Angela Andrews wrote:
> I have two questions, 1) when writing English in tengwar, would you use
> the under-bar/tilda, or would you just spell the word phonetically?
You can choose, i.e., Tolkien himself sometimes followed traditional spelling,
sometimes pronunciation. For phonetical (or rather phonemical) spelling,
there's a well attested "full writing" mode; for traditional spelling, there's
another well attested "full writing" mode, but there are also quite a lot of
samples in tehtar modes. Only if you wish to have a phonetical tehtar mode,
there are not enough samples to come up with a mode based on Tolkien's
> For example, the name 'William', would it be ure, tehta I, lambe
> w/under-bar, yanta, tehta A, malta?
That seems a good solution to me, I mean, I could read it without any problem
(and that's what writing's all about). I think you could replace yanta by the sign
for following consonantal y, i.e. by two points under the lambe. Personally, I
prefer vala and anna to uure and yanta, because they belong to the principal
characters. In Tolkien's phonemic "full writing" mode, I guess it'd look more or
less like this: vala, short carrier + point above, lambe + two points above,
malta + point underneath.
> 2) For the letter r, in what cases would you use romen, and in what
> cases would you use ore? Is there a pronunciation difference?
In Tolkien's phonemic mode, the following pronunciation difference can be
observed (at least in Received Pronunciation):
Tolkien used oore for the mute or schwa-like sound after free/long vowels
(there, beard, are, your) or in the final syllable -er (under, flower, liar). He also
used it for the sound of words such as "word, girl, search", either with an
andaith on it or together with a preceding short carrier. But he'd represent this
sound by simple oore if it was unstressed (his boots were, her song).
He used roomen for the real r-sound, i.e. before vowels (this is British
Received Pronunciation). If a word ends with oore and the next starts with a
vowel, then he added a roomen after the oore, the word thus ending with oore
+ roomen (wander in, here of need). But if the first word was not stressed, he'd
replace the oore by a roomen (for hours, are at my call [the word at is stressed
for metrical reasons]).