Saturday 10.8 at 1:30 pm at Arkadia: Omentielva Lempea, Fifth International Conference on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Invented Languages – Public Lectures

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to attend the open lectures of Omentielva Lempea, the Fifth International Conference on J.R.R. Tolkien’s languages, on Saturday 10.8 at 1:30 pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11).

Omentielva Lempea
will be held in association with Arkadia Bookshop 8.-11.8. For the duration of the conference, there will be an exhibition related to its themes. Omentielva is a biennial conference in changing locations that began in 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden. This time it is being held appropriately in Finland: the Finnish culture and language inspired the famed fantasy author and linguist J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) to create his Middle-earth legendarium and the languages thereof.

There are three public lectures held on Saturday: Books on Tolkien’s Languages (discussion led by Beregond or Anders Stenström) at 1:30 pm; “On the points of her toes”: some notes on the development of the poem “Nieninque” (held by Måns Björkman) at 2:30 pm; and On Lifehouses and Houselights and Other Encounters (Valeria Barouch) at 3:30 pm.

More information about the conference can be found at

You are all most welcome.

Warm regards,


Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome.

We use Omentielva, followed by the appropriate Quenya (Tolkien’s Finnish-based language) ordinal, as the short name for each International Conference on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Invented Languages, part of a series of biennial conferences at changing locations. Omentie was the Quenya word Tolkien used for ‘meeting’ in the legendary phrase Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo! in The Fellowship of the Ring.

The conference is held in association with Arkadia International Bookshop, as well as Töölö Parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. In conjunction with the conference a Divine Service will be held on Sunday 11.8. at 10 pm at the Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church). The Mass will be in three languages: Finnish, English and Quenya; followed by a Hobbit-style brunch for all.

The chairman of the conference is Petri Tikka from Finland. The secretary since the inception of Omentielva is Anders Stenström from Sweden, also known as Beregond (his Sindarin, Tolkien’s Welsh-based language, name).