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TUTORIAL: How to write Elvish by snurtz TUTORIAL: How to write Elvish by snurtz
If you use this tutorial to make a deviation of any kind, kindly comment below and tell me so. I'd love to view your work, :+fav: it, and possibly critique it, if you so desire. You don't have to credit me in the comments, seeing as I didn't actually create Elvish, but I really want to see if you used it. =D

This took me like, 2 or 3 days. But that's just because I'm distractable.

I also have this available as a Word document, if you want it for printing purposes. Sorry, the computer the Word document was saved on is LONG gone!!!


The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth by Ruth S. Noel
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

thanks to :iconradikian: for this fabulous workbook!!! I suggest comparing my tutorial and this workbook to get a more rounded view on how to write in Elvish! :) NOTE: The workbook is a pdf, just to let you know. Apparently this workbook has disappeared!!!

Elvish fonts found at [link] ... They're fabulous, but make sure you use the character map pdf that comes with it, or what you think says "mellon" will actually say ldfyywhw! And yes, that's what it will actually say.

If there is anything else you want to know, just tell me!


P.S.- Want a REAL challenge?? Translate THIS! [link]

P.P.S.- I just noticed this, I messed up the example for Quenya, with the word "Elemmire"... The Tehtar are pretty much all in the wrong place. The "practice" example is correct, however.

P.P.P.S.- OHOHOH. If you wanna learn real elvish, go here, it's a great website!!! [link] ...or you can get the book The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth [link] by Ruth S. Noel, it's veeeery helpful.

P.P.P.P.S.- I like P.S... hehehe. Check out this website by :iconpurgatori:.


I take requests/commissions on Elvish calligraphy such as this. Right now itís free because Iím not a greedy person, but I donít know how long it will stay that way. Please see my journal [link] for more information.


Thank you to everyone for the comments and the :+fav:s! =D
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Madrock7 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Don't have time because of finals, but I will use later latter.
LemonicDemon Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Considering I just (before finding this) started writing with FŽanorian alphabets; how trustworthy is that Noel's book? All the data I collected, I used only and only The Return of the King. Now, I'm not trying to ruin anyone's day or be a b*tch so don't be mad at me snurtz, but e.g. that "~" part of the "of the" symbol you've done, is actually a marking for a long consonant.

What I'm trying to say, did Noel know Tolkien? How new is this book, and can the author show reliable sources? I admit I haven't read the Book of Unfinished Tales, but otherwise I'm quite learned with Tolkien's works. I just don't want false info to spread is all. Peace.
snurtz Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Writer
I've had Noel's book for like... 9 years, but I don't use it as a first resource.  It's a good reference, though.  When it comes to English mode, Tolkien basically said anything goes, so really it's up to you how you want to really do it.  It's only when it comes to Sindarin and Quenya that there are concrete rules.

Usually the ~ signifies a double consonant, but in the case of the "of the" - it's often done like this.  Odd, I know - but if you don't like it, obviously you don't have to use it.  Once again, English mode.  No rules.  Do what you want!  Have fun with it. :D
LemonicDemon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I see... I'll remain a purist X) Glad you took this so well. Some people might have infuriated themselves over my comment. Wanna say your opinion on my work? It's the latest I posted, you can't miss it. :)
snurtz Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Writer
Haha, I used to get really angry about stuff like this but then I read in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien that he really didn't care what people did with Tengwar when it was in English mode - he basically said "whatever makes you happy".  I'll take a look at your latest work!
MariaB9 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to learn Elvish including writing and speaking and yes, I will use your tutorial xD/
Noxy01 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Hi! i would like make a Elvish tattoo the name of my dad unfortunately died "Gerard" I searched the internet but I do not really trust the proposed sites. you could help me please ? (Sorry for my english i'm french ^^) thanks !
faireblue Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Could you please put the translation to the practice? I have read the Hobbit at least 6 times, and same with LOTR. Thank you do much!
LadyElka Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wow, this is amazing! It means I don't have to keep asking my roomie to write things in Elvish for me anymore, at least! :D
Alleilin Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOD. I'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR A TUTORIAL LIKE THIS!!!! Thank you so much for making this! I haven't gotten very far in my Elvish, so this could really help! :la: Can't wait to start learning :iconlawooplz:
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