The fuzz is all about nwalmë! Here I invite all Tolkien fans who read me and who have some knowledge of the Tengwar writing system to consider the analysis below and cast your vote, give your opinion about it.
It was pointed out to me by Alassë some detail about Tengwar which I thought I was neglecting but after my research I remembered why I was making it different. It’s all about nwalmë. Nwalmë is the tengwa shown above and its value correspond to <ñw>. In the trustworthy sources around the internet, nwalmë is cited as being used only in initial position. Quettaparma, specifically just say:
In Tengwar writing, the initial NW would be represented by the letter nwalmë.
not making use of the word only. Alright! That’s ok! But what does that truly mean if we strictly follow only the initial position guideline? It means only 4 words (FOUR: nwalca, nwalma, nwalmë & nwalya) of the thousand Tolkien attested Quenya words are written with nwalmë!!! Really? What a waste of such a nice tengwa.
What about medial nw then? Well, they should be written using númen+vilya. So, words like Manwë, vanwa, sanwë are all written without nwalmë <ñw> but like this:
Ok, that’s not bad, but Quenya has explicitly so many nasal units represented by one single tengwa like <nt>, <nd>, <ng>, <ngw>, <mp>, <mb>, why in the Earth shouldn’t there be a single unit for <nw> in all positions?
Sure, there’s no word beginning with nt, nd, ng and so on, but if there was 1 word, then would there be a unique tengwa for that particular initial position and be wasted at all others? That is so sad!
Dear Tolkien, can’t it be some Quenya dialect or orthographic variant where nwalmë is used everywhere? Can you resurrect a bit and enlighten me, please?
Well…while Tolkien doesn’t come back from grave, I’d like YOU to help me out here! What is your opinion? Please, vote: