Lord of the Rings Online

The Tengwar was originally developed by the Noldor, a kindred of the Eldar, and went through several versions before it was introduced by the exiled Noldor to the Edain and Númenoreans as The Tengwar of Fëanor and thus became known as The Fëanorian Letters.

The Tengwar were the letters which the Elves, and some Human scribes, used. Each region or culture had different "modes" of writing, assigning some slightly different values to the letters. It is entirely possible, and fun, to use the Tengwar to write English.

In game, the devs have shown a fondness for converting English to a phonetic spelling, then scribing the phonemes in Tengwar (or sometimes the dwarvish runes called the Angerthas). This is commonly seen in the glowing runes scribed in the air by various magic-using classes in the game.

The Quenya language had some unusual phonemes and totally lacked others common to Sindarin. Where Tolkien notated such differences we display it as (Q: ).

2I5andod (Q:nd)gate
II6umbarb (Q:mb)fate
III7angaj(g) (Q:ng)iron
IV8ungweg(gw) (Q:ngw)spider's web
3I9thúle (súle)thspirit
III11aha (harma)sh(hk)rage (treasure)
4I13antodh (Q:nt)mouth
II14ampav (Q:nk)hook
III15ancavh(gh) (Q:nqu)jaws
5I17núniennWest (healing)
III19noldo "one of the kindred of the Noldor"
IV20nwalme torment
6I21óre untrilled rheart (inner mind)
II22valaw (Q:v)angelic power
III23annaconsonantal ygift
IV24vilya air, sky
25rómentrilled rEast
26ardarh (Q:rd)region
28aldalh (Q:ld)tree
30silma nuquernasopposite of starlight
31áre (áze)zsunlight
32áre nuquernazopposite of sunlight
34hwesta sindarinwaw(hw)
short a
short e
short i
short o
short u
long a
long e
long i
long o
long u
blank space used to separate words
one sign used to end a sentence
one sign used to end a paragraph or document

About Vowels - In Quenya vowels were drawn above the consonant they follow (as Quenya had very few words that started with a vowel). Sindarin was the opposite, but both allowed the use of a tehta (sign) which J.R.R.T. referred to as a short carrier. The most commonly-drawn form of this short carrier looked like an un-dotted i (short vowels) or j (long vowels) and the vowel could be placed over it. The scribes of Gondor used this tehta almost exclusively, very rarely placing vowels above consonants. All three practices are valid and, because it is easier to do in wiki-code, we choose to follow the scribes of Gondor here.

Disclaimer: The Etymology of language, and its use, was Tolkien's field of expertise and his appendices describing the languages of Middle-earth were written by a scholar to other scholars. As such, unless we also happen to be an Etymologist, we can barely hope to fully understand his meaning. We are doing the best we can.

This page last modified 2010-09-08 12:05:46.