Learn how to write and speak in elvish!

The elf alphabet in the Lord of the Rings is not really as hard to use as most web sites make it seem. Actually, it's pretty easy! Here are the first steps in learning to write the flowing, mysterious language of Tolkien. 

The symbols below are used to form the elvish alphabet. The most important thing is that vowels go above (or below) the consonants. That's what the gray arrows signify in the alphabet shown below. The up arrows mean that that vowel is placed either above the letter to its left (Quenya style - see A), or to its right (Sindarian style  - see B). If there are no consonants to the left, a long, undotted "J"  (long vowlel) or an undotted "I" (short vowel) is used (see C). On this website, I mostly use Quenya style. You may prefer the Sindarian kind, though. A line above a letter signifies a nasal n or m following it, and a line below a letter means that it is doubled, as in "Bernadette", you would use only one "t", and put a line over that rune.

(Example A; below, which says Jack. (Quenya style))

(Example B; below, which also says Jack. (Sindarian style))

(Below is example C, which says "elf".)

These are some of the combinations used, for one letter instead of two.

Here is an example.

1. Write the name: ANDY.

2. Shift the vowels. The Y goes down and to the left. Since the letter A has no consonant to slide above, it goes on a placeholder stand.

3. Make letter combinations using the supplementary letters: N + D = ND.

4. Substitute the letters. The vowel placeholder is a short straight line. The nasal N preceding D is denoted by a straight line above the D.












This information is taken from another website, called Star Chamber, by Ned GullyBack to LOTR Home