Welsh - Cymraeg - belongs to the Brythonic branch of Celtic language; closely akin to Breton and Cornish, it is used by more than half a million people in Wales. It is written since the 7th or even the 6th century, making it one of the earliest modern tongues in Europe. Tolkien wrote in the essay English and Welsh published in the collection The Monsters and the Critics that he specially liked the sound of Welsh, and this language provided the chief inspiration for the branch of his invented languages that yielded Sindarin.
Ein Tad - Pater noster
Henffych well Mair - Ave Maria
Gogoniant i'r Tad - Gloria Patri
Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed (extract) - Pwyll prince of Dyfed, beginning of the first of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi, a collection of tales in Middle Welsh
Quotations of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Édouard Kloczko, Christopher Gilson, Patrick Wynne, Rhona Beare, Thomas Alan Shippey, Charles Kennedy, Elaine Treharne, André Crépin, Régis Boyer, François-Xavier Dillmann, Gabriel Rebourcet, Keith Bosley, Pierre-Yves Lambert, Gwyn Jones, Thomas Jones are under the copyright of their publishers.
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