Tengwar Kanji

Shall we bring Tengwar alphabet to the NEXT LEVEL?

I love Japanese culture. Everything from Japan amazes me! Their discipline, their technology, their good manners, traditions, history. Recently, I have even found out that their food isn’t that bad (I used to dislike the idea of eating raw fish) and I got addicted to salmon sashimi.

Influenced by all that, I was wondering for some time: What if Tengwar had visual signs that would convey a whole idea like Kanji does? That definitely would be interesting!

Well….I’m creative, you know. I like to come up with new ideas, new stuff…so why not Tengwar Kanji!

Below I share some of my ideas of how Tengwar Kanji would look like. Of course…these are my ideas. It’s nothing official, nothing attested, just a free exercise on Tengwar forms, shapes and visual features. Feel free to comment, to compliment, to criticize; and if you like the exercise….please share some ideas for Tengwar Kanji too! If you’re crazy about Tolkien, you’ll have fun in the process. Quenya101 guarantees that!


the planet with stars all around. It’s a pun with the word in Quenya (Arda) which you can read right there in a very unusual way. It may stand for Cementári too.


The air in motion (represented by the tehtar floating) with an extended thúlë which is the first tengwar of the Quenya word súrë (wind). It may stand for Manwë too.


The heat, the blaze, the non-destructive power of fire. It was based on the Quenya word nárë (fire) as base and some kind of a plate above where smoke is rising due to the fire beneath. It may stand for Aulë or even a volcano itself.


The Sea, the rivers, everything that Ulmo controls in Arda. It’s based solemnly on the flowing visual effect that the tengwa essë provides. It may stand for Ulmo himself or even fishes, waves or shores.


That is a crazy one! I mixed some tengwar and tehtar and in the end I had something like a Balrog face spiting fire (Don’t worry if you don’t see that. It means you’re sane!). It may stand for Melkor or even a Balrog.


This is a central core element for all Elves. It must have a Kanji of its own. It was based on the short supporting vowelthe first tengwa of the word elen (star) with some sparkles all around. It may stand for Varda, light or even a Silmaril.

So…that’s what I have in mind. Creating some cool stuff and enhancing the visual aspect of Tengwar alphabet. I have some other Kanji ready in store, but I’ll bring them some other time. What did you think? Shall we grab the idea and create a new thing?



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15 responses to “Tengwar Kanji

  1. Joshua

    Can I use one of these as a tattoo?

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  7. That was AMAZING! I love them, they are like a picture

    • Thank you!!!! I’m glad you liked it! Please, if you wish, feel free to contribute with any idea you got! The “Kanji game” is free for all!

  8. Do you study Japanese? If you do, and are interested, my recommendation would be to take up Mandarin too 🙂

    • I haven’t studied Japanese yet. I took one Mandarin free class and loved it! It is a “crazy” language (for my personal taste) but soooo interesting. I flirt quite a lot with Chinese/Japanese culture! I love it!

  9. Speaking from my experience in mandarin Dand some Japanese, I think Tengwar kanji is quite realistic 🙂 after all, the kanji/word for wood I.e 木 used to look a lot like a tree, but now it looks nothing like a tree. So I suppose the balrog/evil sign can be somewhat like a balrog, if you squint very hard 😛 this is a totally different direction, one that I think would be fun to develope 😀

    • Me too!!! The notion and idea is realistic. I don’t know if culturally the Elves themselves would come up with this Tengwar Kanji idea, like the Chinese people did…but….let’s play a bit with the concept, huh?

      Thank you for the comment! You understood the spirit of the idea! Let’s play with infinite possibilities! 🙂

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