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Old 04-07-2008, 10:33 AM   #1
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Just how do you pronounce Aul's Valarin Name

I'vve been wondering for a while. Just how do you pronounce A3lz?
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:48 PM   #2
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Perhaps you can puzzle it out from HERE (The Ardalambion Site).

& you can try emailing the author of the site; he's a helpful guy.

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"The tongues and voices of the Valar are great and stern," Rmil of Tirion wrote, "and yet also swift and subtle in movement, making sounds that we find hard to counterfeit; and their words are mostly long and rapid, like the glitter of swords, like the rush of leaves in a great wind or the fall of stones in the mountains." Pengolodh is less lyrical, and also less courteous: "Plainly the effect of Valarin upon Elvish ears was not pleasing." (WJ:398) Valarin employed many sounds that were alien to the Eldarin languages.
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Old 04-08-2008, 09:18 PM   #3
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I believe the special 'g' that's often rendered '3' represents a voiced back spirant - something like the 'ch' in 'Bach' or 'Chanukah' but with the vocal chords vibrating (like the 'gh' in Klingon 'gagh' if you're a Trekkie).

The vowels are undoubtedly supposed to be the continental pronunciation - 'a' as in 'father', 'u' as in 'rule', 'e' like the vowel in 'late'. The circumflexes (actually, I think Tolkien used macrons in Valarin) indicate the 'quantity' or length of the vowel.

The 'l' and 'z' are probably just like English.

That's my best guess, anyway.
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Old 04-09-2008, 04:36 AM   #4
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:40 AM   #5
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From VT (and from the same text that mentions Aʒūlēz).

'The former presence of initial g could be detected by the comparison of, say, Q. alda 'tree' with T. galla, and the process of loss be deduced from the spelling in the old Rmilian script ʒalda (using an initial sign which was known by tradition among the loremasters to have represented the open back spirant).' JRRT

That's from Quendi And Eldar Appendix D published in Vinyar Tengwar 39. In Return of the King it is noted: 'gh in the Black Speech and Orcish represents a 'back spirant' (related to g as dh to d); as in ghsh and agh.'

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