Fiona Jallings (dreamingfifi)

MisCon 30 Panel Volunteer

Author of "A Fan's Guide to Neo-Sindarin," linguist Fiona Jallings has been teaching, translating, and obsessing over Tolkien's Elven languages for the past 16 years.

As a quiet, introverted child, I've always loved building and theorizing about alternate worlds, far away from the pushy and aggressive real world. Early on, I was fascinated with language. I was doing linguistic analyses on the communication systems around me - even in Kindergarten. I mainly focused on orthographic systems (because the adults around me were really keen on my learning how to read and write) and phonology, what the orthographic systems were supposed to be representing. Mostly, I noticed that they didn't match up at all. I hated spelling because people would tell me to "sound it out", when one letter could stand for six or more different sounds! Needless to say, when I discovered Tolkien's linguistically organized Tengwar, I was enchanted.

Now I've got a degree in Linguistics. My fascination with Tolkien's work has spread to many long years intensely studying it, which lead to a website with thousands of Elvish names and phrases, and a Sindarin textbook and class.


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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Write in Tengwar!, Gallatin
    Panelists: Fiona Jallings (dreamingfifi)

    Learn how to write English using Tengwar, one of the writing systems Tolkien devised.

  • Break Sat 10:50 - Sat Noon
  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Elevate Your Dialogue, Jefferson
    Moderator: Meradeth Houston; Panelists: Matt Buscemi, Deby Fredericks, Meradeth Houston, Fiona Jallings (dreamingfifi)

    This isn't your standard dialogue panel! We know how to differentiate description associated with characters (ie: purple for Marie) but how do you truly differentiate your characters through dialogue? Is it a matter of syntax, accents, or phrasing? How do you even begin to tie different speech patterns to certain characters? This panel will be a discussion of dialects, phrases, and stylizations that can lend credibility to characterizations in fiction, RPGs, or larping.

  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Dialect In Fiction, Madison
    Panelists: Fiona Jallings (dreamingfifi)

    A discussion of dialects, phrases, and stylizations that can lend credibility to characterizations in fiction, RPGs, LARPing, or impersonations.

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