Tengwar Font for Newbies - Evaluation
- In recent years, many people have discovered the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien
and have become fascinated with the cultures, languages and alphabets of
Middle-earth. We understand that learning these things takes time, often
more time than many people are willing to invest. Since the release of the
Lord of the Rings movie, I have been besieged with email requesting help on
how to spell "insert phrase here" in Tengwar. Knowing that these Newbies
don't know and can't appreciate the subtleties of the various Tengwar modes
and styles, I often transcribe their "insert phrase here" using a simple
letter-for-letter English transcription mode.
I've attempted to create some Tengwar fonts (based on my Tengwar Sindarin
fonts) specifically for these Newbies. I understand that these new fonts
will not contain the variety of Tengwar letters that my more complete
Tengwar fonts contain, but they should be perfectly usable for the new
Tengwar fan who only wants to write their "insert phrase here".
Those members of "elfscript" who wish to help me by evaluating these fonts,
can download the fonts and related PDF documents at:
These fonts are distributed for EVALUATION ONLY with certain restrictions
listed on the web page and in the font documentation.
Daniel Steven Smith / fontmaster.geo@...
Fantasy Fonts for Windows / <><
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- Hi Dan, Thank you for your response. I am a big fan of your
work! Although I am a newbie to the group, I am not a newbie to
Tolkien or to Tengwar-- not by a fair bit. In the mid-late sixties a
friend of mine and I taught ourselves to use Tengwar to write
English. Since then, I've forgotten most of what I learned, but
have managed to retain some of the basic concepts. And now
that I have now officially entered my second adolescence,
(prompted in large part by PJ's adaptation of LOTR), I am
hopting to re-learning to use Tengwar. I particularly like your
"Tengwar Parmaite (True Type)" and "Tengwar Sindarin 1
(TrueType)" fonts, but, alas, I am using a Mac! And I've not been
able to find a Tengwar font for the Mac that pleases me. I'm
thinking of creating a Mac Tengwar font, but before I embark on
*that* journey, I wonder if you could point me in the direction of a
Mac version of your Parmaite or Sindarin font--or of something
really similar to either. Thanks again for responding to my
- On Mon, 25 Nov 2002 21:32:23 <middle_earth_dweller@...>
>[snip] ... I particularly like your "Tengwar Parmaite (True Type)" ...fonts ...
Thank you for your kind comments, but "Tengwar Parmaite" was created by
the gifted hands of Måns Björkman.
>... but, alas, I am using a Mac! And I've not been able to find aTengwar font for the Mac that pleases me. ...
My hope is that a simpler Tengwar font, with most or its characters
available on the keyboard, should be able to be easily converted to Mac
format by shareware tools like:
(I've also been told that MacOS/10 can use Windows truetype fonts!)
>... I wonder if you could point me in the direction of a Mac version ofyour Parmaite or Sindarin font--or of something really similar to
Try this: download my evaluation fonts, then try to convert them to Mac
format, and see if they work. I'd be curious to hear your results.
- Hi Dan, Thanks again for your response. I will definately check
out the translation programs. Mac OSX is out of the question
right now--hungry art student with inherited Mac... But I'm not
complaining; I'm having *way* too much fun being 15 again!
- --- In elfscript@y..., Dan Smith <dansmith@g...> wrote:
> I've attempted to create some Tengwar fonts (based on my TengwarSindarin
> fonts) specifically for these Newbies. I understand that these newfonts
> will not contain the variety of Tengwar letters that my morecomplete
> Tengwar fonts contain, but they should be perfectly usable for thenew
> Tengwar fan who only wants to write their "insert phrase here".these fonts,
> Those members of "elfscript" who wish to help me by evaluating
> can download the fonts and related PDF documents at:Perhaps you should try to devise a keyboard mapping to
some variant of the Mode fo Beleriand instead. There's
still the problem of language difference, of course,
but it might be worth a try to design som kind of
vanilla-flavoured Mode of Beleriand. Have a look at
mu guide for Swedish (Beleriand), it might be a good
start. Then remove stuff like diphthongs etc. See:
(temp URL until we get forodrim.org back).
But I must say that I'm doubtful to the whole idea.
It could very easily lead to widespread and
hard-to-exterminate misunderstandings. We should
be careful to avoid that. The "inzert c00L phraze"
tsunami will hopefully be over in a few years when
the movie is considered hopelessly uncool.
Gildir, Per Lindberg