Counting in Tonk

I cannot imagine why you would want to know this. I needed to know it, though, and have just had to go through it again. So thought I’d share. Here is counting in Tonk.

0 – ip
1 – dai
2 – rai
3 – vai
4 – roi
5 – shet
6 – fyn
7 – kyn
8 – nosa
9 – kel
10 – ta
11 – ta-dai
12 – ta-rai
13 – ta-vai
… and so on.

20 is ro, 30 is vo, 40 is ran, 50 is shan, 60 is fynan, 70 is kynan, 80 is nosan, 90 is kelan. Hundreds are cet, so that 100 is tacet, 200 rocet, etc.. Thousands are haal in the same manner that hundreds are cet, ten thousands are tahaal, hundred thousands are cethaal. If you have to count beyond the hundred thousands, you’re probably not Tonk.

As a final couple of examples, 335 would be vocet-vo-shet, and 4289 would be roihaal-rocet-nosan-kel.

More than you ever wanted to know, I know. But too nerdy for me not to pass on. I love stuff like this. I was one of the people who memorized Tolkien’s glossaries.

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4 comments… add one
  • PolarBear Oct 18, 2005 @ 15:46

    Can you really define a normal family, though?

  • scottbryan Oct 18, 2005 @ 15:35

    Tolkien’s glossary

    Remember Lin Carter’s “Behind the Lord of the Rings”? My kids have been pestering me for years about all the inaccuracies. Considering it was written _years_ before any post-LOTR books it wasn’t that bad.

    In normal families they discuss dinosaur rock v. rap, etc… Not mine.

  • PJ Oct 18, 2005 @ 15:22

    Reminded me of counting in Korean in Tae Kwon Do class. 😉 Maybe you should put an entire glossary for yourself in PDF format here so it’s always available!

  • PolarBear Oct 18, 2005 @ 13:52

    Since you keep having to do this, now you have an easy reference–even if you’re at the library working. 🙂

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