Hark! From afar, distant voices with fell news

This is just beyond superb. You know how a worldwide community of Tolkien geeks have been working out the grammar and vocabulary of Sindarin, the language of the Grey Elves in the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

Well, one fan recently figured out a few useful phrases to use at Tolkien fan conventions. My favorite:

“Luithio lin palanlamath” = “turn off your cell phones”
lit. “Quench your far-voices”

The universe simply does not get any better than this.

(Thanks to Misha for finding this one!)

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