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On Mon, 11 Jun 2001 21:19:55 +0200 daniel andreasson
<[log in to unmask]> writes:
> Steg Belsky wrote:
> > Ei!  Nga'ro.i-a tza'Aurdzasht-a oolu-Daraflep-ad az,
> > i okta i damet la'taur tzii kefyi umzá.

> > okta = war, a very rare word...

> Where can I read about the background of Rokbeigalmki?
> I'm having a really hard time trying to figure out
> where the words are derived from (except for _okta_
> which is quite apparent). I understand that it's
> spoken in Middle-earth by some sort of elves, but
> on the page there is only info on the language itself.
> It would for instance be interesting with some kind
> of Grand Master Plan for Rokbeigalmki and some kind
> of "internal story" à la Ardalambion's articles.
> ||| daniel
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I've been working on a new website for Rokbeigalmki, with a lot of
concultural information, for about a year now, but because of school and
various other things i haven't gotten very far.  What's already done
(although i think a little more edited than what's been uploaded) can be
found at http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~bh11744/ .  but i'm still a long
ways from writing out the cultural stuff.

So here's a synopsis right here on Conlang:

The Rokbeigalm, or Riders of the Waves (originally _^rokvmei^galm_, but
names have a habit of blurring out of transparent meaning), are a mixed
group of mostly humans and a minority of elves, who live in the southern
hemisphere of Tolkien's Middle-Earth.
They began as one ethnic unit with the Drughu/Drúedain/Púkelmen/Drûgs,
who the Rokbeigalm call the Drughkim, or Stone-carvers, back in the early
days of the Awakening of Humanity at Hildórien.  When the humans began to
spread out, the Drughkim went west overland, while the Rokbeigalm set out
south-east, into the ocean.  They (possibly because they rejected the
impulse to move West) became, as a group, taken by wanderlust, and became
semi-nomadic.  They would settle down on some island or shoreline for a
few generations, and then, as one, get back on their ships and set sail
for sometimes a decade or more before finding a new homeland.  Some time
after their culture and lifestyle had settled into routine normalcy, they
encountered a group of Avarin and Nandorin elves, who decided to join
them.  Many Proto-Elven and Nandorin words were absorbed into
Rokbeigalmki, as for the most part the elves were absorbed into
Rokbeigalmki culture.  There were also some marriages between humans and
elves.

So, when it comes to "external history", Rokbeigalmki is a-priori, but
contains 'borrowings' from Proto-Elven and Nandorin, as well as words
similar to various Middle-Earthling human languages.  So there's no Grand
Master Plan like actual Elvish-derived conlangs have.


-Stephen (Steg)
 "...i have breathed war -
  breathed blood;
  and spilled blood not my own..."
     ~ from _Sudkadme nga'Fiizhagt-a_
       ("Preceding the Time of Battle")
       by Stíígiyus (Stygius), my prototypical Rokbeigalmkidh