Ever wanted to write your name in Elvish?
I always admired Tolkien’s fabricated languages; especially the Elven ones, Quenya and Sindarin, which are based on two of the most beautiful sounding tongues in the world; Finnish, and Welsh. But I’ve been really taken in by the strange beauty of Tengwar, written Elvish, and the rather clever way in which it can be used to write almost any words you can think of.
I must admit I’ve gotten quite obsessed with transliteration this week. I started with a poem I wrote a while back which a friend translated into Elvish for me; then I started transliterating names. It’s an oddly addictive hobby, and one that you can pick up quite quickly as there is a lot of good information out there.
If you fancy trying it yourself, here’s how you do it.
Morning comes, yet all is dark
Over the plain of the Pellenor Fields
Rohan has emptied its men and its steeds
Noble men riding against evil
And in a dark cave in the Morgul Vale
Eärendil’s star shines into the black
Under the shadow, mist and despair
The flagging hopes of mankind
Under the sun, the battle finished
Let kin asundered be apart no more
For in a dark where all lights go out
Eärendil’s light has come again