Welsh – Cymraeg – belongs to the Brythonic branch of Celtic language; it is closely akin to Breton and Cornish. It is spoken by more than half a million people, mainly in Wales. It is written since the 7th or even the 6th century, making it one of the earliest modern tongues in Europe. Tolkien revealed in the essay English and Welsh published in the collection The Monsters and the Critics that he especially liked the sound and style of Welsh. It provided the chief inspiration for the branch of his invented languages that yielded Sindarin.
English and Welsh
– Welsh words quoted by Tolkien in this essay published in The Monsters and the Critics
Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed
– Pwyll prince of Dyfed
beginning of the first of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi
collection of tales in Middle Welsh.
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