Thank you for laying out the Quendi language tree: it's an excellent resource, and, as you point out, the very heart of Tolkien's creation. After reading this, I expect I'll never get confused between Sindarin and Silvan again.
I think your argument would ring stronger, however, if you cleaned up the grammar and spelling of the essay.
Author's Response: I'm glad to know this helps somebody and didn't just confuse them more. ;) I've been known to write stuff that makes perfect sense to me, but confuses everybody else. Could you point out any specific problems? Grammar and spelling have never been my strong points, I'm much better at arguing. My mother would tell you that you can't win an arguement with me because I will come up with counter your arguement. Ex. One time I told her which Tolkien characters I wanted to marry and alot of them were elves. SO when she said the law prohibits you from marrying more than one person I countered that person was a term for a mortal and that because they were elves that I would not be breaking the law. Then she told me that Aragorn, Elros, Faramir, and Imahril were all men. I replied that the majority of their blood was mortal, but all of them had a percentage of elven blood in them and that this fraction no matter if it was one one millionth kept them from being classified as fully mortals and then that U.S. law wouldn't apply in Middle-Earth anyway, so why were we arguing about U.S. law in the first place. *blinks* What does that story have ot do with your review.
My head is spinning after all that. Incredible dedication by Tolkien to his languages. Fair points about JK Rowling, but you COULD argue that magic makes anything possible... This is helpful, as I'm trying to create my own language, and REALLY don't want it to suck!
Author's Response: My head was spinning the first time I read about them, and when I tried writing it the first time. It's cool that you're trying to create your own language. If you want them I'm pretty sure that I have some links on my computer to a few really good websites dealing with how to create your own language. If you want the links just tell me.
Author's Response: You could argue that. :) Do you like Harry Potter? I do, but most Tolkien fans I run into seem to despise her.
This seemed informative and well-researched; I don't know enough about Tolkien's languages to critique it. I really enjoyed reading it.
However, I thought your reference to Parseltongue in the beginning was somewhat weak, and not actually correct. Parseltongue is not a language per se; it is the ability to communicate with snakes. You cannot learn to speak Parseltongue. You are either born with the ability, or you are not. I understand that you were not trying to attack J.K Rowling, but you don't seem to be taking into consideration that she writes about a world where all the rules are different. Even if Parseltongue were to be considered an actual language, it is still plausible that one could learn it without trying by magical means. So, I'm afraid that part of this essay was very inaccurate. I think you should find a different made-up language to compare Tolkien's to, or simply remove that section.
Aside from that though, this was good. Thanks for sharing it!
Author's Response: I really didn't want to put that in there either but my teacher said I couldn't write about Tolkien's if I didn't have one bad on in there. *sighs* I'm glad to know that there are people who point out mistakes to me. The relationships between the different Tolkien languages are hard to understand. Are you a Harry Potter fan, too?