I have long had the desire to follow in the footsteps of the famous J.R.R Tolkien and create my own detailed fantasy world, a project I have been pursuing for the past 3 and a half years (or more). This world I have dubbed Entachan, and I have already written many attempts at stories set in this land, as well as vast amounts of its history. But telling its history would be rather stupid as it is very long, and tends to change regularly depending on what I think is best as it gets continuously refined and redone. So its history will not be put down here, save a few notes. This post is about the languages of the races of Entachan, and one language in particular: Telari.
Telari is the core elven tongue around which three others are based, each one spoken by a separate kindred of the elves. Telari is the first language that I have actually made, that is practical, and has a proper grammar system to back it up. That is what separates it by far from the other attempts I have made over the years, which are no more than a bunch of random words that sound good, chucked together and given a funny name. Telari does still have a few weaknesses, the main one being I’m not a linguist; as I’m only 15, so I don’t really know how a language should be properly set out, but this is the best I can do at the moment.
Telari is quite old, dating back to around 6500 BC when the elves first appeared on the various continents. Why and how they appeared I don’t really want to explain right now, so just take it, that they were placed on Earth by a very powerful being. Telari was created almost immediately by the elves as a means of communication, but was a rather primitive form of tongue which would be refined over the centuries. The form of Telari presented here, is what the elves regarded as their common language from about 4000 BC all the way to the present day.
I’ve only created a small number of words and few grammar rules, but I hope to add to Telari over time, as I expand and (one day) complete it.
Current Telari-English Translations
Light-Tune Stone-Nepa Bread-Manë Day-Lena Plane-Menel
Dark-Kar Tree-Melia Drink-Comun Night-Kata Male-Elëp
Death-Yas Fire-Cera Walk-Leprë Folk/people-Teram Female-Shalëp
Life-Prela Ice-Kest Run-Lasta Silver-Shës Bush/shrub-Nelit
Hot-Eao Love-Melena/Epto Move-Epe Folk/people-Teram Thorn/sharp-Celit
Cold-Frest Hate-Neran Stop/still-Frena Silver-Shës Language-Tesel
Water-Ques Tall-Berat Good-Omdë Gold-Eane Hello- Avari Deltori
Earth-Messa Short-Nust Bad-Lucë Woodland-Telai Goodbye- Marvi Deltori
Livestock (male) – Nadar Livestock (female) – Nadara Can you-Gremen
Can I-Fremen Drink (as in to drink)-Cel Eat-Brak
In addition to these words, I have also created several rules of grammar which dictate how the language functions.
To express owner ship of a noun, add ‘a’ to the end of the noun which is owned by the preceding noun or pronoun. If the word already ends in a, then it becomes ea.
Nuster meliea (the dwarf’s tree)
Rambra manëa (the man’s bread)
To express something against someone e.g. love, hate, appreciate add n to the start of the word. If the word starts with an n already, then add an i.
Nepto (I love you)
Ineran (I hate you)
Ineran (I hate you)
Using a similar method you can express what you think of someone by making the n en. If as before the word starts with an n, make the addition ei.
Enberat (I think you are tall)
Finally I have also created one of the several alphabets used with Telari; the Ges. The Ges was created during a time period when the elves had united under one banner and had formed a very powerful empire. The Ges was made so that the elves would have a single united alphabet, since at the time they used many alphabets, not all of which were commonly known. I’d like to ask now that my poor hand-writing be excused as I had to draw these letters by hand.
|What it actually says, from left to right. Vowels, Combinations, Grammatical Note: sentences must also start with [three symbols], The Ges as used by the elves of Entachan from late BC to mid AD, consonants.|
Well that’s about it as far as Telari goes at the moment. I hope you have all enjoyed reading what I have made thus far, and if anyone wants to see more in the future, please comment and say so.
Finally as this is a wargaming blog, here are a few of the things that I have done since my last post:
|I have also started to work on a few heroes, who are all from the Caesar miniatures adventurers box set. From left to right they are: Gandalf the Grey, Aragorn, Eomer, Eowyn (she may be a little difficult to pick out).|My complete 1/72nd Middle-earth force, the rangers painted by my dad, the command base, Théoden, and two bases of Rohan infantry. I plan to have four bases of Rohan infantry, two bases of archers, and three bases of riders.
|I don't think I had these two big fellas before-hand.|
That’s all from me for now, Marvi Deltori! (Look it up)