- Oct 20, 2000I just recently started writing in tengwar, and I'm totally
fascinated by it. But I haven't been able to find a whole lot of
information on some of its finer points. I downloaded Dan Smith's
fonts, which are amazing btw, and the help file he wrote to go with
them. One question I had is about using a downward hook on the back
of a letter. In one section of the help file, Dan mentions that the
down-curl indicates that an aspirant "h" is added to the sound.
Other information I've read says that the down curl is a
following "s" sound, and in reading things like the title page
inscriptions in the LotR, Unfinished Tales, and the Shaping of Middle
Earth books, this is what JRR and C Tolkien seem to use it for.
Also, there are two different kinds of down hooks included in the
font. One type extends horizontally from the tengwa and curls either
up or down. The other type projects down and left from the
character, and has a little right or left hook on it. Is there a
difference between these two types of curls? The tengwar font help
file is a bit ambiguous; in one place the horizontal curls are said
to indicate a following aspirant, but then the extended character map
calls them "s-curls."
Can anyone help clear up the confusion? Thanks so much!
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