For Tengwar writers only

This post is dedicated for all those that are in the beginning of their learning of how to write in Tengwar. I’ve seen around the internet a LOTTA people who wants to learn and sometimes they do it, but with little inaccuracies, so I felt like writing this guide to help. I’m here always to help! So, check the steps below:

Step 1

Understand the concept! Tengwar is NOT a code. There is not a single and simplistic symbol for every letter of the Roman alphabet. You can understand better what I mean here.

Step 2

Choose a good Tengwar fonts. And here’s a good news! There are many! Most of them are pretty good stylistically speaking but also the way the font itself was built and how you type it in the keyboard. Make a test. Download a font and type small ‘a’ in your keyboard. If you get the tengwa shown in the right box,


SHAZAM, that’s a well devised Tengwar font in the keyboard. But then you say: What the heck? I wanted an ‘a’ not a ‘k’ (the phonetic value of this particular tengwa). To learn how to get it correctly, check below with close attention  how the keyboard works while typing Tengwar. (Most stupid mistakes are made simply because one has NO IDEA how to type!)

Tengwar keyboard layout (qwerty international standard keyboard)

Step 3

Choose a Mode. Tengwar is a phonetic alphabet and guess what? You can write ANY language you want with it. BUT, HOWEVER, you need to know how the Modes work. So, if you want to write a word in English, for instance “love”, it doesn’t make sense you follow the rules of Quenya mode. That’s wrong! You gotta know how the Tengwar English Mode behaves. Below check some good guides for a few languages:

(click on the flags to be directed to the links)

Tengwar English Mode

Modo Tengwar Castellano

Modo Tengwar Português

 Step 4

Probably, when you get used with Tengwar writing, you will want more. How about learning the real deal, the elvish languages and write them with their natural alphabet? As said above, you firstly need to get to know the modes, Quenya Mode or Sindarin Mode. After, the study of the language itself. Below you’ll find the links for both main elvish modes:

Tengwar Quenyanna

Tengwar Sindarinwa

Step 5

Enjoy yourself while writing correctly with best Tengwar Mode of your choice! But beware…you’ll also have a lot of pain when you see the awful mistakes people make with Tengwar! (Mainly in Tumblr) It really hurts!

What the person thinks it’s written: Steve22o886Maggie /// What is really written in English Mode: ?mf?fddwhssr?chngngsf

Please, don’t do it to yourself!


Filed under Linguistics, Tengwar

54 responses to “For Tengwar writers only

  1. Steven Hoskins

    Dear anyone – I have been killing myself running to every translation/transcription site I can find to translate the Tengwar at the bottom of this:

    Any help?

  2. Sadly, these fonts do not seem to include the two dots underneath a character, or the alternate “s” for the end of words.
    The former can be approximated by typing “(O”, which puts two dots that are a little too far to the left, and too close together, but works okay. I don’t know of any way to approximate the s.

  3. RLM

    I can’t figure out how to type the tehtar for the sound ‘ya’. It doesn’t seem to be on the keyboard map. Am I just being obtuse?

  4. Reise for Muay Thai

    Hi there, the whole thing is going fine here and ofcourse every one is
    sharing data, that’s in fact fine, keep up writing.

  5. Jahir Loewenthal

    Hi good day. it is possible to me to tell me please how to write correctly in tengwar “Ana Sanchez” and “Be strong and courageous, do not be discouraged” thanks

  6. Rilluviel

    Hello! The link to the Sindarin mode guide returns a 404 error 😦

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