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How lucky I have been … in Quenya

How lucky I have been to have all of you How lucky indeed Thank you

NEW quote translated into Quenya!

Vax’ildan @ Critical Role

(Requested by Shauni Gerbenskey and answered in 89 hours with HUGE Tengwar fonts (perfect for a tattoo) through Tattoo Q101)

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Use your imagination on a large table!

And here we are, resuming our Top 10 LotR Board Games! Now we have…

#8

The Lord of the Rings: Tabletop Battle Game

(2001)

Tabletop battle game

 

Choose to play the forces of good or evil and recreate some of the most memorable battles on Middle Earth.

A hobby more than a game much along the lines of Games Workshop’sWarhammer Series. This game is much smaller, simpler, and random than theWarhammer Series.

Battles are resolved with simple D6 rolls with the highest roll winning, individual stats only used to decide ties.

Games Workshop supports this game strongly, with a wide miniature range and a large set of expansions.

Absolutely an awesome game for the ones who love diorama, painting and got the talent (not me of course) for such a thing! There are so many cool images of this game, it makes hard to choose some to share here. Once I saw this at a store and almost bought it, but when I read in the box what was about, I knew this wasn’t for me! It happens!

to be continued…

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Do I want useful elvish sentences? SURE!

BUT…

and there is a big but in it, *clear throats* which elvish is that, beg your pardon?

Now tell me the truth, be honest with me: Wouldn’t life be much easier if there was a thing we could use to search and find quickly everything we want to know about a topic? You know…something that would look for results and…BANG! there they are in a blink of an eye. That would be great, wouldn’t it?

NOT THAT GREAT! Google does that with our lives right now and it doesn’t make it an easier life. Now we have an issue to find accurate info.

The site shown above is one example. If you type “elvish sentences” in Google (go ahead, give it a shot) you will find that result among the top 3! UNFORTUNATELY, that site does not teach any elvish language that was created by Tolkien and people really are looking for that when they innocently type “elvish language” in Google. I have met hundreds of them greeting me with something like: ‘Quel re (good morning) or saying something like Namaarie (= farewell) and they really think that’s Quenya or “Elvish”.

Shall we analyze just the first 8 lines so we can understand what this site is about? Are you ready for this ultra revelation? Here it comes:

As you can see, (if you have trusted this kind of source to learn Quenya or Sindarin) you’re bound to speak gibberish with this site. It teaches Tel’Quessir! If only people read that above! (or if only the creators of the site wouldn’t write that so tiny in order to hide the real non-Tolkien essence of the site!)

What is Tel’Quessir? Shall we use our friend Google once more? Tel’Quessir is a language developed for RPG loosely based in some vocabulary of elvish languages created by Tolkien. If you wanna play Forgotten Realms RPG, that IS the site to learn this language and play it like a boss! BUT….(I told you there was always a butt) if you are a Tolkien fan searching for true elvish languages harmoniously created with a rich cultural background…sorry, but you just found a lame source that Google offered you.

If only people knew what they are tolkien about…

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Let’s build an elvish school together!

Middle-Earth wants you!

The elves are fading. They are almost all gone now! The ones who chose to tarry in Middle-Earth are but a faint memory of the beings they once were. Their culture, their beauty, their languages will die with them! WE need to do something about it! WE need NOW!

Join the “Let’s build an elvish school together” campaign (a.k.a. “Let’s BEST”) and through that we can maintain the elves’ utmost precious jewel: Quenya! You know education is the cornerstone of any future, it’s the legacy we leave behind, don’t let it be forgotten!

Nólë

  • What is the “Let’s BEST”  goal?

The “Let’s BEST” goal is to keep and enhance the teaching of elvish lore (including Quenya, Sindarin & the culture behind them) to everyone inclined to learn the beauties of the elves.

  • How that goal is to be achieved?

Through the building of elvish schools, libraries, centers of elvish lore throughout Middle-Earth and beyond!

  • How can I join the campaign?

There are some ways you can do that. One of them is by becoming a Quenya101 Patreon. Through it, you contribute to the achievement of Q101 goals! You can also donate a tiny fixed amount of 101 silver coins (Quenya…101…got it? 🙂 ) which on the elvish current conversation rate is $1.01 (one dollar and one cent). Can you do the tiniest of gestures to contribute with Quenya legacy?

  • Why should I do that? 

Because you’ve got a good heart and you are thankful! That’s why! Maybe you have already got your name composed to Quenya here, or a cool sentence you requested to be translated and it was, or some funny post you laughed and loved. It was all free, because knowledge is free for all here! Now that’s a way you could say “thank you” with a small deed which will make a whole difference. So, in the end…actually…I thank you! and you know that!

  • Ok, but how should I do that?

At the sidebar of Quenya101 Language Institute site (or below here), you can find a new button called “Hantanyel”. Click there and you’ll open a PayPal window where you can donate and help the “Let’s BEST” campaign. When you donate, leave a message and choose where in Middle-Earth, the 1st elvish school should be built: Gondor, Rohan, Rivendell, Shire or Moria. When a sufficient amount is reached, it’ll be announced which place is bestowed with this new beacon of elvish lore. And NEW THINGS will come depending on the place. Surprise, surprise…you know you’ll get something to be surprised!

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Just BE the elf!

RPG’s…what a fun way to spend the weekend, huh?! Not anymore! 

Instead of rolling dice, calculate your HP after a hit in your left elbow and check the weapons class table at page 457 of an RPG book….how about going to the woods after midnight to slay a band of orcs who happened to be camping there?

Well..people are doing that in south London (and other places too)! For real! Check this interview taken from The Independent made by Charlotte Philby where Chioma Nri, a 17-year-old boy talks about his elvish experiences:

“Dressing up as an elf and heading out to the woods to engage in battle with a whole cast of other elves, humans and “half-orcs” is not how you’d imagine an average kid from south London would spend his weekend. But if you knew the feeling you get when it is 1.30 in the morning, it’s pitch black, you’re in the middle of a forest and you know there’s a big nasty monster out there who wants to kill you, then you’d understand why. At this point, you completely forget that you’re in character and all you can think is: Oh my God, I’m going to die! It’s the best adrenaline rush I’ve ever had.

In case you haven’t already realised, getting your head around what Live Action Role Playing (LARP) is about requires a certain suspension of disbelief. To put it simply, it’s rather like a medieval version of paintballing, with an element of improvisational theatre, using swords instead of guns, with everyone dressed up as a different character, all of whom have different strengths and weaknesses.

I have been part of the same LARP club since I was nine years old. Our battles take place within a world we’ve created called Orin Rakatha, which is reminiscent of Middle Earth. Most weekends around 20 of us head out to the woods or to a castle or a campsite and are given a plot, with different scenarios; we act out our parts against a crew who play the opposition in various different characters. Maybe one of our cities will be in trouble and it will be up to us to protect it, or perhaps the opposing faction is getting too strong and it will be our job to bring them down.

Orin Rakatha is governed by a complex system of politics and hierachy, and there are generally three races: elves, humans and half-orcs, with various healers and gods as well. Following a great war, the elves have been split into two factions. Centuries back there was a battle and one of the factions was driven underground. Over thousands of years without sunlight, the elves have grown darker in skin colour and in character; these are evil elves, called “drows”. I have been a drow elf since I was nine years old.

Elves are generally clever, deeply political characters with a sense of self-importance. My character is something of an outcast. Most of the people who belong to my club are white, but I am mixed race. While the other drow elves wear dark paint on their faces, my skin tone is naturally lighter, so I have created my character as a half-drow: I am unpure, and not as evil as the other elves.

In our world there are different colours of magic: yellow involves lightning bolts, red is for flames and black is used to make others weaker. The importance of hierachy within the realm of the elves is such that you aim to kill those above you in order to get an immediate promotion. At the moment, my drow is sucking up as much as possible to the high people in order to move himself forward.

As well as my club, which revolves around plot-based scenarios, known as linear games, there are huge festival events where as many as 1,000 people gather in different countries and join a different faction, and do their best to achieve the objective set out for them. The longest event my club, Hero Quest, has held lasted for 11 days, during which you could spend from 9am to 3am immersed in a series of battles.

Most people see what we do as something geeky. When I was younger I wouldn’t admit to my friends what I do. But then I realised that it was so much fun that I didn’t care. If someone told me about it now, I would probably think it’s incredibly nerdy, but once you go out into the forest and get to hit monsters with a latex sword, there’s no going back.

For details of how to join Chioma’s club visit heroquest-larp.co.uk; or to buy weapons or costumes for events visit darkbladeuk.co.uk”

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