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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!!!

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References:
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!

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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:.

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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.

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Thank you to everyone for the comments and the :+fav:s! =D
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FursonaAngel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait this is a real damn language??
Dem geeks work hard.
I am a geek too but still.
Dayum
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Madrock7 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Don't have time because of finals, but I will use later latter.
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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.
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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
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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. :)
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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!
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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/
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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 !
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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!
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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
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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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snurtz Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Writer
hehehe no problem! It's a blast - have fun with it :D
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Alleilin Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I will!! :icontardboogieplz:
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lilis-gallery Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Seriously, this is the best tutorial I've ever seen ! :la: Thanks SO MUCH for making it. I tried to learn Elvish when I was 14 (I had a whole sketchbook full of quotes and translations) and loved it, but I forgot most of it - unfortunately, it's not exactly a language you can use in your everyday life. :roll: But this really makes me want to take the time to practice and learn more ! It was so fun to write, I just loved to draw these wonderful symbols. Tolkien is such a genius ! (I'm adding "Learn Elvish" to my to-do list, and this tutorial to my favourites. You're awesome.)
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snurtz Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Writer
squeee thanks! it's sooo fun - I have a blast with it ^_^
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LaurenERTaylor Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
this is amazing and i'm dead excited to start learning!
In the mean time, could you please translate this as I'd love it as a tattoo!

"Freedom, beauty, truth and love"

THANKS!!! :D
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snurtz Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Writer
I'm sorry that this has taken me a month to get to, but I did it for you! It's on my tumblr here: [link]
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richard-vdijk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
elvish rocks :D
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HopeLikeFire22 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Hello, I'm looking to get a tattoo of the "The Sea calls us home" in Elvish. Would you say it's proper to transcribe that from the English (The Sea calls us home) or the Elvish (I Aear can ven na mar)? Also are the examples you give for words such as "the" and "of" referring to the English pronunciation or the Elvish? I hope this makes sense :P
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snurtz Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Writer
You could transcribe either and then pick whichever one you think looks best! Haha.

Yeah, the symbols for "the" and "of" are only for English mode.
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neo-solaris Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Okay, if I can write in Japanese and Sanskrit characters, I should be able to learn this. I'm excited!
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snurtz Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Writer
:la:
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BubbyBear Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
One rainy day, I'm going to sit down and learn this
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snurtz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Writer
It's fun! Just practice :)
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BubbyBear Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
lI will!
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live-love-ROCK Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
this is simply put, amazing, how long did it take you to do this? and i was wondering if you would be able to translate a phrase for me, if only because i feel i would mess it up? but anyway this is so cool and i am grateful that you took the time to put this up :worship:
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snurtz Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Writer
I'd love to transcribe a phrase for you! What would you like it to say?
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live-love-ROCK Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
omg you are amazing and i love you......yea...

anyway could you translate the phrase: "Below the Courageous there is Nothing" :D
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Xenoverist Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you sooo much for this, I can finally try and learn elvish! But I have a few questions...First, what is the difference between 7 and 19 in quenya? and second, how does one write the tehtar over 33?
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snurtz Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Writer
Hmmmmm... let me see.

The difference appears to be in the way the sound is produced. #7, anga, shows a clear ng sound, where both the n and the g are pronounced.

#19, ngoldo, is reserved for a silent g, or if you will, a sound more like "ny", which is not commonly found in English. You may recognize it more as ñ in Spanish, or if you know anything about phonetics, the corresponding symbol would be ŋ.

Regarding hyarmen, #33 - that one has always pissed me off. Basically you just have to sort of maneuver the way you write it so the tehta can fit sort of on top to the right.
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Xenoverist Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
alright, thank you very very much. After finding this deviation, I have finally started trying to learn Quenya using this and the CoE site. Again, thank you so so much for this motivation
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snurtz Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Writer
I'm glad you've been motivated! It's a blast - have fun!
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m-mallow Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
can you translate in italian? i really want it... i love elvish... but i can't understand too much in a language that is not mine...
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snurtz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Writer
If you give me a word or phrase in Italian, I will transcribe it for you :)
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Amaya-x-chan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used this wonderful tutorial in my deviation here. Thank you :3 I'm going to be using it on another one as well.
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Lgsarutobi Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanted to ask something. I'm writing a book, and there are elfs in it. I wanted to use the elvish language, but I have no idea if there is any Tolkien's rights that don't let others use it. Could you please help me with this, its really important for me to know. And congratulations on the works, its amazing and easier to leard it ^^
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snurtz Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Writer
I'd say that if you're writing something of your own, you should probably make up your own language. If you study how Tolkien did it, it'll give you some guidelines on how to make your own. I'm pretty sure that Tolkien's relatives have rights to his languages, and it would probably not be wise to use it for something that may be making you profit.

Some tips of my own:
- Regarding the actual language - don't just replace English words with your elvish words. What you want to do is determine what kind of grammatical structure would work for you best, and then create a vocabulary AFTER you have started with function words (the, and, of, be, etc.).
- When creating an alphabet, make the letters so that they make sense for your language. If your language doesn't have the letter x in it, why would your alphabet? Create an alphabet that best fits what you are doing. For example, in Tolkien's Quenya, the b is never separated from the m, so mb is one letter. Play around with it and have fun!
- Don't make it too complicated. If it's too hard to do, then why would anyone do it in the first place? I recommend researching the history of written Korean, and studying the shapes of Tolkien's letters. That should help!

If you have any more questions, I'm glad to help :)
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Lady-CrusaderKira Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU.
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snurtz Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Writer
haha you're welcome! have fun!
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Lady-CrusaderKira Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D :D :D I will!!!
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Amaya-x-chan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There are not enough words for me to express my joy that you posted this. I found a site that talked about some general rules for writing in Elvish but after looking at some other places I saw inconsistencies in large ways. Since you actually cited where you got your information, I feel more comfortable with relying on your information. Thank you so much!
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snurtz Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Writer
you're welcome <3 be sure to look at other resources! My way isn't the only way!
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Amaya-x-chan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, but at least you say where you got your information instead of just ambiguously posting it in which the person viewing it has to assume that you actually know how to write Elvish. It's a nice starting point.
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snurtz Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Writer
haha well thanks <3
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rabid-uke Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
D: ~:heart:

So beautiful~~~

Can't wait to start learning, finally.
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snurtz Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Writer
:la:
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Arlothia Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hallelujah!!!! I love you for this!!!!!
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snurtz Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Writer
awwww! Have fun with it :D
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saffyminty Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome job here!!! Very indepth :D
Which one do you like better, Quenya or Sindarin?
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snurtz Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student Writer
I prefer Sindarin because I write in English so much and they're similar in style... also, I know more Sindarin, although most people know more Quenya. XD
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