Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Tengwar (Elvish) Sampler, Inspired By The Hobbit

Have you seen The Hobbit yet? I have. Twice. And one of the things that struck me about it, much as with the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, was the beauty of the production design. Every element of every costume and set is designed and worked carefully in minute detail - Peter Jackson's film-making techniques are a revelation and his attention-to-detail is legendary.
It's not surprising, then, that I'm inspired by the look of the films and the books to create something just as beautiful. Below you'll find my effort; Tolkien's Misty Mountains poem, rendered in Elvish (Tengwar) script. The border is taken from the outfit of one dwarf member of Thorin's party - five Internet points to the first person to identify which one!


Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek our pale enchanted gold

Below is a Tengwar alphabet and key which you could also sew as a sampler, or use to make name-plates, personalise other projects, or write your own passages in Tengwar!





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