On the Spring 2000 Quenya Course

The spring of 2000, Mellonath Daeron held a Quenya course at the premises of the Tolkien Society Forodrim in Stockholm. As textbook we used Nancy Martsch's Basic Quenya, supplemented with errata lists, and with our own papers on points where the book proved outdated. Three members of the Guild served as teachers during nine three-hour sessions, when the students had the opportunity to discuss the lessons and analyze authorial samples of Quenya.

Of the ten people starting the course, six wrote and passed the final exam, and subsequently received diplomas at the Forodrim Spring Banquet. Teachers and students alike agree that the undertaking was both instructive and fun.

For the benefit of our fellow Tolkien societies and interest-groups we now publish the syllabus followed during the course. It is our hope that it may serve as inspiration or guideline for others that wish to learn or teach the High Elven language.

Syllabus for the Mellonath Daeron Quenya course spring 2000
SessionDay ChaptersTeacher
1 Sun 23/1   Lesson 1: How to Recognize Quenya
Lesson 2: Pronunciation
Lesson 3: Simple Nouns and Verbs
Lesson 4: Adjectives
2 Sun 6/2   Lesson 5: Noun Case
Lesson 6: Verbs and Pronouns
Lesson 7: More Nouns and Pronouns
3 Sun 20/2 First test Lesson 8: Genitive Noun and Impersonal Pronoun
Lesson 9: The Cases of Location: Allative, Locative, Ablative
4 Sun 5/3   Lesson 10: More Pronouns
Lesson 11: Verb Forms
5 Sun 19/3   Lesson 12: The Last Three Noun Cases
Lesson 13: The Infinitive, Verbal Noun, and Present Participle
6 Sun 2/4 Second test Lesson 14: Past Participle and Verbal Adjective
Lesson 15: Adverb, Adjective Comparison, Numbers
7 Sun 16/4   Lesson 16: The Past Tense
Lesson 17: The Frequentive. The Verb "To Be"
8 Thurs 27/4   Lesson 22: The Tengwar Gildir
9 Sun 14/5   Lesson 18: Names and Other Things
Lesson 19: Forming Compound Words
Lesson 20: Etymology: Phonetics
Lesson 21: Etymology: Word Formation
10 Sun 28/5 Final exam