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In wikipedia there's a mention of scholarly debate about racism in Tolkien's works, which I find really interesting. Here's what is said:
"Christine Chism distinguishes accusations as falling into three categories: intentional racism, unconscious Eurocentric bias, and an evolution from latent racism in Tolkien's early work to a conscious rejection of racist tendencies in his late work.
Tolkien expressed disgust at what he acknowledged as racism and once wrote of racial segregation in South Africa, "The treatment of colour nearly always horrifies anyone going out from Britain.""
Has anyone here read this article by Christine Chism in J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia? I haven't but I'd love to.
vanima means fair or beautiful
-lda is an ending meaning 'your'
namárië means farewell
I also found this explanation from a Quenya-English wordlist found on this site http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/wordlists.htm
"vanimelda adj., said to be “the highest word of praise for beauty”, with two interpretations that were apparently considered equally valid and simultaneously true: “beautiful and beloved” (vanima + melda, with haplology), i.e. “movingly lovely”, but also “elven-fair” (fair as an Elf) (vanima + elda). The word was also used as the second name of Arwen."
Does that mean the Elves are Ewoks? o.0 xD
Naq va gur obbx jura Cvccva ybbxf vagb gur Cnynagve vg'f abg lrg xabja jung vg vf. Fb, jura Cvccva ybbxf vagb vg gurer vf ab xabjvat jung vf tbvat gb unccra be vs nalguvat vf. Xabjvat gung gur Cnynagve vf n qrivpr sbe pbzzhavpngvba naq pbaarpgrq gb Fnheba jvyy punatr gur fhfcrafr va gung fprar.
Oh, Gandalf! You were magnificent to the last.
I have to admit that one of the things I'm most excited about in the Hobbit movies is seeing Gandalf again. Gandalf the Grey with his blue hat in the Shire luring a Hobbit into an adventure!