Greetings from a new member
- Meneg suilaid!
I joined this list a while ago and decided to lurk for a while before
I've been writing with Tengwar since I was about 13 (I'm 37 now - do
the math). It wasn't until the Movie came out and I stumbled across
the gozillion websites devoted to Tolkien's works that I realized I
was not alone!
Since I taught myself the letters in a vacuum, the system I use
deviates in several places from most of the accepted methods of
writing English. I use it as my own personal hand when keeping a
journal, writing notes I want to keep private, and also passwords.
The spark of the Movie (for it *is* but one Movie, in three parts,
no?) has led me into studying my private hand in more detail, and I
am learning a great deal about the other ways the orthography has
been adapted. Hence, my membership to this list!
I was very happy to discover Dan Smith's fonts - the man is a God of
an order second only to the Creator Himself! For his gift to the
tengwar orthographer, DS ranks in my opinion with Peter Jackson as
one of the greats of Tolkienology.
I am learning to type using DS's keyboard layout. The way I figure
it, if one can switch back and forth between QWERTY and Dvorak
layouts, why can one not switch between US English QWERTY and DS
Tengwar layouts? It's challenging, but could possibly bring a new
dimension to my personal note-keeping, allowing me to type in full
view, yet still keep my thoughts private.
I *have* come up with a personalized mode for TengScribe, but it is
largely useless. I keep my scrawled Mazarbul-like notes out of
laziness; the cutting and pasting required to use TengScribe is way
too much work for me!
I've come up with a chart of the way I use the tengwar and tehtar, as
well as my own numbering system. If anyone is interested, I'd be
happy to upload it.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Peter Arning" <arning@y...> wrote:
> Meneg suilaid!Welcome.
> I joined this list a while ago and decided to lurk for a while
> before saying anything.
> [...] I keep my scrawled Mazarbul-like notes out ofway
> laziness; the cutting and pasting required to use TengScribe is
> too much work for me!You might want to try YaTT which works with the TengScribe created
modes. YaTT will transcribe an opened Word document.
- Hi Peter 'Sardo' Arning
It's a pleasure to welcome tengwar-experienced persons!
I've also been writing with tengwar since I was about 12 (I'm 24
now), though only occasionally in my journal (to me, shorthand or the
Roman alphabet were more practical). My main interest has been the
phonetically adequate representation of the languages I know.
I've also learned the tengwar "in a vacuum". My interest for other
people's work started when I bought _Elvish Tongues_ by Jim Allan
about 5 years ago. Since then, I've been looking on the net for
tengwar sites. It's only a year ago since I've tried to get as much
of Tolkien's own tengwar samples as possible, since I believe they're
the only reliable source for any tengwar use. I was astonished how
easy it was to get a most of his published tengwar samples (as
compiled in the DTS, the Mellonath Daeron Index of Tengwar Specimina).
For my part, I'm very interested in your personal tengwar mode, after
all since it's been practiced a lot and so must work. Just to warn
you: My way of appreciating tengwar modes is criticizing them, trying
to point out internal inconsistencies or inconsistencies with
j. 'mach' wust
> For my part, I'm very interested in your personalWell, you'll have plenty of things to find! I just uploaded the file
> tengwar mode, after all since it's been practiced a
> lot and so must work. Just to warn you: My way of
> appreciating tengwar modes is criticizing them,
> trying to point out internal inconsistencies or
> inconsistencies with Tolkien's examples.
to the Files section (under the directory Sardo).
As for inconsistencies, I found plenty myself while going over my old
writings to create the file. I guess that comes from writing quickly.
I don't feel like scanning and uploading my personal journals for all
of you to read.... However, here are some things I found that were
I grew sick of writing "calma silme" for X, so I created my own X-
I often inadvertently swapped dipthongs, sometimes with no
consistency in the same day's writing.
The infamous Ruth Noel book heavily influenced me in the early 1980s,
and I've grown stuck in the bad habits I learned from that time.
(BTW - despite the problems with her book, it was All We Had At The
Time outside of the corpus of the Trilogy and the Silmarillion. I
still have my original beat-to-death copy that I have not gotten
signed despite living in the same city and meeting Ms. Noel on more
than one occasion.) Of course, I know better now, yet the habits
I also would spell out elided or "combined" letters with no
consistency: in one paragraph, I might write the word "THE" with
the "extended-vertical ando", with "thule yanta", with "thule e-
tehta", and with "tinco hyarmen yanta".
The last page of the uploaded file is a sampler of my own
handwriting. The Mazarbul inscription is highly legible by
comparison. I *can* write neatly if I take the time, just like any
other calligraphy, but then it's not "writing", it's "art" and
requires an entirely different attitude on my part.
Anyway, here it is: my secret language, bared for all the world to
see. At least I've accomplished something: a primer so that if anyone
really wants to read my journals and notes after I'm gone, they can
(but who'd want to?).