Return of the ElfScribes
- Aiya ilyar!
Well, as has been said, this list has been rather quiet these past few
months. I have myself been busy with various un-ElfScriptly matters
(including a move to a new address). Now during fall I will have more
time to spend on this list, and presently I'm eagerly awaiting the
updated version of Michael Everson's Unicode proposal. How's it going,
In an attempt to start a thread, I will throw out a little question:
Which writing system of Arda do you prefer?
If your answer is "the Tengwar", then in what mode? Do you prefer
writing the vowels as tehtar, or do you use a _quanta sarme_ à la the
"mode of Beleriand"? I know some people prefer writing vowels with
tengwar because it's more like what they are accustomed to; myself, I
prefer using tehtar for exactly the same reason. That is, it is *not*
what I am accustomed to, and more "exotic" to my eye. I also confess
that I prefer the Tengwar, though the Sarati are admittedly even more
"exotic". When we one day get to learn more about the latter I may
change my opinion.
Do we have any _certandili_ on the list? (I.e. "cirth-lovers".)
(Amanye Tenceli -- http://user.tninet.se/~xof995c)
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- Hello fellow ElfScribes,
Like many, I like to lurk in the shadows and just listen to
the conversations in the list. I just thought that new people
might be interested in my WWW site, devoted to fonts based on
Tolkien's invented alphabets:
Also, I whole-heartedly recommend Måns Björkman's WWW site,
which has extensive info on Tolkien-inspired calligraphy.
Lastly, many thanks to Lisa Star for keeping me on her Tyalie
Tyelellieva mailing list.
Daniel Steven Smith / fontmaster@...
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>Mans Bjorkman <mansb@...>**My turn to apologize, perhaps I made a hasty assumption.
>Lisa Star wrote:
> > >Mans Bjorkman <mansb@...> wrote:
>I apologize for causing this misunderstanding. I meant nothing of the
>kind! My intention was merely to point out that one can view Tolkien's
>material in many different ways (not just two, as you rightly point
>Obviously. I have never investigated the views held by all my fellow**We have communicated in the past about the alphabet samples on my webpage.
>Tolkienites (not even the ones I know of).
>I agree with you that 1) Tolkien's understanding of the texts grew as he**In my view, it makes sense to say that they are, partly because the forms
>studied them, and 2) the earlier material should not be discarded. I do
>*not* agree the Etymologies and the "Appendix on Runes", as they stand,
>are more reliable sources on the First Age than later writings,
>specifically _The Lord of the Rings_!
of the names change, and Tolkien often retains an earlier form in a later
text--or Christopher Tolkien has. In what language is the word Neldoreth,
which I believe still appears as a name of a forest of Doriath as the name
is given in the Lord of the Rings? There are other issues like that, but
that might not be on topic if we are only supposed to be discussing
alphabets on this list.
**I think I will pursue this by producing some samples and putting them up
on my webpage. That will take a little while, but since I have just
finished a study of the grammar of Qenya (of the Lexicons), I have a lot of
material to work with.
>So your view is that there are several equally correct conceptions of**Divided by the different viewpoints in the different sources that he was
>Middle-earth -- divided, perhaps, by the changes that Tolkien made over
using, that is, some manuscripts might have been produced by the Sindar,
some by Mortals and some by Hobbits. Some might have better texts, others
have copying errors. Perhaps none of them are perfectly accurate or even
complete. You study the linguistics also, don't you? Do you realize how
complex it is? I'm not being rude in asking that, I just wondered if you
had considered it, or if you had, had you dismissed the complexities?
>So that in one conception there are "Ilkorin" elves that use the**No, some *manuscripts* were written in Ilkorin in a cirth hand, others are
>"Runes of Beleriand" of AR, in another there are Sindar who use the
>Certhas Daeron as described in LR? I think this, in essence, summarizes
>the view I so bluntly ascribed to you.
later copies made by Noldorin elves in 3rd Age Sindarin and written with the
tengwar. Tolkien is "translating" manuscripts and hence viewpoints of many
>I agree there is no single perfect conception of Arda -- after all,**I think you should look more carefully at this. In the latest sources
>Tolkien's sources were written during a period of several thousand years
>-- but I believe the later discoveries of the Author to be usually more
>accurate than the earlier, thereby superceding them. Sometimes there is
>indeed a choice between two late contradictory sources, but never
>between one late source and one early. And there's my view in a
Tolkien rejected the entire cosmology of the Silmarillion including the
making of the Sun and Moon from the fruit and flower of the Two Trees. Do
you really want to reject all that? I certainly would not. Just to be
clear, I'm not objecting to it if you do, but I certainly would not.
> > **Of course, I give you permission to do whatever you like, too :-)**No, you've made me laugh--always a welcome and healthy experience!
>Thank you. I hope, then, that I have not insulted you beyond redemption.
** Lisa Star
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> I assume it was _Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien_ you looked in? If so, youYes, it's that book (just got back from the bookstore), but in Spanish
> really should get hold of it, since it is no longer in print! (_Artist
> and Illustrator_ only contains one of the pages, and a sketch of
the title is somewhat different (can't recall it now, I checked for the
english name only), here it's widely available (unlike *many* other
books, specially the latest from HoME), and I don't think it's out of
print (again, this is the spanish edition) or if it is then they sure
did print lots of them, it's about the fourth easiest to get book by
Tolkien (LotR, TH, Silm, Pictures), I think. It's $50 (argentinian
pesos, change is 1:1 to US dollars), if anyone is interested enough in
this book maybe we could arrange something (if someone knows how to send
money, I sure don't know anything about banks and all that, my personal
treasury at this moment is $10 lol I can just pay for the taxi to the
bank!), but I'm sure it's easy to find in any Spanish speaking country.
I'm buying it next month when I get the money :)