Teithad i lam thindrim
- DDanielA@... wrote:
>Hello Daniel! Personally I think that both the full modes and the "tehta
> . . . I realise that most of Professor
> Tolkien's published Sindarin pieces written with tengwar use a "full
> writing" mode, but I much prefer the look of the tehtar used in the
> rendering of the Eldarin languages.
modes" have their benefits, but like you I usually prefer writing with
the tehta modes.
> In an earlier post someone objected(That would have been me.)
> to the term "classical mode" to denote a mode using tehtar on theNot necessarily. I rather think the Sindarin tehta mode as seen in KL
> grounds that such a mode was used to represent late Sindarin in the
> King's letter, but let us remember the Professor's words: "They [i.e.,
> the tengwar] had reached the stage of full alphabetic development, but
> older modes in which only the consonants were denoted by full letters
> were still in use." I believe that this makes it clear that this mode
> is older, therefore more "classical", than a full writing mode (e.g. the
> mode of Beleriand and that used in the King's Letter Versions I and
was developed from a Westron tehta mode, perhaps by the Dúnedain. As you
yourself noted, the mode uses series IV as calmatéma, actually leaving
the series III unusued (except for the usage of <anna> as glide-i). Why
would it do this? The most obvious explanation seems in my opinion to be
that it was based on an existing mode that used series IV for velars.
Now what Tengwar modes existed in the early First Age (which is where we
must look if we want to predate the mode of Beleriand) for the Sindarin
tehta mode to use as a model? Well, the only ones we know of are the
Quenya modes (the standard tehta mode and the full mode) and possibly
the modes for the Telerin and Vanyarin dialects, which were most likely
never used in Middle-earth. All the Quenya modes appear to have used
series III as calmatéma and series IV as quessetéma. It therefore seems
probable that a Sindarin mode based on a Quenya mode would use series
III for the velars, as indeed the mode of Beleriand does.
On the other hand, in all the Westron Tengwar modes we know of (which
must have developed in the late Second or early Third Age) series IV is
used for velars, while III is used for palatals. It would therefore seem
plausible that the model of the Sindarin tehta mode we know of was a
> Possibly Professor Tolkien wished to give the King's Letter a moreI agree this is the most logical conclusion.
> "formal" look in its final draft. Or given the reference to "what a
> man of Gondor might have produced, hesitating between the values of the
> letters familiar in his 'mode' and the traditional spelling of
> English" in Appendix E of LotR, perhaps we are to infer that the people of
> Gondor used a mode that made use of tehtar.
> . . . Actually, though, Christopher Tokien suggests that hisThat was also Feanor's original motivation for using tehtar to represent
> father used the ómatehtar to save space on the page!
vowels (see "From _Quendi and Eldar_, Appendix D" in _Vinyar Tengwar_
#39, p. 8).
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