Omentielva Toltea

The Eighth International Conference on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Invented Languages

1–4 August 2019
University of Iceland and Gröndalshús, Reykjavik

Chairman: Miriam Mayburd
Secretary: Beregond, Anders Stenström
Treasurer: Bill Welden

Omentielva thanks Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature for generously sponsoring us with the free use of Gröndalshús as an atmospheric programme venue.


Registered participants



At the University of Iceland At Gröndalshús At Capital-Inn Hostel
Thursday 4 p.m. Opening of the conference
Introduction to the programme, and practical information
  430 p.m. Szymon Pindur: The One Ring Verse: A Psycholinguistic Approach    
  630 p.m.   dinner  
  8 p.m.   Miriam Mayburd: Chairman's Address  
  830 p.m.   Aiya Arcastar lambengolmoron ancalima! : Capturing the Light from the Brightest of Philologists (panel conversation with Szymon Pindur, held by Christopher Gilson)  
Friday from 7 a.m.     breakfast
— bus from Kringlan 8:21
  840 a.m. Bertrand Bellet: How European is Elvish? A Typological Survey of Quenya and Sindarin Based upon the World Atlas of Language Structures    
  940 a.m. Christopher Gilson: “Unrecorded” Germanic: An Art-language for England    
  1040 a.m. Alexander Zapryagaev (in absentia): Nómessen Lúmessenye Veryandion: On the “in front/at back”, “before/after” Relationships in Eldarin    
  1140 a.m. Ármann Jakobsson: Welcome to a Tolkien-reader's Iceland    
  1230 a.m. lunch    
  130 p.m. Tour to see Icelandic manuscripts and unpublished letters by Tolkien, led by Miriam Mayburd;    
  – 530 p.m. when back from the tour, time to air any remaining questions on the morning's papers    
  630 p.m.   dinner  
  8 p.m.   Practical Quenya (led by Janna Carleson)  
Saturday     breakfast
— bus from Kringlan 8:38
  9 a.m.   Beregond, Anders Stenström: Phonotactic Preferences Revisited Again (work in progress)  
  10 a.m.   Roman Rausch (in absentia): Rank-frequency Distributions of Phonemes in Natural and Constructed Languages (Elvish, Esperanto, Klingon, Na'vi, Dothraki)  
  11 a.m.   Paul Strack: Vocalization of Spirants in Sindarin and Noldorin  
  12 a.m.   Tsukusu Jinn Itó (in absentia): An Onomastic Observation of the Names for Melkor  
  1245 p.m.   lunch  
  2 p.m.   Måns Björkman: Almost Certainly Almaida: An Investigation of Númenor's Lost City-name  
  3 p.m.   Obscure Names in Elvish (seminar led by Beregond)  
  4 p.m.   John Garth (in absentia): Shorthand Signalling: A New Source for Tengwar?  
  5 p.m.   Eldamar — A Pan-script Font (report by Måns Björkman)  
  630 p.m.   festive dinner  
  8 p.m.   Elvish Poets' Circle (led by Petri Tikka)  
Sunday     breakfast
— checkout before 11 a.m.
  1245 a.m.   lunch  
  2 p.m.   The Future: we will take thought of the Omentielvar in 2021 and 2023  
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