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Gothic was the language of the Goths; the oldest known Germanic language, it is now extinct and left no descendants.

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. He also composed a poem, Bagme Bloma "The Flower of the Trees"

In Lord of the Rings, Tolkien used Gothic to represent the Mannish languages of Rhovanion in the Third Age; names like Vidumavi or Vidugavia are of Gothic etymology.

According to Lisa Star, Tolkien also devised a tengwar mode for Gothic is known to exist, but remain unpublished to date [1]