication. Exilic Quenya Communication I’ve made all of the pages pale green, so they’ll look nicer in the iframe. I added a Sindarin version of the […]
Hello folks! Today we have a few minor additions. “Help us!” phrases were added to the Sindarin phrasebook. Jael pointed out to me that during the short Elven marriage they still speak the names of Eru, Varda, and Manwë. I fixed the error in the Elven Wedding essay. I added a brief history of Elven […]
I just figured out how to do iframes! Now, the website will load much quicker and use much less bandwidth. Enjoy! http://realelvish.net/ The Quenya Phrase Book now has twelve sections in it, and counting. Way to go Gildor! Please, let him know how much you appreciate his efforts. dreamingfifi Random Sindarin Quote: “Sméagol anna dulu, […]
Hello everyone! The other day, I finally tired of deleting spam. Lately, I’ve had to clean more and more and more of the stuff from the forums. I believe that they perceived the unrestricted posting and charged in for the kill. So, I came up with a clever plan. I’d password protect all of the […]
I have great news today! The Quenya and Noldorin name lists are finally completed and up on the website! Three cheers for Tyrhael and Gildor! HIP HIP HOORAY! HIP HIP HOORAY! HIP HIP HOORAY! Old Website’s Quenya Namelists Old Website’s Exilic Namelists In celebration, I’ve put up the summer colors. This skin I call “Starlette” […]
Hey everyone! I have several updates to report. First, I’ve started work on Sindarin Lessons. The lessons have forced me to rethink out the language, so I’ve changed my mind yet again on the Sindarin Pronoun system. I need people willing to be guinea pigs to take the lessons and critique them. So, do you […]
Hi y’all! Today, as I merrily added more names to the lists and phrases to the Sindarin Phrase Book, I decided to do a quick count. It knocked me off my feet. There are 1009 possible Sindarin Phrases in the Phrasebook and 2291 possible names in the name lists. There are 484 names so far […]
It’s my birthday! And in the Hobbit tradition, I’m giving you a present! It’s an addition to my essay, “An Elven Wedding”, the Sindarin Phrase Book, and the Quenya Phrase Book. I present to you the Elven Wedding Vows! Also, welcome the new Spring theme for the website! That’s a picture of Aewvain and her […]
Alert! Warning! Beware! Look out! I discovered that my hosting website, freewebs.com, is putting a spyware virus onto all of the websites hosted there. For the meanwhile, the website has been moved to http://realelvish.net. All of the artshost.com links still work, but any link you click that’s not the spyware trying to get onto your […]
Hail! I need to apologize to everyone for being so scarce about the website. I’ve been in solitary confinement, or house-sitting for my grandmother. She has a very slow dial-up connection and a computer out of the dark ages. I just about went crazy. Then my boyfriend’s grandfather died while I was there and unable […]
Happy New Year! I have a present for you guys! I researched the languages of Legolas’ kin, the Woodelves, and made them a special name list for the Second and Third Ages of Middle-earth. http://realelvish.net/names/old/woodelven/ Besides that, I’ve recoded the Sindarin Phrase Book. Now, it will load very quickly for the amount of information that […]
Thank-you everyone who sent condolences to me! The funeral was two days ago, and your messages helped a lot. I’ve changed the background for a winter theme; I need to move on and start focusing on my life again. Christmas is coming quickly, and I have finally found a way to make money through my […]
Sad news this day. My grandfather died December 3, 2005. So, I’ve changed the colors and background of the website for mourning. He was 69 years old; he died of lung cancer. Promise me that you will never smoke! dreamingfifi Rûm cuil ngurth. Life’s mystery is death.
Hail dear friends! The forums are a success so far, but if you have any suggestions, speak up! I’ve added some new phrases for the Sindarin Phrasebook. I’m now going to include a list of reconstructed words that I use. I’m happy to say that the Quenya name list is almost finished. The Noldorin (Sindarinized […]
Little to tell you today except that I’ve finally got Internet access again! –Oh, and I’ve finished a new essay called “The Origin of Man” and did a little tweaking in the Sindarin Phrase Book. I have a new e-mail address! From now on, please use —– dreamingfifi/Navaer Lalaith Random Sindarin Quote: Aragorn pent iston, […]