This post is dedicated to Troy Telford. He requested me through Fast Line to help him in writing down a full Tengwar Keyboard, but not only that; he also wanted some important keys like Ctrl, Alt, Shift and so on to be translated into Quenya. I found his idea pretty cool and as he’s set to make the elvish keyboard a reality, why not participating in this interesting project?
Additionally, I think this will interest a lot Elizabeth from New Zealand who recently asked me about math operations (the basic ones) and their adaptation into Quenya.
That’s exactly what Quenya101 is all about! We’re set to help YOU with everything you may need concerning Quenya lore! I hope Troy, Elizabeth and many fans out there enjoy a lot this humble post and use it anyway they feel like (just don’t forget the credits please, it’s not much I ask)
Firstly, you’ll find a table with the ideas behind the project. Have in mind that many things came out from Troy himself. I just corrected one thing or two and establish a standard when adapting words and concepts. Here it goes:
Obviously, here in Quenya101, we followed Dan Smith’s mapping because it flows natural when you type them. It’s not like a Roman alphabet mind would expect it to be (like qwerty positioning) but when it comes to Tengwar itself, it makes a whole lotta sense. All the translations shown above are presented delightfully in the image below. Click to make it big:
This is the closest one can get when imagining how a keyboard would be in Middle-Earth or Valinor. It’s got all keys translated into Quenya, tengwar are positioned on their proper places (red ones are reached by SHIFT) and even math operations (+ – * /) appear in the num pad. Those are adapted using Sarati, an ancient elvish alphabet, which would correlate with Greek and its symbols so widely used in maths.
Troy, if you ever get this keyboard done, if it ever comes to existence, if you got on your hands on something like this, PLEASE show me! Please please please show me and tell me how you got it. I’d love to type things using that baby!