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TheEveningStar
05-03-04, 14:39
BIRMINGHAM, England - It's central England, not Middle Earth, but one school is offering its pupils the chance to learn Elvish.

Youngsters at Turves Green Boys' Technology College in Birmingham are being offered weekly after-hours lessons in Sindarin, a conversational form of Elvish invented by "Lord of the Rings" creator J.R.R. Tolkien and based on Welsh sounds.

Educational co ordinator Zainab Thorp said she hoped the classes would help boost the self-esteem of pupils, some of whom have learning difficulties.

"The recent success of the 'Lord of the Rings' films has increased the interest in learning Elvish," Thorp said.

"The children really enjoy it. It breaks the idea that education should simply be aimed at getting a job."

Thorp said Tolkien was an expert in ancient languages who had developed two forms of Elvish.

Sindarin was based on Welsh sounds and was the more commonly used, while Quenya, which related to Finnish, was largely a ceremonial language.

"A couple of the boys are very into role-playing games. Knowing Sindarin is useful when giving orders to their Elvish armies," Thorp said.

"It's also very useful if they want to go on to university to study, as it involves looking at some of Tolkien's old manuscripts. This develops some very complex skills."
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Turves Green, http://www.turvesgreenboys.bham.sch.uk

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Draco
05-03-04, 14:42
That is so cool... ;)

Miss60
05-03-04, 14:48
That's so cool, wish they had offered that when I was still in school....I'd definetely be in that class then :D

TheEveningStar
05-03-04, 14:49
I know! What about if it becomes a real language in the world. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif

NatEcho
05-03-04, 14:52
Cool!!

At first I thought it Elvish was to speak like Elvis... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif :rolleyes:

Miss60
05-03-04, 14:54
Isn't it just typical that all the cool things start happening in school after I've left??? :rolleyes:

Draco
05-03-04, 15:07
Originally posted by Marianne:
Isn't it just typical that all the cool things start happening in school after I've left??? :rolleyes: I know and my year was always the year before it happened... :rolleyes:

mr_croft79
05-03-04, 19:28
That is cool, I want to learn Elvish (or Elvis language) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif LOL.
;)

Geck-o-Lizard
05-03-04, 19:36
I might suggest that to some of the modern languages teachers here... They'd get a lot of willing students... ;)

Cato
05-03-04, 20:07
At first I thought it Elvish was to speak like Elvis... (Puts arm round shoulder and looks to the stars) Maybe it is, NatEcho. Maybe it is...

rogue_eclipse
05-03-04, 20:15
lol cato! I thought the same thing http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif just goes to show how I should re-read things... reminds me of the time there was that 'uma thuman wants lara...' thread. I totally misunderstood :rolleyes: http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/redface.gif

Awe I want to learn elvish too!

Rogue http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

Cato
05-03-04, 20:24
Me too! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Celli
05-03-04, 22:34
When will this obsession with LOTR end? I just do not get it...

tlr online
05-03-04, 22:49
Originally posted by Celli:
When will this obsession with LOTR end? I just do not get it...Celli. I'm betting you've never read Lord Of The Rings?

Celli
05-03-04, 23:06
I've read the Hobbit, and it was okay. I just don't see how you could love a series so much you'd want to learn an imaginery language...

MountainDewNut
06-03-04, 00:20
I wish that I had the chance to learn Elvish. It's such a cool sounding language.

tlr online
06-03-04, 00:23
Celli. The Hobbit was written for his children. Read LOTR. I think you'll be spellbound.

Draco
06-03-04, 00:24
Originally posted by Celli:
I've read the Hobbit, and it was okay. I just don't see how you could love a series so much you'd want to learn an imaginery language...It happens, Klingon in Trek, Hutt in Star Wars, British in Tomb Raider, and American in Vice City...

It's everywhere... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif