Narn Hên i-Laegrim
.: Narn Hên i-Laegrim :.
Tale of a Child of the Green Elves
It should be noted that the tale herein begins in the 3015th year of the Third Age when Legelion had but lately come of age at fifty years old.
Methlegel Feveren son of Gellin son of Echeleb Túbeng, who is known to all as Legelion, is the last born of a proud line of Laegil that came out from Ossiriand to merge with the Tawarwaith of Eryn Galen early in the Second Age of Arda.
Because he was ever eager for knowledge and always asking questions in his desire to learn more, his mother bestowed upon him the name Cethron, which means "seeker" in the Sindarin tongue.
This is his chronicle, recorded in his own hand.
Since Nandorin has declined among the Tawarwaith in the Third Age, this journal is written in pure Sindarin -- as well as he is able -- for this is the tongue spoken in the court of Thranduil the Elvenking (rather than the dialect that is now common across the Woodland Realm.) While Legelion speaks and reads Annúnaid, he finds writing it an irksome task!
"Although the dialects of the Silvan Elves, when they again met their long separated kindred, had so far diverged from Sindarin as to be hardly intelligible, little study was needed to reveal their kinship as Eldarin tongues. Though the comparison of the Silvan dialects with their own speech greatly interested the loremasters, especially those of Noldorin origin, little is now known of the Silvan Elvish. The Silvan Elves had invented no forms of writing, and those who learned this art from the Sindar wrote in Sindarin as well as they could."
- Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth, Appendix A: 'The Silvan Elves and their Speech'