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White Tree Awards V

500th

What a mark! Here we are! Due to all Tolkien fans we have reached such a mark! Let’s celebrate it! Below, we shall have the White Tree Awards V for the best Quenya101 posts from 03/14/16 to 11/17/16. So quick since the last awards. Here’s what we got on this 5th edition:

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And the White Tree goes to…

Best Engaging

It seems Tengwar was perfectly made for tattoos, huh? But only when written correctly, kids.

Best Commented

What a reception! People loved the inauguration of Q101 Shop and commented everywhere! Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook…beyond Quenya101 reach!

Best Attraction

A revolution took place in the field of Tengwar fonts designing and you watched from prime seats here in Quenya101!

Best Rated

Everyone loves a compilation which makes life easier, right? You rated the best and here it is the guide you wanted, at your hand!

Best Spread

It spread like wildfire! Huge traffic in few days and it continued on and on. It seems the whole galaxy spread it everywhere! I wonder if it reached Andromeda too.

And,…

according to YOU, the BEST of all is…

Best People’s Choice

What a surprise! Least to say, what a coincidence! Last White Tree Awards we got something from the Bible too, and now…you chose it again! Wow, super cool!

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And the 5th White Tree Awards is coming…

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Here we are, once again in our festive time, celebrating the last 100 posts from Quenya101! Check out below the best of the best and pick your favorite for People’s Choice Awards!

VOTE for your TOP 3

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Elvish Tattoo Guide

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Starting October, 12th, 2016 Quenya101 brings you this new featured service, the Elvish Tattoo Q101!

tumblr_o2iejeu4d01sa2p7qo1_500Have you got the feeling of tattooing the most beautiful alphabet created by Tolkien with a very significant sentence of yours BUT….are you afraid you might end up with gibberish?

Fear it not, my human friend! With Tattoo Q101 not only you’re gonna get a most accurate Quenya translation, but you’re gonna have it HUGE, 6x HUGE (for tattoo artists’ sake). So how does it work? Just like the very good old Fast Line with some differences.  Check the quick FAQ here so you know all details:

FAQ Index

1 – What is Tattoo Q101?

2 – How long does it take to get my answer?

3 – How does it work?

4 – How many things can I get with one single donation?

5 – What exactly do I get with each kind of request (names, quotes, sentences & special dates)?

6 – How large are these HUGE Tengwar fonts?

7 – How many Tengwar fonts do I get and where do I choose them?

8 – I do want my ink as accurate as possible! Where will I be answered? Where do I click?

1 – What is Tattoo Q101?

It’s how you can request anything to be translated accurately into Quenya so you get your tattoo with no concerns, fears or the like.

2 – How long does it take to get my answer?

Up to 101 hours! That’s right! There are huge lines everywhere but you’ll just need to wait few days and voilà! Ready to ink!

3 – How does it work?

Click on the Tattoo Q101 buttons on the site, donate the requested amount and leave a message (if no message is left, please comment at the site or contact me) with your donation, asking the name/famous quote/sentence/special date you want to be translated into Quenya.

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4 – How many things can I get with one single donation?

Per donation you can ask 1 name OR 1 famous quote (taken from books, movies, songs, etc.) OR 1 random sentence at your choice OR 1 special date. Important: quotes and sentences are limited to 150 characters (space and punctuation counting as well). If you want something above the character limitation, please make additional donations accordingly.

5 – What exactly do I get with each kind of request (names, quotes, sentences & special dates)?

You get everything Fast Line already brought you! Check here all the details.

6 – How large are these HUGE Tengwar fonts?

Well, They’re super HUGE! How huge? Instead of describing it, let me show you the regular size and the super HUGE. Compare and draw your conclusions:

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The regular size. Cool but not good enough for tattoo purposes, huh?

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Now, we’re talking! HUGE size. Not huge enough? Click on the image and you’ll see… … yeah, perfect, huh?

Bottom line: instead of an average of 24-sized fonts, you’ll get something around 288! (OUCH, my eyes! They blew up on my eyes!)

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7 – How many Tengwar fonts do I get and where do I choose them?

You can get 6 fonts! That’s right, not only one or two like before. SIX! A whole Tengwar collection. You can choose the one 6-font Tengwar collection you want by clicking on the banners below and checking the styles that suit you:

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High-elven

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Grey-elven

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Green-elven

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Silvan-elven

It is ESSENTIAL you mention which Fonts collection you want for your request. If no collection is mentioned, a random one may be picked for you.

8 – I do want my ink as accurate as possible! Where do I click?

At the appropriate page according to your request, you’ll get it answered. Check the pages here.

Shut up and let me click, right? Okie Dokie, sir… click below and let me be at your services:

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Click – Ask – Get – Ink

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THE definite Tengwar Fonts Guide

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Voilà! The guide is among us. Tengwar Fonts Ultimate Guide has been released today and now you can get ALL the Tengwar Fonts there are in the internet in one single place. HERE!

Updates will come, additions will be made and all the new and original Tengwar Fonts I’m developing right now (and some have already been displayed like Tengwar Kornography and Tengwar Kids) will be there!

This will also affect Fast Line and X101 requests! Oh yeah! And it’s for the better. Now, new packs with new fonts will be available and you just need to ask it to have them written for you!

I told you, didn’t I? BEHOLD, it’s a new Tengwar Fonts era! Right here, right now…

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Quenya 1st Class: Lesson 2 starts NOW!

It’s with great happiness that although delayed, I present to you the 2nd lesson of our exclusive Quenya101 Basic Course!

The adjectives!

Everyone already enrolled in the class, please email me to get the new password for this class. When you email me, please tell when you got yourself enrolled. That info will help me.

L1A

As Lesson 1, this 2nd lesson will bring a dialogue (already there), grammar detailed explanations about the point being analyzed, vocabulary expansions, exercises and this particular lesson will also feature a very important orthographic/phonetic reminder about Quenya and Tengwar.

L1B

I wanna be explicity honest with you all and apologize for the delay in the releasing of this lesson. 2013 was a very nasty year! Growing pains.

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Anyway, read AND listen the dialogue of lesson 2 at Quenya101 Basic Course right now! Let’s keep learning and improving our dear beloved Quenya!

Lesson 2 Dialogue

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X101

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Public announcement

Starting this December, 1st, 2013, people will have a new Fast Line feature. It’ll be called eXtra101 (X101) where you’ll get MUCH MORE than what Fast Line already gives you. After you’re familiar with Fast Line rules, read below what’s different with X101 and the good things that are kept the same!

What’s the same:

  • 101-hour delivery time guaranteed!
  • Answers given publicly through the site.
  • Accuracy primed so you get the best there is concerning Quenya syntaxis, name’s etymology and so on.

What’s different:

You get MORE, always more according to the request you make.

Names

Poem & Prose

How do we say (…) in Quenya?

Attention: My special day in the Elvish Calendar does not participate in the X101 new feature.

Crazy, huh? Yeah! Fast Line is a huge success and X101 will only give you MORE!

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If you want it EXTRA, come and get it!

If you’re ready for the extra elvish feeling, get it below. Don’t forget to leave a very specific message attached with your Paypal donation (or send an email to me). If you don’t specify which elvish pack and huge elvish font you want, it’ll be randomly chosen for you.

Do you want more? MUCH MUCH MORE? Then click here!

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Quenya Case Declension Guide – Dative

In this third part of the series, we bring you the Dative Case and how it works in Quenya. It’s not hard at all, but one must start thinking syntactically when composing sentences in Quenya otherwise common mistakes are prone to happen. Before starting, if you have any doubt and wanna recheck the past posts, take a look below:

Index of this series

Introduction

Nominative

Dative Case

How to use it?

You just add the basic dative suffix -n to the nouns ending in vowel. If it ends in consonant, you gotta add -en. Is that it? No, not quite so. The table below shows all the possibilities when dealing with nouns (singular, plural & dual):

Dative Case Table

 

So, the full rules are:

Singular

  • Noun ending in vowel = +n
  • Noun ending in consonant = +en

Plural

  • Noun ending in a, o, u & consonant = +in
  • Noun ending in ë, ië & i = +ín (while dropping the ë, ië & i)

Dual requires a bit of attention. A good tip is checking the Nominative Dual of the word. If it ends in T, add an -n before it. If it ends in U, add an -n after it. So…

Dual

As mentioned previously in this series, you must always consider the stem of the word before forming any plural or dual. Irregularities happen and basically one gotta get used with them and knows them by heart as it’s done with mother or natural tongues. Now, the BIG question remains:….

When to use it?

1. when the noun is an indirect object of a sentence.

E.g.: Antan i orva i aranen. (I give the apple to the king). Aran is the indirect object while orva is the direct object. Aran gets the dative suffix -en and orva stays the same. Quenya as well as Latin, gives a certain freedom when you compose a sentence due to the case declination. The same sentence shown as example here could have been written like:

  • Antan i aranen i orva.
  • I orva antan i aranen.
  • I aranen i orva antan.

Of course, you would end up sounding a bit like Yoda, but it’s possible, you know.

2. when using impersonal verbs

E.g.: Mauya i eldan nahta i orqui. (The elf must/needs (to) kill the orcs. Literally: It compels the elf to kill the orcs.) There are many impersonal verbs and most of them doesn’t resemble anything like English. The verb “to dream” in Quenya, for instance is impersonal! You cannot say “I dream” in Quenya. Instead you say: “It dreams for me”. Below, some impersonal verbs:

  • mauya = to compel, to need, must to
  • óla = to dream
  • ecë = may (meaning to have chance, permission or opportunity)
  • marta = to happen
  • orë = to impel, to urge, to move (mentally)

Besides impersonal verbs, there are few regular verbs which demands an indirect object when one is not expecting it. Like apsenë (to forgive) which express the idea of “to forgive something FOR someone”. So, I forgive you is “Apsenin len” (I forgive for you)

3. when using “in order to” or implying its meaning.

E.g.: I nauco roita matien. (Literally: “The dwarf hunts for the eating” / The dwarf hunts in order to eat / The dwarf hunts to eat) Matië is the gerund form of the verb to eat “matë”. Essentially, matië behaves as a noun and therefore it may receive case declensions like dative suffix here. This usage is very tricky and shady but always ask yourself: Can I add “in order to” in my sentence and the meaning would be kept intact? If the answer is yes, you got this very situation described here and dative case suffix attached to the gerund form of the verb will be used!

4. when using the preposition “rá”

E.g.: I periandi úvar mahta rá Sauronden. (The halflings won’t fight on behalf of Sauron) Rá means “on behalf of, for” and it always require dative declension. Easy! When you see rá, dative must follow!

It's not that hard, is it?

It’s not that hard, is it?

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War is what it will be!

It’s gone! It’s done!

With those words of relief, Frodo conclude the task that was appointed to him. We also conclude our top 10 LotR Board Games right now, with the #1 board game of all time! All other games you can see here: #10#9#8 #7#6#5#4,  #3 & #2, but no place for 2nd places, right here right now, we got GOLD we got:

#1

War of the Ring (Second Edition)

(2012)

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As its predecessor…

In War of the Ring, one player takes control of the Free Peoples (FP), the other player controls Shadow Armies (SA).

Initially, the Free People Nations are reluctant to take arms against Sauron, so they must be attacked by Sauron or persuaded by Gandalf or other Companions, before they start to fight properly: this is represented by the Political Track, which shows if a Nation is ready to fight in the War of the Ring or not.

The game can be won by a military victory, if Sauron conquers a certain number of Free People cities and strongholds or vice versa. But the true hope of the Free Peoples lies with the quest of the Ringbearer: while the armies clash across Middle Earth, the Fellowship of the Ring is trying to get secretly to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring. Sauron is not aware of the real intention of his enemies but is looking across Middle Earth for the precious Ring, so that the Fellowship is going to face numerous dangers, represented by the rules of The Hunt for the Ring. But the Companions can spur the Free Peoples to the fight against Sauron, so the Free People player must balance the need to protect the Ringbearer from harm, against the attempt to raise a proper defense against the armies of the Shadow, so that they do not overrun Middle Earth before the Ringbearer completes his quest.

Each game turn revolves around the roll of Action Dice: each die corresponds to an action that a player can do during a turn. Depending on the face rolled on each die, different actions are possible (moving armies, characters, recruiting troops, advancing a Political Track).

Action dice can also be used to draw or play Event Cards. Event Cards are played to represent specific events from the story (or events which could possibly have happened) which cannot be portrayed through normal game-play. Each Event Card can also create an unexpected turn in the game, allowing special actions or altering the course of a battle.

This one is surely the ultimate experience one might expect when playing a game about Lord of the Rings. As I recently watched a Dice Tower Top 10 list (by the way wherein this kind of post was inspired) Sam Healey said: “War of the Ring IS The Lord of the Rings” in board game format.

I hope you enjoyed Quenya101 top 10 LotR board game and perhaps it’ll serve you like a guide for the next time you wanna acquire some tabletop fun!

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White Tree Awards III

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How did we make it? I don’t know. I just know it all started here with no pretension whatsoever. I guess perhaps that was the trick in it. Let’s just make something we enjoy together and yeah….if people enjoy it too, cool! White Tree Awards was born with this idea in mind: to show what people have enjoyed too! 😀

The 3rd edition of this award celebrate the best post achievements between 10/22/12 and 10/10/13.

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And the White Tree goes to…

Most Engaging

Thousands and thousands of people just flock to this post for the past 7 months! #1!

Most Philological

Quenya verb system easily explained so you can conjugate them all!

Most Polemic

Quenya101 shows you the TRUTH behind those magical elvish sites!

Most Spread

Impressive stats! And it’s NOT in English! Puxa, pessoal!

Most Watched

Undoubtedly an amazing pen for an amazing alphabet!

Most Jaw-dropping

Troy’s idea was jaw-dropping and the results got awesome!

And now…..the MAJOR prizes!

Best Rated

not all those who wander are lost full analysis in quenya BEST

“Not all those who wander are lost” FULL analysis in Quenya

Sky-high as I told you above and just rising! Prime analysis!

Best Funny

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A Maia called…. SpongeBob SquarePants

We all get drunk and sing stupid songs sometimes,….don’t we?

Best Translation

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The Prophecy of Malbeth Quenyanna

A very well dug text from Tolkien and translated nicely into Quenya!

Best Attraction

the church of middle earth

The Church of Middle-Earth

Not about religion, but beauty and style. Must see!

Best Commented

the hobbit an unexpected journey review

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Review

What a event! What a great day around the World!

And…..

You all voted on the next one…..

Best People’s Choice

an elvish love story

An elvish love poem

Oh, love…what is love! Warmth to our hearts!

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And the Award goes to….

YOU CHOOSE!

White Tree Awards III is almost here, and you’re the one who’s gonna choose the best post among the last 100 from Quenya101. We want to hear you! We wanna know what you enjoyed the most here so we can continue to make it better and better FOR YOU! If you’re a new fan around here, take some time and check the options below. If you’re with us for some time now, vote for that singular post which delivered to you everything you like the most: 101% Tolkien material right on!

And the Nominees for the ‘White Tree Awards III’ People’s Choice is:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cast your vote now! You can choose more than one option as well as vote as many time as you want!

Thank you for voting and see you there at our Award Ceremony!

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The All-Elvish Tengwar Keyboard

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:

Quenya keyboard table

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:

Tengwar full keyboard

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!

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Quenya Case Declension Guide – Nominative

I really considered NOT writing this post as Nominative case is pretty simple and present in all languages in the universe. But why letting this Quenya Case Declension Guide be sort of incomplete without this Nominative explanation too? People who are beginning their studies might need this info, so here I am for the rescue! “Let’s do it” I say!

Index of this series

Introduction

Nominative Case

How to use it?

Easy! There is NO case suffix to be added to the noun! Nothing is added! You just need to pay attention to the number of the noun and that’s it, that’s Nominative! Check the table below:

Important

Nouns in Quenya are separated in 2 types: The ones ending in vowel and the ones ending in consonant. Also, there are 3 numbers: singular, plural and dual. (strictly two, only two, a pair of)

Nominative table

The basic rule for plural form involves:

  • nouns ending in vowel = +r
  • nouns ending in consonant = +i

Of course, there are irregularities. Sometimes the stem of the word is taken into consideration before forming its plural form. Take a look at “perian” for instance. Unlike, “aran” which ends in ‘n’ and has a regular form, “perian” has the stem “periand-” and therefore “periandi” as plural, NOT “periani”.

The basic rule for dual form involves:

  • euphony! Depending on the sound, the word may gain a +t or +u

Dual is hard! You gotta consider many things before forming a dual as the ending of the word, the sound of the word, the irregular and/or old forms of that word. It’s tough and you’ll need a little research before forming one, unless you know it by heart. Some are pretty common like alda>aldu (tree>pair of trees) hen>hendu (eye>pair of eyes) and cirya>ciryat (ship>pair of ships)

When to use it?

1. when a noun is the subject of a sentence. 

E.g.: I arani nar vanimë. (The kings are handsome). “Arani” is the subject of this sentence and therefore it’s nominative case.

2. when a noun is the predicate. (i.e. a property or quality that a subject has or is characterized by)

E.g.: Legolas ná i elda melis (Legolas is the elf she loves). “Elda” is the predicate of this sentence, it is the quality or property of the subject Legolas, therefore it’s nominative case.

3. when the noun is the direct object of a sentence.

E.g.: I naucor antar i macil i perianden (The dwarves give the sword to the halfling). “Macil” is the direct object of the sentence. Something (direct object) is given to someone (indirect object). As there is not an accusative case in “Modern Quenya” (3rd Age of the Sun or LotR Quenya), the direct object form remains the same as nominative.

4. when the noun comes after most prepositions, particles and the like.

E.g: I hendu nar opo i cendelë. (The eyes are in front of the face). “Cendelë” comes after the preposition “opo” and it remains in nominative case. Be careful here because even though Quenya has few prepositions, some requires the declination of the noun to another case such as genitive, allative, etc. The main exceptions are the particles: et, arwa, rá & ú (out of, in control of, on behalf of, destitute of; respectively)

You're "nominative marksmanship" has just increased!

Your “nominative marksmanship” has just increased! Aim for it!

Stay tuned….there’s MUCH more to come!

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