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The '''''[[Ósanwe]]-[[centa|kenta]]''''', or "Enquiry into the Communication of Thought", is a manuscript by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]]. It was  written in c. [[1959]]-[[1960|60]] as a typescript of eight pages and was published in {{VT|39}}. A related manuscript, "Etymological Notes on the ''Ósanwe-kenta''", was published in {{VT|41}}.
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The '''''[[Ósanwe]]-[[centa|kenta]]''''', or "Enquiry into the Communication of Thought", is a summary by an unnamed editor of a longer treatise by [[Pengolodh]] of [[Gondolin]].
 
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In the framework of the [[legendarium]] of [[Middle-earth]], the text is a summary by an unnamed editor of a longer treatise by [[Pengolodh]] of [[Gondolin]].
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The subject-matter is '''''[[sanwe-latya]]''''' ([[Quenya]] for "thought-opening", but better translated as "telepathy"). Pengolodh included it as an appendix to the ''[[Lhammas]]'' because of the implications of ''[[tengwesta]]'' ("grammar, language") on thought-transmission, i.e. with the development of language, telepathy became more difficult and all but fell out of use among the "incarnated" (those beings with ''[[hröa]]'').
 
The subject-matter is '''''[[sanwe-latya]]''''' ([[Quenya]] for "thought-opening", but better translated as "telepathy"). Pengolodh included it as an appendix to the ''[[Lhammas]]'' because of the implications of ''[[tengwesta]]'' ("grammar, language") on thought-transmission, i.e. with the development of language, telepathy became more difficult and all but fell out of use among the "incarnated" (those beings with ''[[hröa]]'').
 
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==Other versions of the legendarium==
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The essay was written in c. [[1959]]-[[1960|60]] by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] as a typescript of eight pages and was published in {{VT|39}}. A related manuscript, "Etymological Notes on the ''Ósanwe-kenta''", was published in {{VT|41}}.
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Revision as of 13:28, 29 November 2019

The Ósanwe-kenta, or "Enquiry into the Communication of Thought", is a summary by an unnamed editor of a longer treatise by Pengolodh of Gondolin.

The subject-matter is sanwe-latya (Quenya for "thought-opening", but better translated as "telepathy"). Pengolodh included it as an appendix to the Lhammas because of the implications of tengwesta ("grammar, language") on thought-transmission, i.e. with the development of language, telepathy became more difficult and all but fell out of use among the "incarnated" (those beings with hröa).

Other versions of the legendarium

The essay was written in c. 1959-60 by J.R.R. Tolkien as a typescript of eight pages and was published in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 39, July 1998. A related manuscript, "Etymological Notes on the Ósanwe-kenta", was published in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 41, July 2000.