Gothic is a Germanic language of the Eastern branch (now extinct, it also included Vandalic and Burgundian) and the oldest Germanic language to be attested in writing, except runic inscriptions. It is the language of the Goths, a Germanic people probably from Sweden originally, that later divided into Wisigoths and Ostrogoths was to play a most important role during the late Antiquity, and finally settled in Spain and Italy respectively. Gothic is essentially known through a translation of the Bible made by the bishop Wulfila in the 4th century, of which important parts have come to us. It is the first language that Tolkien studied for his own pleasure, and it may have given an impulsion in the first development of Qenya. Some names from Rhovanion in the Thirs Age like Vidumavi or Vidugavia are of Gothic origin.
Atta unsar - Pater noster
Bagme bloma - Flower of the trees, a poem by J. R. R. Tolkien in a reconstructed form of Gothic.
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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