Noldorin is the predecessor of Sindarin in the course of Tolkien’s life. The ultimate ancestor of Sindarin is a language called Gnomish, then conceived as a language developed in Middle-earth by the exiled Noldor (or Gnomes) from the ancient language they spoke in Valinor. Despite some continuity in inspiration, it is quite distinct in from and structure. Tolkien began to elaborate Gnomish in 1917 and went on with it during the 1920s. Yet eventually he started this project anew and renamed it “Noldorin” – the linguistic scenario however remained more or less unchanged. Only when he wrote the appendices to The Lord of the Rings did he deeply transform the history of the language: and Noldorin, a bit modified in the structure it had then reached, became Sindarin.
– A poem published in The
Monsters and the Critics
, p. 217.
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