Do you remember my story about the girl on the bus stop? No? So, here it is quick:
“One day I was on the bus stop, reading The History Of Middle-Earth. A girl came to me and started talking about Tolkien and stuff. She loved it as well. She had a tattoo on her foot. She showed me and I thought: “Poor little girl”. Why? It was written NOTHING AT ALL in Tengwar, just a scramble of letters with no meaning.”
Alright, that’s the story. But what’s it got to do with this post?
Simple: DO NOT have a tattoo if you can’t understand what’s written on it.
Well, now for the first time ever I have stumbled upon someone that TEACHES WRONGLY people how to tattoo in Tengwar. That’s right! I’ve never seen something like that, but the girl is convinced she knows how to write in “elvish”! I pointed out her absurd mistakes and she said: ‘”I’m simply following Tolkien” and “there’s no perfect way to write it” because he changed things often with time’.
Not only she wrote that, but that’s a suggestion one is willing to take and have it tattooed on one’s skin. Seriously, where does Tolkien talk about single dot inside a lambë? What does that mean?
And the funniest part of all (if it’s funny anywhere), is this:
Yeah, that’s right!
She’s charging MONEY to save you “from the embarassment and pain” of having some gibberish tattooed on your skin
And the moral of the story is:
DO study Quenya! Don’t trust everything you see on the internet. BE EXTREMELY careful with tattoos and people who say “I can write in elvish“, specially those who wanna charge money to help you!
If you wanna keep laughing about this bitter tragedy, here is her tumblr: http://icanwriteinelvish.tumblr.com/
If you wanna have a shortcut and learn the real stuff about Tengwar, here’s my Smart Course: https://quenya101.wordpress.com/smart-course/
If you don’t trust her nor me (you do very well) learn the course at the best source possible, Helge Fauskanger: http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/qcourse.htm
Who is he? Well, that’s something for the next post……