A Quote in Elvish

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Need a meaningful quote translated into Sindarin, Quenya, or Adûnaic? Or do you want it transliterated into Cirth or Tengwar? Or do you want both? You’re in the right place!

The price is per the sentence.

Don’t forget to describe your translation project in your order’s note!

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Need a meaningful quote translated into Sindarin, Quenya, or Adûnaic? Or do you want it transliterated into Cirth or Tengwar? Or do you want both? You’re in the right place!

If you’re new to Tengwar, check out these articles:
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How this will work:

First, I (your translator, Fiona Jallings) will make sure I have a firm understanding of the quote. I’ll send you questions if I have them. The most common things I ask about are little grammatical things, like how Elven languages have up to six words for “we” and at least two words for “you.” Sometimes I’ll ask about different approaches to a translation, since translating isn’t a one-to-one equivalency, and there can be multiple ways to communicate an idea. We’ll discuss this in the e-mails we exchange. Sometimes my website’s e-mail address gets automatically sorted into the spam folder, so keep an eye out for any correspondence from RealElvish.net!

Second, now that the translation is nailed down, I’ll transliterate it into the writing system you chose using the font you selected.

Lastly, I’ll send you the completed PDF. It will include any translation notes I deem necessary to help you have a thorough understanding of the translation, and any other grammatical break-downs you request. I love sharing knowledge about Tolkien’s languages, so if you want an interlinear gloss of the quote, I will be happy to oblige! The PDF is the best for getting high detail on the text and for printing, but if you’d like another file type, I’ll see what I can do!

Available Languages:

I’ll use the appropriate dialect for the writing system you choose.

  • Quenya – The language of the Elves of Valinor, and of the Noldorin Exiles. It’s also used as a ceremonial language in the Númenórean kingdoms, like Gondor.
  • Sindarin – The Lingua-Franca of the Elves of Middle-earth. It’s also used as a language of the courts of the Númenórean kingdoms, like Gondor.
  • Adûnaic – The language of the Númenóreans. This language has only a limited amount of vocabulary and grammar that is known, so the translation you request might not be possible.

Available Writing Systems

  • Tengwar, General Use (also called Classical Mode when used to write Quenya). This mode of Tengwar has the vowels as little marks over the tops of the consonants. You can see an example of this on the bottom ribbon of decoration on the title page of Lord of the Rings, or on the One Ring. It’s used to write English, Sindarin, Quenya, Black Speech, and Adûnaic.
  • Tengwar, Northern Variety/Mode of Beleriand. This is the mode of Tengwar that has the vowels as individual letters, not marks over the tops of the letters. You can see an example of this on the door of Moria. It’s used to write English and Sindarin.
  • Cirth/Dwarvish Runes. This writing system is native to the Sindarin Elves, but was adopted by the Dwarves to write their own language. You can see an example of this on the top ribbon of decoration on the title page of Lord of the Rings, and the inscription on Balin’s tomb. It’s used to write English and Sindarin.

Popular Fonts:

These are the fonts I like to work with. I have pretty much every Tengwar font available on the internet, but these ones I prefer for their beauty and readability.

Tengwar Telcontar by Johan Winge
Beautiful and easy to read, this elegant font is my all-time favorite. It looks like the band of Tengwar on the title page of Lord of the Rings, and it flows together beautifully.
quote-telcontar

Tengwar Annatar (Italic) by Johan Winge
Also beautiful and easy to read when not in Italics, this is the fandom’s all-time favorite. It looks like the tengwar on the One Ring, like Sauron’s personal handwriting.
quote-annatar

Tengwar Noldor by Dan Smith
Sharp and angular, this stately font looks like a something from a Gothic text.
quote-noldor

Tengwar Parmaite by Måns Björkman
Strong and elegant, this font is easy to read and looks like it was written by a deft Elven hand.
quote-parmaite

Tengwar Gothika by Enrique Mombello
Thorny and elegant, this is one of the classic early Tengwar fonts.
quote-gothika

Cirth Erebor by Dan Smith
This is only game in town for Cirth. Luckily, it’s a good game. It’s beautiful, elegant, and strong.
quote-erebor

Additional information

Language

Quenya, Sindarin, Adûnaic, N/A

Writing System

Tengwar, General Use/Classical Mode, Tengwar, Northern Variety/Mode of Beleriand, Cirth/Dwarvish Runes, N/A

Font

Tengwar Telcontar, Tengwar Annatar in Italics, Tengwar Gothika, Tengwar Noldor, Tengwar Parmaite, Cirth Erebor, N/A

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