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The tricky translation question!

The Evenstar
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Apr 8 2013, 4:13pm

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The tricky translation question! Can't Post

Dear fellow readers,

I have been an absolute huge fan of LOTR and the The Hobbit for quite some time and I know may of you are too.

I have recently been thinking of getting a tattoo and I thought why not get it in reference to my favourite films and book? So I thought what could I get?
To cut the story short, I would like the word 'Freedom' in the language of Tengwar, but I have researched and come up with two very similar designs but can anyone give me advise on the proper translation of 'Freedom' as I don't really want to get wrong!

Any advise would be much appreciated!! Smile

Fredeghar Wayfarer

Apr 9 2013, 7:04am

Post #2 of 3 (85 views)
Depends on whether you want the English or the Elvish word [In reply to] Can't Post

Tengwar isn't a language, it's an alphabet. So you'd have to decide if you want the Tengwar letters to spell out "FREEDOM" or to spell out the Elvish word for freedom. And if the latter, you'd need to choose which Elvish language, Sindarin or Quenya.

This site has a dictionary of Elvish words: http://www.nevrast.net/dictionary.html It doesn't list a word for "freedom" but "free" is on there. In Sindarin, it's Lain and in Quenya, it's Mirima.

Once you know which word you want to spell out, match the letters to their Tengwar equivalents. This site has some charts that show how the letters match up in various languages (Sindarin, Quenya, English, etc.): http://www.omniglot.com/writing/tengwar.htm

Hope this helps.

The Evenstar
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Apr 10 2013, 10:17am

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Thank you! [In reply to] Can't Post

That has been really helpful!

Thank you for the advice Smile


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