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Elvish scripts

31st March 2015 (23:19)

I created this earlier this evening, and thought one or two people here might find it interesting as well; it shows the contrast between Tolkien's different Elvish scripts and alphabets:

I find it very typical that the alphabet designed by Fëanor is by far the most efficient (in terms of how few characters are needed) at representing his own language, and every other script needs more space.

Also, the Sarati is weird. That's the original script invented by Rúmil in Valinor, the one that Fëanor's Tengwar replaced, (From a Doylist perspective it was also the first Elvish alphabet Tolkien invented, in circa 1919).


Posted by: gillo (gillo)
Posted at: 31st March 2015 23:01 (UTC)

The Sarati reminds me of Indian scripts like Punjabi, rotated 90 degrees. Presumably there's a touch of Chinese/Japanese influence there too.

Edited at 2015-03-31 23:02 (UTC)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 1st April 2015 00:14 (UTC)

It definitely reminded me of Devanagari too. The Chinese perhaps because it's written right-to-left and top-to-bottom; but it is alphabetical, not character-based. (The red marks to the left of the lines are the vowels, the black to the right are consonants).

Posted by: samtyr (samtyr)
Posted at: 1st April 2015 02:19 (UTC)

Interesting. Sometimes it's easier to show differences than explain them. Thank you for sharing this.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 1st April 2015 09:28 (UTC)

Thanks- that was my thought too. And while I've heard of the Sarati before, this was the first time I sat down and read how it works. (And how to get the font I downloaded to show the right characters...)

Posted by: Garth St.Claire (Garth St.Claire)
Posted at: 1st April 2015 17:14 (UTC)

I really like the Sarati. It's beautiful and I like the direction it is written in, very exotic from a Western point of view.
Great as if I didn't hae enough reasons to dislike Feanor. Now I can "he replaces a cooler way of writing with his more efficient, but also more boring one" ;-)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 1st April 2015 17:36 (UTC)

The Sarati is interesting and exotic, but I think it would also be a lot harder to write, what with having to draw in the vertical lines; and the characters look a bit too complicated and random.

Posted by: Simon (prunesquallormd)
Posted at: 13th April 2015 19:01 (UTC)
Spike - Last performance 1

It is very easy to dislike Feanor. The guy was a bit of a dick. Just a bit ...

(On an unconnected but rather cool, note, the 'captcha' for this comment is 'the dude abides' :D).

Posted by: Simon (prunesquallormd)
Posted at: 13th April 2015 18:59 (UTC)

Thanks for this :)

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