Gothic was the first language that J.R.R. Tolkien studied for his own pleasure, and it may have given an impulsion in the first development of Qenya. Tolkien even attempted to reconstruct some parts of the language and such elements survived in Taliska, the language he created for the Edain of the First Age. He also composed a full poem, Bagme Bloma "The Flower of the Trees" in Gothic.
 Gothic names in Tolkien's legendarium
Since in The Lord of the Rings Old English represents Rohirric, Tolkien used Gothic to represent the earlier language of the Northmen of Rhovanion in accordance to the similarity between these languages. As a consequence, the names of the early kings and princes of the Northmen are of Gothic origin.
However, in reality Old English was not directly related to Gothic as the way Rohirric was to Northern; therefore Tolkien's simulation does not reflect exactly the relationship between these languages but rather their similarity.
Tolkien also used names of Gothic and Frankish origin for first-names of old Hobbit families, especially those of Fallowhide origin, such as the Tooks and the Bolgers. In addition, Tolkien also used the names Roderic, Alaric, Theodoric and Athanaric in the earliest version of the Brandybuck family tree, which are of Gothic origin.
 See also
- Gothic language at Wikipedia
-  Miryam Librán Moreno: J.R.R. Tolkien and Jordanes. Some resemblances in spiritual outlook
- Texts and sound samples at Glǽmscrafu, including some texts by Tolkien
- ↑ Lisa Star, "A List of Tolkien's Unpublished and Slightly Published Manuscripts" dated 1 August 2002, Tyalie Tyelellieva website (archived) (accessed 2 January 2012)
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", "Notes", note 6
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation", eleventh paragraph
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "III. The Family Trees", Brandybuck of Buckland, p. 99
- ↑ Miryam Librán Moreno: J.R.R. Tolkien and Jordanes, Littera Aperta 1 (2013), p. 65