This is an important post! It’s a warning to everyone who thinks to get some “elvish tattoo”. Think twice, thrice, 264 times before you get a tattoo in a language or alphabet you don’t have enough knowledge to read by yourself. Here it’s a compilation of wrong tattoos. It will be updated constantly when a tattoo pops up deserving to be part of this collection. It’s a tragedy when someone who truly wishes to pay a tribute to Tolkien and his work, has a gibberish tattoo permanently inked on one’s skin. I weep for them! On the other hand, it’s really funny to mock those who want to show off how nerdy and well skilled in elvish they are with their “only-an-illiterate-elf-would-read-that-because-it-makes-no-sense” tattoo. So, please…whatever your motivations are to get something tattooed in Tengwar, please check A LOT before getting it. Perhaps learn a little bit how Tengwar works. It’s not hard. Quenya101 can help you to learn it! Behold now the ultimate elvish tattoo collection (the freaking bad ones):
What is wrong?
The common mistakes are:
- Getting any Tengwar font and typing it thinking Tengwar would work exactly like the Roman alphabet displayed in the computer keyboard. The end result are always something like “sdghtrwfeyuhjk”. Surprisingly, people tattoo that!
- Confusing Tengwar Modes and getting a tattoo for instance, in English with the writing rules of Quenya, Sindarin or any other language. It’s a detail, but it makes a whole difference. E.g.: instead of Fernando in Spanish, one might get Frenand o. People don’t pay attention to details and get them tattooed!
- Choosing a Tengwar font (the worst for the job: Tengwar Gandalf) and not observing the tehtar positions for that particular font. There are some variations among Tengwar fonts. They are very small sometimes, but to the literate eye, they are clear to observe, they are right there! It’s lik ty pin g th is wya. See? People get tehtar weirdly positioned and have them tattooed all the time!
- Paying someone to supposedly write something in elvish when clearly this someone has a very limited knowledge! Would you like to spend $30 to get some gibberish elvish writing and tattoo it? With our dear Starchamber site, YOU CAN! People spend money on that and they get tattoos without realizing the joke is on them!
…the golden rule is: LEARN before you get something tattooed! ASK someone who really knows what one is tolkien about! RESEARCH thoroughly in sources with linguistic credentials. There are many Tolkien linguistics studies who can be checked BEFORE you get some ink you’ll regret for the rest of your mortal life! I wish you all a healthy and well decorated skin!