jawēlrūlre

jaweelruulre

jawēlrūlre

Line 1 of the KÄ“len Jabberwocky:

il ōrralon ñi jarewēλecāwāŋŋi ā jawēlrūlri rū jaxēwepōma āñ;

(See yesterday’s post for an introduction.)

“In the afternoon” the jawÄ“lrÅ«lri gyre and gimble around the jaxÄ“wepōma. The word jawÄ“lrÅ«lri consists of –wÄ“lr– (as in jawÄ“lre ‘circle’ and –Å«lr– which is a type of animal. I’ve always thought of jÅ«lri as lizards, or maybe snakes, or something. (Note to self: come up with a workable ecology. Yeah.) Furthermore, the word has two lr’s making it a bit of a tongue twister. Circular lizards (or circling lizards?) are my equivalent of (slithy) toves.