On Sun, 10 Apr 2005 01:03:20 -0000, mithrennaith
> I remember seeing this scene in a documentary (I believe it was used
> in several documentaries), but with Tolkien continuing to
> write 'omentielvo', then realises he has forgotten 'lúmenn'', and
> writes it above, with a pothook to indicate it ought to go
> between 'síla' and 'omentielvo'. (I don't actually know whether he
> actually spelled 'lúmenn' omentielvo', I seem to recollect that there
> was a difference).
> I also recollect the interuption by Tom Shippey, I believe the scene
> went on after that.
Yes, that sounds like the same documentary that I have on VHS (a copy,
possibly of a copy, of a recording of the documentary when it aired on
swedish television, in 1992 I think.)
After the interruption (not of Shippey, but Christopher), he continues
writing the following tengwar in the following order (with strokes in the
"natural" order and direction, unless otherwise noted): long carrier,
u-tehta (from the bottom up!), malta, anto (in one stroke), i-tehta,
e-tehta over malta, fixing up serif on anto, short carrier, i-tehta,
lambe, vala, o-tehta (from the bottom up), then hastier above siila:
lambe, double u-tehta (bottom up), malta, nuumen, e-tehta over malta.
During this he speaks: "What I do now is to, trying write, in Elvish -
[but you see,?] my writing is very inferior to the elves' - a standard
greeting [on a?] meeting: A star shines upon our meeting. [Pause. Then
when writing the lambe of omentielvo:] O lord, I made a mistake in my
mind. [Pause.] And that's, stands for "elen sila luumen omentielvo". A
very simple and rather beautiful language [I think?]."
I don't think we are dealing with a different orthography here - he simply
makes a lot of mistakes. That of luumen is of course the most striking,
but he also mixes up the dot and the stroke for e, and so also mixes up
nuumen and malta. Also note the absens of the doubling under-stroke in
luumen (in error or not).
-- Johan Winge