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Arktik (or Arctic[1]) was the language spoken by the folk of the North Pole: the Red Elves, the Polar Bear, and others.[2]

A sample of Arktik is seen in one of the letters: Mára mesta an ni véla tye ento, ya rato nea which translates as "Good-bye until I see you next, and I hope it will be soon."

[edit] Inspiration

Although the Letters from Father Christmas are not part of the legendarium, the known sample of Arktik written by Tolkien is actually Qenya, which he had developed by then.[3]

Tolkien linguists sometimes refer to it as Arctic Q(u)enya.[4][5]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Baillie Tolkien (ed.), Letters from Father Christmas, "Christmas 1937"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Baillie Tolkien (ed.), Letters from Father Christmas, "November 1929"
  3. Helge Fauskanger, "The Quenya Corpus", Ardalambion (accessed 9 December 2016)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Notes on Óre" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 41, July 2000, p. 16; J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part One" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 47, February 2005, p. 40
  5. Ryszard Derdzinski, "Tolkien's Linguistic Writings and Drafts", (accessed 9 December 2016)