Ever wondered what the tengwar inscriptions at the top and bottom mean?

The tales of the First Age when Morgoth dwelt in Middle-Earth and the Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils.~
To which are appended the Downfall of Númenor and the history of the rings of power and the First Age in which these tales came to their end.


From Marcin Przybys, Tengwar New Light and Tengwar New Bold

This project is a kind of playing with typography.

J.R.R. Tolkien created new race – Elves with their language, culture and stylish alphabet. But did you ever imagine that the Elves evolve to present time ? Would they have their own Helvetica ?  How their „Hengwar” typeface would develop ?I made two modern elvish „Tengwar” typfaces (Tengwar New Light and Tengwar New Bold).


Maëlibé, good luck to you! <3

Here’s a list of resources to learn Elvish!

Both Quenya and Sindarin

Lesson Courses
Quenya 101

English to Quenya

101 Quenya Phrases
Phrasebook Database
Elven Phrases

Tengwar Script:
Name writing/Basics
Alphabet script
Tengwar lesson
Tengwar Tutor (Tumblr blog)

Other Resources:
Council of Elrond
Arwen Elvish

-For Maëlibé pieofthelord and anyone who wishes to learn Elvish (Quenya). Have fun! 


I am now accepting custom orders for Gallifreyan and Elvish (Tengwar) items via my Redbubble shop! To take a look at my shop, click here

I am currently taking requests for the following items: 

  • Cases for Apple products (iPhone, iPad, iPod). 
  • Cases for Samsung Galaxy phones. 
  • T-shirts and hoodies. 
  • Greeting/ birthday cards and postcards. 
  • Photographic prints.
  • STICKERS! (buy 6, get 50% off)

Above are some samples of the products already available on my shop. Send your requests here, all orders will be completed within 1-3 days! 

Requests can consists of phrases, names etc. in either Gallifreyan or Elvish and FULLY CUSTOMISABLE! You can choose the colour and layout to suit your specifications.For any questions about your translations prior to purchasing, don’t hesitate to ask. 

I currently can transcribe phrases and names in the following modes of Tengwar: Sindarin, Quenya and Parmaite. I can also transcribe them in these modes: Toralinda, Annatar, Annatar Italics (transcription comes out more cursive), but the waiting time may be extended up to five days.

All phrases and names are translated into Circular Gallifreyan, not transcribed. 

I would be really appreciative if you could reblog this to spread the word around, thank you everyone! 




Alright! Here it is. A quick, five-page guide to the Tengwar script in Sindarin mode! My apologies for my handwriting being so sloppy, I’ll probably redo this later. It was originally meant for just a few friends to use, but hey, why not?

Feel free to write me messages in the script after you’ve learned it! That’d be so cool.
Some of this might not be super accurate but I tried. If you spot any errors, feel free to correct them, I’m still learning, too.

Tolkien Language 101:

Did you know that the One Ring is inscribed not with Sindarin or Quenya, but Black Speech?

Black Speech was a language created by Sauron and is thought to be a corruption of Quenya, the language of the high-elves, and Valarin, the language of the Ainur. 

The inscription itself is in Tengwar, a script created by the elves for their own language.


I’ve always wondered why the style of the lettering on the ring is so different from all other uses of the tengwar. As far as I can figure, differences can be accounted for by these possibilities: handwriting style, medium (written with a brush or slightly squared off for engraving), the occasion (formal/informal), and the culture and language (in this case, the ancient form of black speech): for example, in the black speech a curl open to the right is u, though in Quenya this would typically be o. However the black speech rarely uses o and the curl to the right is favored (maybe because it flows better visually?). Lastly, it’s mentioned that the original Feanorian system included letters with extended stems, many of them are consonant letter pairs as seen on the ring. Whatever the reason or reasons, the writing style on the ring is very unique and lovely, Sauron probably had great handwriting.