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BBC iWonder: Why do the Elves in The Hobbit sound Welsh?

BBC iWonder have launched a new online guide exploring the influence of Welsh and Wales on the Elvish language Sindarin and Middle-earth. It is presented by Dr Dimitra Fimi, author of Tolkien, Race and Cultural History, and features the voice of John Rhys-Davies.

The guide is broken down into the following sections:

  1. What does Welsh have to do with it?
  2. ‘More pleasing than sky’
  3. The Welsh Borders of Buckland
  4. ‘Never laugh at live dragons’
  5. Sindarin or Welsh?

BBC iWonder have also published a guide on Tolkien and the First World War.

About the Author: Daniel Helen
Daniel is an Officer without Portfolio and Trustee of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2014, he is mainly responsible for the Society's digital operations, including this website.