Re: [elfling] Newbie
- Teithant Frances:
>So my question is: which font(s) do folks hereI don't (can't) use the available Tengwar fonts; I rely on calligraphy.
>prefer, and why?
I am, however, familiar with the fonts out there and can offer my own
opinions. There are at least two that should be avoided: Tengwar Gandalf
and Lothlorien. The characters of Tengwar Gandalf are just badly done
(I can't get past the backwards lambe!), and those of Lothlorien are
sloppy ... of varying height and angle.
Now for the good fonts. If you want a good representation of Formal Book
Hand (the style Tolkien most frequently used), there are three good
choices: Måns Björkman's Tengwar Parmaite, Dan Smith's Tengwar
Sindarin, and for those who use TeX, Julian Bradfield has a nice
Metafont Tengwar font. Mike Urban has a Metafont as well, basically
formal book hand with rather quirky tehtar ... not bad. If you want
something more decorative, Dan Smith's Tengwar Noldor is an attractive
pointed style font. Moroma (forgive me ... I can't remember who designed
it) is another interesting calligraphic style. Harri Perälä's
Tengwar Cursive is based on the flowing script of the One Ring's
inscription and is quite eye-catching. For simplicity and clarity, it's
hard to beat Dan Smith's Tengwar Quenya. Ivan Derzhanski has designed a
couple of Metafont sets that show what the Tengwar might have become in
modern times had they kept evolving: Tengwar with Roman-style straight
stems, serifs and kerns ... uh, different! So it depends on what you're
looking for. If you want something like the Tengwar used in the English
modes of the Title Page Inscription and of the King's Letter, I would
recommend either Tengwar Parmaite or Tengwar Sindarin.
Cuio mae, Danny.
- Hi Danny, Thanks for the detailed and comprehensive info on
Tengwar fonts. I agree with you as to apearances. Sadly I don't
really like *any* of the fonts available for the Mac.... Of the
choices available I found Harri Perälä's Tengwar Cursive to be
the one I liked most. But although it's a pretty script, I am looking
for something more readable. Guess I'm just going to have to
get a calligraphy pen until I can create my own. I particularly like
the font that urdsama777 used for her two samples in the Files
section--though there are *some* changes I would make... (I'd
like a slightly more cursive style with slightly more slender
strokes....) Hmmm, wonder if I still have that font-creation
program from many years ago--and if so if it will run on my
current Mac... Urdsama777 (or any one else who knows), could
you let me know what font you use and where to get it? Thanks!