Spanish Soccer + Tolkien = ?

= Tatuaje! Por supuesto…tattoo!

Recently, it had come to my attention a couple of famous people who has got Tengwar tattoos. Wow..pretty cool! Coincidentally both of them were former Atlético de Madrid players (soccer team from Spain).  They are the

Sergio Agüero

Argentinian Sergio Agüero & Spanish Fernando Torres. Pretty curious,

huh? Are they really Tolkien fans like you and me or just got some exotic alphabet tattoo? Is there a Tolkien book club at Atlético de Madrid or what? So many questions…

Unfortunately…I can answer none! I know it’s disappointing, but I

Fernando Torres

just can’t. I’m very curious indeed to hear from them what is the story behind the tattoos, but although I have researched a bit, I could find nothing concrete.

Anyway…what I can answer and will here is: Are the tattoos correct?

First things first: They speak Spanish and I assumed what is written on their arms is Tengwar Spanish Mode. I’m not expert on Spanish Mode but after remembering it through research (si tu eres Español o Latino, puedes aprender el modo de escritura Tengwar para el castellano aquí) could find interesting details out.

Sergio Agüero

In his arm it’s written: Kun Agüero (his nickname) and it’s written correctly according to Spanish Mode. Very good indeed! Kudos for him!

Fernando Torres

In his arm is written: Fernando. Unfortunately…it seems like he mixed up Tengwar Modes! The tengwar themselves are in Spanish Mode, but I couldn’t find any Spanish mode (be it written with tehtar or vocales plenas, or even by ortografía tradicional o de acuerdo con la pronunciación) that used the tehtar the way he did here. They are above the next tengwa. Let me give you an example:

Fernando (according to Spanish Mode) /// Frennado (his tattoo)

See how weird? Ok, fine..it’s a minor detail, but it makes difference. I couldn’t understand why he did it. English Mode follow this kind of rules to tehtar (coming at the next tengwa) but there’s no reason for that in Spanish. Actually it’s written something like: Frennad (an the flying ‘o’ tehta almost without support at the end)

That was it! A quick and simple check on the tattoos of these players! But…can you help me out here answering the other questions: Why did he do it? Are they really core fans or what? Damn, I’m curious to hear from them!

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24 responses to “Spanish Soccer + Tolkien = ?

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