Are you up to this Quenya challenge?

Here’s the puzzle! Word Search in Quenya! Find all Valar & Valië names (including Melkor) below! Let’s see what you’re made of. After you have graduated from Tengwar Alphabet Smart Course, maybe this will not pose too much difficulty for you and if you’re an applied student, you’ll solve it easily. Sure, it’s not the comfortable Roman Alphabet, but it’s not impossible to solve!

Have some fun, my dear elves!

Manwë, Aulë, Ulmo, Mandos, Tulkas, Oromë, Lórien,

Varda, Vána, Estë, Yavanna, Nessa, Vairë, Nienna

& Melkor

If you have all the keys, talk to me. We’ll arrange a way I see it and if you were up to the task, your name will be on the Quenya101 Hall of Fame

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5 responses to “Are you up to this Quenya challenge?

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  4. Considering the grid with letters on the top line (A to J) and numbers on the leftmost column (1 to 20):
    (JFYI, I don’t use the diaeresis marks because it’s intended to warn english readers what they should read, and being a native portuguese speaker, I fail to see the need of that)

    Manwe: C19 to D18
    Aule: A4 to B4
    Ulmo: E8 to E9 to E10
    Mandos: C19 to B19
    Tulkas: A13 to B14 to C15
    Orome: B8 to B7 to B6
    Lórien: F7 to G6 to H5 to I4 to J3
    Varda: C8 to C9
    Vána: J8 to J9 to J10
    Este: E14 to E15 to E16
    Yavanna: H19 to G18 to F17
    Nessa: G11 to G10
    Vaire: A16 to A15 to A14
    Nienna: I5 to I4 to I3
    Melkor: F8 to E9 to D10 to C11

    • Your explanation about the diaeresis is true. That’s what Tolkien intended when he developed it. And that’s the external explanation for the use of it.

      I tend to disagree of this external vision. It doesn’t matter what’s your native language (if you stress naturally final -e or not) and it doesn’t matter also if Tolkien devised something targeting this or that kind of speaker; Quenya is written with diaresis when using Roman alphabet.

      Otherwise, English speakers could drop the á, é, í, ó & ú too, because we don’t need that. We just know when a vowel is long or short. But that doesn’t matter too. Quenya IS written with diacritics marking long vowels.

      I don’t feel like butchering Quenya orthography due to my native language (or any other I can speak and develop habits in it)

      PS: The answers are already given in yesterday’s post.

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