All About Elvish Writing and Language

By Ozzy Mirza
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Sep 27th, 2010
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Without getting in to the debate of whether there really is a species somewhere in close proximity to Middle Earth that uses the elvish language or not, we are here to explore the hype & intrigue that surrounds elvish writing. We’ve witnessed various calligraphic renditions of the elvish font & elvish words giving birth to a whole new art in the shape of elvish tattoos. When we get to so much of the elvish handwriting (Quenya) around us, we should (try to) be familiar with its origins.

First off, the intrigue & curiosity that surrounds elvish quotes starts off with the arrival of “Lord of the Rings” in movie theaters. This was the time when movie lovers got obsessed with the notion of wanting to learn the Tengwar language; the mother of elvish writing. We’re all aware that Tengwar isn’t a real language that a current civilization in the world today. So we need to dig up the source of the elvish alphabet; where does Tengwar actually come from?

Important Names in Elvish Writing

The man who started to build the elvish writing is none other than J. R. R. Tolkien. In addition to Tengwar, there are various other languages pertaining to the vicinity of Middle Earth that are Tolkien’s brain child. The Elves from ‘Lord of the Rings’ communicated and corresponded with each other using Tengwar; this is how it earned its moniker of “Elvish”. They would use it at various ceremonies and for official anointments. Somehow, the Elves never needed a dictionary to write things down in Tengwar. And that is both a plus and a minus because an elvish dictionary doesn’t exist in real. As cool as it would have been to be able to write elvish poetry, the dictionary doesn’t exist.

But there are numerous internet based entities that are extending their services with elvish translation. Some of these consultants can translate text-to-text and others can even do longer inscriptions. They can also assist you in becoming proficient yourself with the elvish language. It will be the same as learning any other new language but the good thing is, the elvish alphabet flow from left to right; the same horizontal arrangement as English.

Elvish Language, Fonts and Elvish Words

Without getting in to the debate of whether there really is a species somewhere in close proximity to Middle Earth that uses the elvish language or not, we are here to explore the hype & intrigue that surrounds elvish writing. We’ve witnessed various calligraphic renditions of the elvish font & elvish words giving birth to a whole new art in the shape of elvish tattoos. When we get to so much of the elvish handwriting (Quenya) around us, we should (try to) be familiar with its origins.

History and Origin of Elvish Writing

First off, the intrigue & curiosity that surrounds elvish quotes starts off with the arrival of “Lord of the Rings” in movie theaters. This was the time when movie lovers got obsessed with the notion of wanting to learn the Tengwar language; the mother of elvish writing. We’re all aware that Tengwar isn’t a real language that a current civilization in the world today. So we need to dig up the source of the elvish alphabet; where does Tengwar actually come from?

The man who started to build the elvish writing is none other than J. R. R. Tolkien. In addition to Tengwar, there are various other languages pertaining to the vicinity of Middle Earth that are Tolkien’s brain child. The Elves from ‘Lord of the Rings’ communicated and corresponded with each other using Tengwar; this is how it earned its moniker of “Elvish”. They would use it at various ceremonies and for official anointments. Somehow, the Elves never needed a dictionary to write things down in Tengwar. And that is both a plus and a minus because an elvish dictionary doesn’t exist in real. As cool as it would have been to be able to write elvish poetry, the dictionary doesn’t exist.

But there are numerous internet based entities that are extending their services with elvish translation. Some of these consultants can translate text-to-text and others can even do longer inscriptions. They can also assist you in becoming proficient yourself with the elvish language. It will be the same as learning any other new language but the good thing is, the elvish alphabet flow from left to right; the same horizontal arrangement as English.

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Ozzy Mirza
For the first 2 decades of life, Ozzy lived a nomadic life; growing up in different countries, interacting with various cultures, gaining exposure to numerous lifestyles. His inscriptions reflect the blend of it all; versatility & candidness meet paper & pen.

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