Letters[ edit ] The most notable characteristic of the tengwar script is that the shapes of the letters correspond to the distinctive features of the sounds they represent. The Quenya consonant system has 5 places of articulation: The velars distinguish between plain and labialized that is, articulated with rounded lips, or followed by a [w] sound. Each point of articulation, and the corresponding tengwa series, has a name in the classical Quenya mode.
Tengwar Teleri by Redruth's Basement Software. Most of the newer fonts are in practice fully compatible with Daniel Smith's originals. A few individual characters may be different or missing, but these are usually described in each font's documentation.
An exception to this is Tengwar Cursive, which only contains only the most frequently needed letters and symbols. Some of the omissions may cause problems: If you are not familiar with installing fonts under Windows, see the links to instructions at Font Freak.
You are also going to need an unzip program like WinZip or FreeZip. A number of other Tengwar fonts in TrueType and other formats are available, but they use different key mappings, and the instructions given here do not apply to them. As far the selection of letters and symbols is concerned, the fonts listed above with the exception of Tengwar Cursive should be quite enough for most purposes.
Input methods and tools [ToC] At least four different ways of using these fonts can be distinguished: Transcriber programs take a text written in Latin letters as their input.
When the user specifies a mode, the transcriber determines, Elvish font a set of transcribing rules for the selected Elvish font, how the text should be written in Tengwar.
It then produces the correct string of characters to represent that spelling in Daniel Smith's fonts. The output would probably then be zE4which looks like this when shown in Tengwar Quenya: Several good transcribers were available at the time of writing, such as: TengScribe was the first program that I am aware of to provide automatic transcription into Tengwar using an editable set of rules.
It has word processor capabilities for working with rich text documents, though many tend to use it as a simple transcription utility. The other software transcribers are usually TengScribe compatible in the sense that they can use its mode files. A web based transcription service that can optionally give its output as an image.
This means that the user does not have to install anything, not even the fonts. YaTT adds lots of extra features on top of the "standard" functionality familiar from TengScribe.
It apparently also avoids the problem TengScribe is reported to have with displaying tehtar under Windows and XP. Available for a donation. It also includes software for Linux. Some utilities ease the burden on users' memory by allowing them to type Tengwar by clicking buttons that have labels appropriate for some mode.
To write the letter that represents the t sound, you would click the button "T". Daniel Smith has created macros for Word that provide this kind of service. With Tavultesoft Keymanone can create "keyboards" that map keypresses to characters using user-defined rules.
The keyboards can be used with word processors and other applications. Because surrounding characters can be taken into account in the conversion, it is possible to create keyboards that do the same things as dedicated Tengwar transcribers. The Keyman runtime for using keyboards is free for personal use, while Keyman Developer the editor is shareware.
Currently the keyboard selection compatible with Daniel Smith's fonts is not as extensive as with TengScribe mode files. Unfortunately it seems that distributing keyboards created with a trial version of Keyman is more or less forbidden; these keyboards gave me warnings to that effect when installed.
Even with all the helpful software listed above, the fastest way to create a short inscription might be to start a word processor and type.
The keyboard layout is mostly very logical, assuming you are familiar with Tolkien's Tengwar table from Appendix E of The Lord of the Rings. The font distributions should contain a document that can be used as a reference.
All the necessary instructions for using TengScribe are included with the program, but to explain the idea very briefly: A simple transcription Below is an image of the text we are going to reproduce thanks to Milton Gardner III for this one. The image has been created using Tengwar Cursive, except for the flame-like symbols in the beginning and end of the first line.
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