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We are here, gathered together my friends, not to celebrate only the new elvish year (XV 1) which starts at sunset this March, 29th, 2017. No. We’re here because a NEW CENTURY starts! Not a human century though which are shorter, but an elvish one which lasts 144 years!

Last Yén started on March, 29th, 1873 and so you got an idea how far back that was, let’s check some interesting events that happened in the beginning of the XIV Yén:

05/01/1873 = 1st US postal card issued (and now we’re on the age of the internet for some decades where postal cards are pre-historic)

07/21/1873 = Jesse James gang’s 1st train robbery (and now we see those old Wild West stories on movies and not on the news as real life daily routine events)

09/06/1873 = Regular cable car service begins in San Francisco  (and the revolution on transportation didn’t stop there, did it? After all, we went to the moon not on cable cars)

Which changes will there be in 2160? Will there be peace after all? Is death be long gone? New technologies which we don’t even dream right now? Cure for all diseases? All these may be far-fetched, but so was the internet, the movies and the rockets in the year 1873, right?


When is the sunset where you live?

Also, we are proud to announce a NEW version of the Elvish Calendar designed by Erutulco Eruntano, our Quenya Master here, which gets rid of some bugs happening with the days of the week and so on. Now you got a better and enhanced version to calculate your days like an elven boss!

Tengwar calendar

You can change the languages now to: English, Spanish, German, Russian, Quenya and Quenya (Tengwar) beta version.

Download version 3.0 now and start the elvish century anew!


T101 & Q101


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Elizabeth, my Tengwar is thine…


And here it is!!!! The 3rd original and exclusive Quenya101 Tengwar font to be released, Tengwar Bathory.



As dark as it can get, Tengwar Bathory is dedicated to Elizabeth Bathory (kind obvious huh?), the blood countess who has inspired many songs and movies due to its cruelty and brutality when killing young women only to bathe in their blood. [OUCH! Nasty!]

Wow, dude! What a fantastic font to write in red blood and pure white in the darkest of pics. By the way, credits must be given to Mariam Zakarian and Jessica Lundberg! You can see their beautiful art here.

With a gothic style and dripping blood with its sharp corners, Tengwar Bathory is ideal for translating that black metal lyrics into Quenya. The writings in the image above is an example. You can check their meanings here and here.

Below, a Quenya pangram so you can taste the flavour of Tengwar Bathory:


There you go. Don’t forget to stay tuned for more!!! The 4th Tengwar Font is out in the oven…hmmmm, so delicious….


Tengwar Burger! Yummy!

But WAIT! You can get Tengwar Bathory RIGHT NOW! No need to wait. (As well as Tengwar Kornography and Tengwar Kids). Click below and enjoy your fancy Tengwar typing!

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NEW quote translated into Quenya!

Thomas Müntzer’s quote

(Requested by Joel Laforest and answered in 101 hours with EXTRA features through X101)

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Request anything you want in the appropriate pages and they’ll all be gladly answered to you. If you don’t wanna wait a long time in line, please consider quicker options like…

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OMNIA SVNT COMMVNIA is the 465th famous quote translated into Quenya…



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Wait for it … in Quenya

Wait for it in QuenyaWait for it.

NEW quote translated into Quenya!

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Wait For It

(Requested by Morgan Bowles and answered in 53 hours through Fast Line)

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Request anything you want in the appropriate pages and they’ll all be gladly answered to you. If you don’t wanna wait a long time in line, please consider quicker options like…

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Wait for it is the 460th famous quote translated into Quenya…



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Isaiah in Quenya

isaiah 2This deserves a post! Kara Johnson requested through Fast Line 3 verses of Isaiah 40 and due to its length we shall have that right here as a separate post. Directly from Hebrew to Quenya (wow, that’s a long trip), I present to you all…

Isaiah 40:29-31

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lw{v’K ~yir.Wx;b.W .W[‘gIy.w ~yir'[.n .Wp][Iy.w ? .Wlev’KIy

~yir’v.N;K r,bea .Wl][;y ;x{k .Wpyil]x;y h’wh.y eyw{q.w ? .Wp'[yIy a{l.w .Wk.ley .W[‘gyIy a{l.w .Wc.Wr’y


“He gives power to the tired one and full might to those lacking strength.

Boys will tire out and grow weary, and young men will stumble and fall,

But those hoping in Jehovah will regain power.They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary;
They will walk and not tire out.”

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He gives power to the tired one and full might to those lacking strength.

He gives power to the tired one and full might to those lacking strength.

Boys will tire out and grow weary, and young men will stumble and fall,

Boys will tire out and grow weary, and young men will stumble and fall,

But those hoping in Jehovah will regain power. They will soar on wings like

But those hoping in Jehovah will regain power. They will soar on wings like

eagles. They will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not tire out.

eagles. They will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not tire out.


Antas túrë lumba quén ar quanta túrëo quenin nar túrelórë.

Seldor queruvar intë ar nauvar lumbë, ar vinyë neri taltuvar ar lantuvar,

Mal queni yar haryar estel Yáwessë emmapuvar túrë. Wiluvantë rámainen ve sorni. Yuruvantë ar úvantë lumbë, vantuvantë ar úvantë sendalórë.





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Þorn & ƿynn

ampersandEAs the previous post showed there was a time that Latin Alphabet had 27 letters. Yes, English was written with 1 additional letter, the &. (due to Latin influence). Now, before there was even a Latin influence to be accounted for something, there was Anglo-Saxon culture and their Runic Alphabet known as fuþorc to start with. FuÞorc! See? There’s already a different letter right there, right? Read below a little bit more about the history of our own alphabet and those 2 extinct letters…

Þorn & ƿynn

(thorn and wynn)

Our analysis start with  Old English. English was first written in the alphabet mentioned above, the Anglo-Saxon fuÞorc, also known as Anglo-Saxon. The Angles and Saxons came from Germany and settled in Britain in the fifth century. The region they inhabited became known as “Angle-land,” or “England.”


Eventually, Christian missionaries introduced the Latin alphabet, which ultimately replaced Anglo-Saxon. But for some time, the alphabet included the letters of the Latin alphabet, some symbols (like &), and some letters of Old English.

As Modern English evolved, the Old English letters were dropped or replaced.

(Our trusty alphabet isn’t the only part of language that has changed — October used to be the eighth month, and September the seventh.)

ye-olde-pizza-shoppeHere’s an example:  In Old English, a letter called “thorn” represented the “th” sound (as in “that”) in Modern English. In the Latin alphabet, the “y” was the symbol that most closely resembled the character that represented thorn. So, thorn was dropped and “y” took its place.

That is why the word “ye,” as in “Ye Olde Booke Shoppe,” is an archaic spelling of “the.”

The Old English letter “wynn” was replaced by “uu,” which eventually developed into the modern w. (It really is a double u.)

The letters “u” and “j” didn’t join what we know as the alphabet until the sixteenth century.







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And per se And

tumblr_m7xje9NcsY1r8en8vo1_500Alphabets! Great group of symbols designed to express a language in written media. Alphabets are present in our everyday life (right now you’re reading one arranged according to English language) and we never realize the long story & journey each single letter has to tell. For instance, what happened to the 27th lost letter of Roman alphabet? What was it & why it’s not around here anymore?

Johnson & Johnson, Barnes & Noble, Dolce & Gabbana: the AMPERSAND today is used primarily in business names, but that small character was indeed the 27th letter of the Latin alphabet. Where did it come from though? The origin of its name is almost as bizarre as the name itself.

The shape of the character (&) predates the word ampersand by more than 1,500 years. In the first doug-ampersand-1-480x960century, Roman scribes wrote in cursive, so when they wrote the Latin word et which means “and” they linked the e and t. Over time the combined letters came to signify the word “and” in English as well. Certain versions of the ampersand, like that in the font Caslon, clearly reveal the origin of the shape.

The word “ampersand” came many years later when “&” was actually part of the English alphabet. In the early 1800s, school children reciting their ABCs concluded the alphabet with the &. It would have been confusing to say “X, Y, Z, and.” Rather, the students said, “and per se and.” “Per se” means “by itself,” so the students were essentially saying, “X, Y, Z, and by itself and.” Over time, “and per se and” was slurred together into the word we use today: ampersand.

(The ampersand is also used in an unusual configuration where it appears as “&c” and means etc. The ampersand does double work as the e and t.)


The ampersand isn’t the only former member of the alphabet. There are MORE and it’ll be shown for the curious and avid minds soon. Stay tuned.

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The Awakening of the Elves


How did life begin in Arda? Who were the Adam & Eve of the elves? How did the awakening happen in full detail? How many elves were there in the beginning of all?

Below, you’ll find a summary of a short text written by Tolkien called Cuivienyarna which constitutes part of Quendi & Eldar (an excellent text taken from War of the Jewels). Did curiosity take you by the hand? Don’t worry, let’s ride with it!

cuivienen_by_tin_sulwen-d5n1yobAccording to a legend of the Elves, the first Elves were awakened by Eru Ilúvatar long before the beginning of the First Age of the Sun, near the bay of Cuiviénen. The first Elf to awake was called Imin (“First”). Next to him lay Iminyë, who would become his wife. Near where Imin woke, awoke Tata (“Second”) and Tatië, and Enel (“Third”) and Enelyë.

Imin, Tata, and Enel and their wives joined up, and walked through the forests. They first came across six pairs of Elves, and Imin, as eldest, claimed them as his people, and woke them. After a short time Imin and his people, together with Tata and Enel, continued their journey. Next, they came across nine pairs of Elves, and Tata as second eldest, claimed them as his people. After a short time the now thirty-six Elves continued their journey. Then they found twelve pairs of Elves, and Enel, as third eldest, claimed them as his people.


For many days the now sixty Elves dwelt by the rivers, and they began to invent poetry and music.

Finally they set out again, but Imin thought to himself that since each time they had found more Elves and his folk was least in size, he would now choose last.

They came across eighteen pairs of Elves, who were watching the stars, and Tata and Enel waited for Imin to claim tumblr_inline_mjr1mxlxAu1qz4rgpthem for his people, but Imin told them he would wait, so Tata added them to his folk. They were tall and had dark hair, and they were the fathers of most of the Ñoldor of later times.

The ninety-six Elves now spoke with each other and invented many new words, but then they continued their journey. Next they found twenty-four pairs of Elves, who were singing without language, and again Imin was offered the choice, but refused. Therefore Enel chose them as his people, and from them came most of theLindar or singers of later times.

And the hundred and forty-four Elves now dwelt long together, until all had learned the same language, and they were glad. But then Imin said it was time to seek more companions for him, but most of the others were content and did not join him. So Imin and Iminyë and their twelve companions set out alone, and they searched long near Cuiviénen, but never found any more companions.


And because all Elves had been found in groups of twelve, twelve became the number they counted with ever after, and 144 was for long their highest number, and in none of their later tongues was there therefore any common name for a greater number.

After the tale of the Awakening of the Elves the Companions of Imin or the Eldest Company (the later Vanyar) numbered fourteen, and they remained the smallest company. The Companions of Tata (half of whom became the Ñoldor) numbered fifty-six, and they remained the second-largest company. The Companions of Enel (the later Lindar or Teleri) were the largest company, numbering seventy-four.

Melkor was the first to learn of the Awakening. He soon began sending evil spirits among the Elves, who planted seeds of doubt against the Valar. It is also rumoured that some of the Elves were being captured by a Rider if they strayed too far, and the Elves later believed these were brought to Utumno and twisted into Orcs.


Oromë one day came across the Elves, and realized who they were. At first the Elves were suspicious of him, fearing he was the Rider who captured the Elves, and because of the lies of Melkor. Nevertheless, three lords of the Elves agreed to come with Oromë to Valinor. These were Ingwë of the Minyar (later Vanyar), Finwë of the Tatyar (later Ñoldor), and Elwë of the Lindar. In due time, Ingwë, Finwë and Elwë returned to Cuivienen, and told the Elves of the glory of Valinor, and there befell the Sundering of the Elves. All the Minyar and half of the Tatyar were persuaded, along with most of the Lindar, and followed Oromë into the west on the Great Journey. These have been known ever since by the name Eldar, or “Star-folk”, which Oromë gave to them in their own language. The remainder of the Tatyar and Lindar remained suspicious, or simply refused to depart from their own lands, and spread gradually throughout the wide lands of Middle-earth. They were after known by the name Avari, meaning ‘the Unwilling’, because they refused the summons, in Quenya, the language of the Eldar that eventually reached Valinor.





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Tolkien dies!

You are not reading something on the internet because it was not invented yet.

Today is 09/03/73. You wake up, take a good look in the mirror and start wondering how this Monday is gonna be like. There’s no time to waste as you gotta rush to the work. You take a quick breakfast and start driving as soon as possible. At the office, you go to your desk and BOOOOM, it’s there! That piece of paper that mocks you, that challenges you to believe it, yeah that short story on that piece of paper says:


“Oh no!” you think! That cannot be! How could you live without the precious stories that were meant to come from the Professor? You were waiting anxiously for the continuing of The Lord of the Rings, speculated by some and awaited by all. This cannot be happening! What about the grammar book you coveted so much which would take a deep insight in the languages of Tolkien, something you wanted, something you needed, something you wished so much….but….then, everything is gone. It’s dead. You are defeated by reality. She is bitter, she doesn’t care for you. She bites and she took her toll today. Your day gets even worse when you realize for sure THIS IS HAPPENING when you read the Professor’s Obituary:


J. R. R. Tolkien Dead at 81; Wrote ‘The Lord of the Rings’


LONDON, Sept. 2-J. R. R. Tolkien, linguist, scholar and author of “The Lord of the Rings,” died today in Bournemouth. He was 81 years old. Three sons and a daughter survive.

Creator of a World

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien cast a spell over tens of thousands of Americans in the nineteen-sixties with his 500,000-word trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings,” in essence a fantasy of the war between ultimate good and ultimate evil.

Creating the complex but consistent world of Middle Earth, complete with elaborate maps, Tolkien peopled it with hobbits, elves, dwarves, men, wizards and Ents, and Orcs (goblins) and other servants of the Dark Lord, Sauron. In particular, he described the adventures of one hobbit, Frodo son of Drogo, who became the Ring Bearer and the key figure in the destruction of the Dark Tower. As Gandalf, the wizard, remarked, there was more to him than met they eye.

The story can be read on many levels. But the author, a scholar and linguist, for 39 years a teacher, denied emphatically that it was an allegory. The Ring, discovered by Frodo’s uncle, Bilbo Baggins, in an earlier book, “The Hobbit,” has the power to make its wearer invisible, but it is infinitely evil.

Tolkien admirers compared him favorably with Milton, Spenser and Tolstoy. His English publisher, Sir Stanley Unwin, speculated that “The Lord of the Rings” would be more likely to live beyond his and his son’s time than any other work he had printed.

‘Escapist Literature’

But detractors, among them the critic Edmund Wilson, put down “The Lord of the Rings,” Tolkien’s most famous and most serious fantasy, as a “children’s book which has somehow gotten out of hand.” A London Observer critic condemned it in 1961 as “sheer escapist literature… dull, ill-written and whimsical” and expressed the wish that Tolkien’s work would soon pass into “merciful oblivion.”

It did anything but. It was just four years later, printed in paperback in this country by Ballantine and Ace Books, that a quarter of a million copies of the trilogy were sold in 10 months. In the late sixties all over America fan clubs sprouted, such as the Tolkien Society of America, and members of the cult-many of them students-decorated their walls with the maps of Middle Earth. The trilogy was also published in hard cover by Houghton Mifflin and was a Book-of-the-Month Club Selection.

The creator of this monumental, controversial work (or sub-creator as he preferred to call writers of fantasy) was an authority on Anglo-Saxon, Middle English and Chaucer. He was a gentle, blue-eyed, donnish-appearing man who favored tweeds, smoked a pipe and liked to take walks and ride an old bicycle (though he converted to a stylish car with the success of his books).

From 1925 to 1959 he was a professor at Oxford, ultimately Merton Professor of English Language and Literature and a fellow of Merton College. He was somewhat bemused by the acclaim his extracurricular fantasy received-at the endless interpretations that variously called it a great Christian allegory, the last literary masterpiece of the Middle Ages and a philological game.

Tolkien maintained, however, that it wasn’t intended as an allegory. “I don’t like allegories. I never liked Hans Christian Andersen because I knew he was always getting at me,” he said.

The trilogy was written, he recalled, to illustrate a 1938 lecture of his at the University of Glasgow on fairy stories. He admitted that fairy stories were something of an escape, but didn’t see why there should not be an escape from the world of factories, machine-guns and bombs.

It was joy, he said, that was the mark of the true fairy story: “…However wild its events, however fantastic or terrible the adventures, it can give to child or man that hears it, when the ‘turn’ comes, a catch of the breath, a beat and lifting of the heart, near to (or indeed accompanied by) tears, as keen as that given by any form of literary art, and having a peculiar quality.”

His own fantasy, it was said, had begun when he was correcting examination papers one day and happened to scratch at the top of one of the dullest “in a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” Then hobbits began to take shape.

They were, he decided, “little people, smaller than the bearded dwarves. Hobbits have no beards. There is little or no magic about them, except the ordinary everyday sort which helps them to disappear quietly and quickly when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along, making a noise like elephants which they can hear a mile off. They are inclined to be fat in the stomach; they dress in bright colors (chiefly green and yellow); wear no shoes, because their feet grow natural leathery soles and thick warm brown hair like the stuff on their heads (which is curly); have long clever brown fingers, good-natured faces and laugh deep fruity laughs (especially after dinner which they have twice a day when they can get it).”

Discovering England

He settled these protected innocents in a land called Shire, patterned after the English countryside he had discovered as a child of 4 arriving from his birthplace in South Africa, and he sent some of them off on perilous adventures. Most of them, however, he conceived as friendly and industrious but slightly dull, which occasioned his scribble on that fortuitous exam paper.

“If you really want to know what Middle-earth is based on, it’s my wonder and delight in the earth as it is, particularly the natural earth,” Tolkien once said. His trilogy was filled with his knowledge of botany and geology.

The author was born in Blomfontein on Jan. 3, 1892, a son of Arthur Reuel Tolkien, a bank manager, and Mabel Suffield Tolkien, who had served as a missionary in Zanzibar. Both parents had come from Birmingham, and when the boy’s father died, his mother took him and his brother home to the English Midlands.

England seemed to him “a Christmas tree” after the barrenness of Africa, where he had been stung by a tarantula and bitten by a snake, where he was “kidnapped” temporarily by a black servant who wanted to show him off to his kraal. It was good, after that, to be in a comfortable place where people lived “tucked away from all the centers of disturbance.”

At the same time, he once noted in an essay on fairy stories, “I desired dragons with a profound desire. Of course, I in my timid body did not wish them to be in the neighborhood, intruding into my relatively safe world…”

His mother was his first teacher, and his love of philology, as well as his longing for adventure, was attributed to her influence. But in 1904 she died.

The Tolkiens were converts to Catholicism, and he and his brother became the wards of a priest in Birmingham. (Some critics maintained that the bleakness of industrial Birmingham was the inspiration for his trilogy’s evil land of the Enemy, Mordor.)

Served in World War I

Young Tolkien attended the King Edward’s Grammar School and went on to Exeter College, Oxford, on scholarship. He received his B.A. in 1915. But World War I had begun, and, at 23, he began service in the Lancashire Fusiliers. A year later he married Miss Edith Bratt.

The war was said by his friends to have profoundly affected him. The writer C. S. Lewis insisted that it was reflected in some of the more sinister aspects of his writing and in his heroes’ joy in comradeship. Tolkien’s regiment suffered heavy casualties and when the war ended, only one of his close friends was still alive.

Invalided out of the Fusiliers, Tolkien decided in the hospital that the study of language was to be his metier. He returned to Oxford to receive his M.A. in 1919, and to work as an assistant on the Oxford Dictionary. Two years later he began his teaching career at the University of Leeds.

Within four years, he was a professor, and had also published a “Middle English Vocabulary” and an edition (with E. V. Gordon) of “Sir Gawayne and the Green Knight.” He received a call to Oxford, where his lectures on philology soon gave him an extraordinary reputation.

His students remember him as taking endless pains to interest them. One recalled that there was something of the hobbit about him. He walked, she said, “as if on furry feet,” and had an appealing jollity.

Meanwhile, once he had scratched that word “hobbit” on the examination paper, his curiosity about hobbits was piqued, and the book of that name-the precursor of the more serious “The Lord of the Rings”-began to grow.

It was nurtured by weekly meetings with his friends and colleagues, including the philosopher and novelist C. S. Lewis and his brother, W. H. Lewis, and the mystical novelist Charles Williams. The Inklings, as they called themselves, gathered at Magdalen College or a pub to drink beer and share one another’s manuscripts.

C. S. Lewis thought well enough of “The Hobbit,” which Tolkien began to write in 1937 (and told to his children), to suggest that he submit it for publication to George Allen and Unwin, Ltd. It was accepted, and the American edition won a Herald Tribune prize as best children’s book.

The author always insisted, however, that neither “The Hobbit” nor “The Lord of the Rings” was intended for children.

“It’s not even very good for children,” he said of “The Hobbit,” which he illustrated himself. “I wrote some of it in a style for children, but that’s what they loathe. If I hadn’t done that, though, people would have thought I was loony.”

“If you’re a youngish man,” he told a London reporter, “and you don’t want to be made fun of, you say you’re writing for children.”

“The Lord of the Rings,” he admitted, began as an exercise in “linguistic esthetics” as well as an illustration of his theory on fairy tales. Then the story itself captured him.

Took 14 Years to Write

In 1954 “The Fellowship of the Ring,” the first volume of the trilogy, appeared. “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King” were the second and third parts. The work, which has a 104-page appendix and took 14 years to write, is filled with verbal jokes, strange alphabets, names from the Norse, Anglo-Saxon and Welsh. For its story, it calls, among others, on the legend of “The Ring of the Nibelung” and the early Scandinavian classic, the “Elder Edda.”

Meanwhile, Tolkien was also busy with scholarly writings, which included “Chaucer As a Philologist,” “Beowulf, the Monster and the Critics” and “The Ancrene Wisse,” a guide for the medieval anchoresses.

After retirement, he lived on in the Oxford suburb of Headington, “working like hell,” he said, goaded to resume his writing on a myth of the Creation and Fall called “The Silmarillion,” which he had begun even before his trilogy. As he said in an interview a few years ago, “A pen is to me as a beak is to a hen.”

And this was the end of your day. But not only that. Your dreams ended today. They are buried deep underground while a hole remains in your heart. Tolkien’s gone! It all started with a hole in the ground where lived a hobbit and it all ended this Monday morning when you came to office and you read the news.

The end.




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The Birthplace of J. R. R. Tolkien

Aiya! Entullelmë!

Well… Erunno wasn’t the only one to take a month vacation! I also took my own vacations, finally freeing myself for a month from college and… I stayed for two weeks on my uncle’ and aunt’s house on the beautiful South Africa! They live in Johannesburg, in the province of Gauteng. But Johannesburg has nothing to do with Tolkien (besides from the fact that this was the aunt that introduced me to the Silmarillion, thank you Dalva!).


While in Johannesburg, I visited many beautiful and interesting places. For example, Lion Park, where a lion cub bit me (and damn, lion bites hurt) or the amazing Sterkenfontein Caves and the Maropeng museum, both focused and important to the history of Middle-Earth humankind. But that’s not what why I’m writing this post. I also visited a very important place to Tolkien lovers: his hometown. Tolkien, unlike most people think, wasn’t born in England. Instead, he was born in Bloemfontein, then part of an independent republic, called Orange Free State, now part of South Africa, in the province of Free State.


I stayed in Bloemfontein only one night, in a hotel called… The Hobbit Boutique Hotel! The hotel, located in President Steyn Avenue, also holds the memorial to Tolkien’s birthplace.

All rooms are named after The Lord of the Rings characters, including Bilbo, Galadriel, Arwen, Frodo (the room I slept in) and Elrond (the master bedroom). Also, on the hotel’s common room, a table has on display a few books: all Lord of the Rings books, divided in three volumes, The Hobbit and There and Back Again (a collection of maps illustrated by John Howe).

Even though the hotel is extremely comfortable, huge rooms, great breakfast and excellent service, the rooms are not designed after a hobbbitesque fashion, assuming, instead, a Victorian style.

In the middle of the common dining room, the most important Tolkien-ish feature of the whole country, Tolkien’s birthplace plaque, written in English and Afrikaans:

IMG_9805 The city also has a few other Tolkien memorials, for example, a plaque in the church he was baptized and a memorial in the bank his father worked. I, due to lack of time and information, did not visit them, unfortunately. There used to be a Tolkien Trail, a guided tour to all locations relevant to his history but, as there was not much interest, it was cancelled.

The city itself is beautiful, with a few nice attractions, such as the Anglo-Boer War museum and a giant Nelson Mandela statue located at the top of a hill, the highest location in the city.

All in all, it was a fantastic experience, visiting such an important place to the history of the Professor. It’s only sad that there’s not much interest, as most famous locations are all around England, the country he moved when he was three years old. Tolkien himself said he remembers almost nothing of Bloemfontein and the country (somewhere it is said he remembers a huge spider near his cradle).

The country itself is beautiful, with many different touristic locations, including animal parks, museums, huge shopping malls and casinos (I swear I did not go broke on Blackjack!). The country also produces great wine, sold at fair prices, that can be combined with the delicious (and also fair-priced) food, including ostrich and springbok meat.

Thank you all for reading! Namárië!




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The Star-Spangled Banner (I Netyaina Ambal Elena)

I’m on vacation but I couldn’t let the day pass unnoticed here. It’s Fireworks Day, no, I mean Independence Day and we should celebrate it properly here in Quenya101!

So, to mark the occasion, here comes the National Anthem of Onórë Américo in Quenya, as we elves of Valinor should actually sing:

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If you cannot see the Tengwar alphabet correctly below, click at the Middle-Earth-Ready icon and learn why.

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`N6 `B `C61E6 1T65$jt$= 5$6 1E 9M`N7TzDyR ½j#qT`V,FÀ
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1E5#5$6 1Ef#yR 1R6 `B j~Nt$ hÍE `Cw#j$jt# 5~V `V6 1E,F=
`C ~C zR1R t# 5$1ÎlE5# `Cw#j `Vj$5# `V6 ½j#qU=
`N6 `B 5~N7F j~V7EyE `C6 `B t~C6 9M`N7Tv#yEÀ


O say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Star Spangled Banner


A á quetë ma polil cenë cálessë amaurëava,

Ya alassëavë laitanelmë telda ilcië tindómesseva,

Yava hoë tier ar calimë eleni ter raxinqua mahtië,

Or i artar tirnelmë, ner ta huorinquavë hlapiessë?

Ar i carnë nár tintinainë pilindiva, i rúvinë ruiver vilyassë,

Tananer tancavë ter i lómë ya ambalelma né er tassë;

A á quetë ma netyaina ambal elena er hlapu,

Or i nórë lérava ar i már huorinquava?

That’s all folks! This bonus post comes to its end and off I go to my vacation! See you in August!



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John Ronald Rootytoot Reagan … Tolkien (or something like that)

Gandalf Jackson

As we have already exposed all the known details about his great work the Silly Marillion, today we’re gonna read more about this peculiar author so renowned. Maybe you think you know one thing or two about him (or three or eleven or thirty-six hundred things) but get ready for the unbeknownst knowledge taken from Internet!

Who is Tolkien?

Famous director, author, dictator, actor, politician, biologist and hockey player(as well as frequent mentor to Batman’s younger cousin Manbat), J.R.R.R.A.B.C.D.E.F.X.Y.Z. (John Ronald Rootytoot Reagan Ass-Bitch Chix Don’t Even Frickin’ Xylophone Yurie Zauron) Tolkien is the tolkien_j_r_r-19721214019R.2_png_300x436_q85historian who discovered that the true history of the earth was being covered up by the world’s governments, who did not want the general population to know of the existence of dragons, elves, hobbits, magic, etc, in order to maintain control over their people.

Tolkien’s greatest invention was the fantasy industry. Without his influence online collaborative games would all be about spies or snowboarding or something and goths would have to dress in pastel casuals. But thanks to Tolkien, gamers, goths, hippies, occultists and heavy metal bands have a rich reference-iconography of dark overlords, wizards, orcs, funny lettering, dungeons, bad fashion and awesome films to smoke dope to, allowing contact with the real world to be minimized.


Tolkien was born in 1066 to a hobbit awkwardly named Tolkien’s mom. He was given birth to in a chopshop amid the sprawling grasslands of central New Jersey. A prophecy told of his birth as the fruits of an Inuit and yet another hobbit. His legitimate mother found this odd as she was never married to an Inuit. The prophecy also said that within 5 hours of his birth he would successfully fight for hobbit rights among the population of New Jersey, and he did. A precocious child, he also learned to speak Welsh, Japanese, French, and Klingon within twenty minutes of his birth. He would go on to master the Inuit language, and is personally responsible for forty-seven of their eighty-two words describing snow.

Craving for more? Really? You got a strange taste, mate! It’s ok anyway. Sometimes, we all need to laugh a bit and not take things too seriously. So, the good, the bad and the ugly (jokes) you can find not here, nor here and neither here. It’s right…..there!


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