On Tue, 26 Jan 1999 01:42:43 -0500, Kenji Schwarz = <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >It would be sort of interesting -- though probably wouldn't demonstrate >anything -- to find out how many people first came into conlanging = through >the influence of 'artlanging' (Tolkien, RPG stuff, etc) vs. 'auxlanging' >(Esperanto, etc.). Or both at about the same time. My interest in Tolkien only predates my interest in Esperanto by about a year or two. Star Wars was an earlier influence. But the first period of great activity in my conlang hobby = came after I started learning Esperanto and at the same time trying to learn = as much about Tolkien's languages as I could from Jim Allan's "Introduction = to Elvish" and the Book of Lost Tales. I had my own Elvish languages, but I also had languages influenced by Esperanto. Speaking of RPG's, I remember now that I once started translating a list of monsters from the AD&D Monster Manual into Esperanto. I wonder if I still have it?