by Matthew D. Coombes
The Elvish Writing Systems of J.R.R Tolkien has been written as a guide to understanding the ways in which the 'most popular author of the 20th century' was inspired to write the Elvish languages and a means by which the writing systems they used can be appreciated. • Learn to write using the same systems as the Elves, Dwarves and Orcs • Discover the history of the Elvish languages and who spoke them • Use clear tables and diagrams as a reference to write any language in Elvish lettering • Understand the way in which J.R.R. Tolkien write his languages • Gain access to information to learn all you need to about Elvish languages Beginning with the history of Middle-earth this book will take you on a fantastical journey into the phonoaesthetics of the Cirth, Sarati, Moon-letters, Tengwar and much more. Covering languages such as Sindarin and Quenya, you will learn how to write using a number of Elvish writing systems quickly and correctly. In addition to the original work contributed by the author, the resources used to compile the information include J.R.R. Tolkien's works, Vinyar Tengwar, Parma Eldalamberon and the Forodrim index. Following a history of Tolkien's career in writing systems and an overview of the evolution of Elvish languages, the aesthetic principles of invented language is also discussed. An introduction to articulation is then covered before a discussion of Elvish-specific phonology, and the principles of transliteration. The Starlight writing systems, Runes and Tengwar are then covered in detail, including consonants, vowels, diphthongs, digraphs and trigraphs specific to each orthography. Labialisation, palatalisation, homorganic nasalisation and other relevant modifications are also discussed to give a complete and concise coverage of Tolkien's Elvish writing.