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Quenya101 Weekly Lembas IV

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It’s past time we have our weekly dose, huh? I bring you a box full of yummy Lembas bread with all we got BRAND NEW in Quenya101 for this past elvish week (from 45 to 50 Lairë 142):

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New names

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New famous quotes

Theodor “Dr.” Seuss Geisel @ Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien @ The Hobbit “The moon is far whiter than silver in treasure.”

New sentences

Drink, and thus awaken.

Land down under.

New other stuff…

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Telpina & InwinórëWell, as I like a LOT stats, countries, flags (the site is packed with that kind of stuff) from now on, it’s available detailed stats from the visitors of Argentina (Telpina) and England (Inwinórë) at the bottom of our right column:

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Kornography Pangram

I’m publishing this post for a possible sponsor (Robson Pereira) I got who might develop Tengwar Kornography as a regular font. That’d be pretty cool and I hope he can do it. When and if, I get the final results of his work, I’ll definitely share this brand new Tengwar font (unlike Marcin Przybys who created a nice font, Tengwar New and HE DOESN’T SHARE IT! 😦  ). Quenya101 is completely different! What I do, I do for you and to you! Enjoy!

Kornography Pangram

This Quenya Pangram shown here was created by me and originally posted here. You can check its meaning as well as words pronunciation.

Tengwar Kornography Keyboard Mapping

Tengwar Kornography Keyboard Mapping

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X101

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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!
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  • 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.

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“Elves”…..without Tolkien!

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This is an experiment so you may be aware of the impact Tolkien caused on everyone’s mind. This is an idea I got after watching Thor The Dark World. I want you to answer mentally the following question:

What are elves?

You possibly answered this question easily and instantly an image like Legolas popped up in your mind. Ok, but you see…that’s exactlyLegolas-legolas-greenleaf-34396828-1421-1924 where the experiment comes into action. Let’s get back in time and answer this question BEFORE there was any Tolkien involved. Here is what you may need to consider about elves:

An elf (Old Norse álfr, Old Englishælf, Old High German alb, Proto-Germanic *albaz) is a certain kind of demigod-like being in the pre-Christian mythology and religion of the Norse and other Germanic peoples.

The elves are luminous beings, “more beautiful than the sun,” whose exalted status is demonstrated by their constantly being linked with the Aesir and Vanir gods in Old Norse and Old English poetry. The lines between elves and other spiritual beings such as the gods, giantsdwarves, and land spirits are blurry, and it seems unlikely that the heathen Germanic peoples themselves made any cold, systematic distinctions between these various groupings. It’s especially hard to discern the boundary that distinguishes the elves from the Vanir gods and goddesses. The Vanir god Freyr is the lord of the elves’ homeland, Alfheim, and at least one Old Norse poem repeatedly uses the word “elves” to designate the Vanir. Still, other sources do speak of the elves and the Vanir as being distinct categories of beings, such that a simple identification of the two would be misguided.

The elves also have ambivalent relations with humans. Elves commonly cause human illnesses, but they also have the power to heal them, and seem especially willing to do so if sacrifices are offered to them. Humans and elves can interbreed and produce half-human, half-elfin children, who often have the appearance of humans but possess extraordinary intuitive and magical powers. Humans can apparently become elves after death, and there was considerable overlap between the worship of human ancestors and the worship of the elves.

The worship of the elves persisted centuries after the Germanic people’s formal conversion to Christianity, as medieval law codes prohibiting such practices demonstrate. Ultimately, then, their veneration lasted longer than even that of the gods.”

By norse-mythology.org

Yeah…that’s what I meant! As you read the description above, you will notice the HUGE IMPACT Tolkien caused on everyone’s mind. He simply changed it. All the creatures we all hold a common idea these days, they were absolutely molded and changed through ONE single brain, his. That’s a astonishing thought if you stop and consider it a bit. Before him, only whole civilizations were able to do that (mold human mind and ideas) but he changed it all.

Currently, Elves are what we know they are. They’re human like, they live in flesh, in “Earth” and they’re less like a spiritual creature as the old Norse Mythology proposes them to be.

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Tengwar Kornography

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As a metal fan, I like metal fonts and as a Quenya fan, I like Tengwar alphabet. You can see where I’m going here, right? To the infinite and beyond, to the new frontier, to nobody has ever dared to be before…(at least that I’m aware of)….

Anyway, I’ve been trying to make new fonts for a long time now but I don’t have what it takes to really make them. I have limited knowledge of computer and I know somebody will eventually make my vision come true so everyone can type weird and new Tengwar fonts. My #1 vision involves Korn and Tengwar. I present to you officially, Tengwar Kornography:

Tengwar Kornography

 

Do you see the point here? You know…this style may not please you like it pleases me, but the point is: ANY Tengwar font is possible! There’s no limit to where creativity may take you. If I knew how to work with font creating softwares, I’d have designed tons of fonts and I want to stimulate the ones who got skills and knowledge for that. Create and be joyful with the work of your hands! (like I am now)

If you like this particular font, check How do we say (…) in Quenya? section where some sentences were already written with…

Tengwar Kornography header

 

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Everything WRONG with the Hobbit in 4 minutes or less

Truth hurts! I’m pro-Peter Jackson doing whatever he feels like with the Hobbit movies, Silmarillion, Húrin, Númenor…you know whatever he wants! The guy proved already he’s the man and got what it takes as a Tolkien’s fan to put his finger in our beloved stories.

BUT, Hollywood is…Hollywood and there’s always much money involved. Money is the root of all evil. Evil makes you sin. Sins is what you gonna watch below. It’s a cool video and seriously…you don’t need to take it….seriously. Sit back and relax, The Hobbit is still pretty cool. But the truth is out there too:

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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

a maia called spoungebob squarepants

A Maia called…. SpongeBob SquarePants

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

Best Translation

the prophecy of malbeth quenyanna

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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Confront!

This is the 5th part of our Top 10 LotR Board Games. We’re halfway there! You can check the previous posts here:  #10#9#8 #7 & #6. What have we got here in 5th place? Competition, guts, blood and confrontation:

#5

Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation

(2002)

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Stratego-like game themed around Lord of the Rings. Players each control a force of 9 characters (light vs. dark) whose identities are hidden from their opponent at the beginning of the game. Combat is resolved by playing special cards.

Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation has also been the object of an extended edition (see Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (Deluxe Edition)) comprising the original characters and a full set of new characters.

Well, Stratego is a hallmark board game and there’s few to say about this LotR game as it’s all based on Stratego. In my opinion, the addition of those special cards may bring a richer flavor to the confrontation which would be too much of the same stuff if this game were to be created without them.

to be continued…

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Engravers of the precious Ring: “Angela, today, tomorrow, forever”

CrispinYou know too well that people ask me stuff here and I answer them. Eventually, some use the translation for arts, tattoos and now it came to engravings! Super cool!

Answering my requests, Crispin Hill turned back and gave me the best “thank you” I could get! IMAGES! I share with you the token of Crispin’s love full of that same elvish alphabet we love a lot called Tengwar!

(I quite sure there’s an Angela out there pretty happy and loved as this precious ring shows publicly)

Crispin ring

 

Aini, síra,…

 

Crispin ring 1

 

…enwa,…

Crispin ring 2

 

…tennoio.

What about you? Have you got your elvish ink? Some art? Anything? Please show us, share here and we’ll be delighted to spread the beauties of what you’ve done!

Thank you for the images, Crispin!

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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:

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“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’

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

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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Tengwar Kanji 4 動物

Adding to the custom made and original series of Quenya101 (you can check part 1, 2 & 3 here), I bring to you new Tengwar Kanji to expand the collection and continue the exercise of shaping Tengwar in unprecedented ways.

This time, let’s have some Kanji for the most important animals in Tolkien’s word as well as a complete gallery of what we have designed so far.

Eagle

Eagle

Animal #1 of course, the eagle is the herald of Manwë and many Maiar took that form when entered Arda. The Kanji evokes its beak and talons (in a way).

swan

Swan

Another bird strongly associated with the elves, mainly the Teleri. This Kanji brings the delicate shape of a swan body with its plumes and beak to the Tengwar writing.

Horse

Horse

An animal much used by mortal man, the Horse Kanji depicts the strength of the horse legs muscles along with the saddle on top showing the deep connection with its tamed nature.

Serpent

Serpent

Also known as snake or dragon (not winged), this animal is strongly associated with the Enemy and it was used by him in wars and battles throughout the ages. It shows the dust below its belly and as well as its head with fangs ready for the attack.

Now the gallery with the 25 Tengwar Kanji already published and shared here in Quenya101. Do you have what it takes to know them by heart and memory alone?

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