Tengwar alphabet for English
There are a number of different ways of writing English with Tengwar.
The main difference between them is in the representation of vowels and
The version below is known as the Common Mode which has developed in recent
years and has become the standard way of writing the tengwar among fans of the
language. The vowels more or less duplicate English spelling rather than English
pronunciation, as is the case with other modes.
- The vowel diacritics (tehtar) are written over the consonant which follows
them. If vowels appear at the end of a word, the diacritics are written over the
vowel carrier (as above). Vowels can be made long by writing them over a long vowel
- The first r is used before vowels while the second r is used before
consonants and at the end of words.
- Consonants are doubled by adding a wavy line below them.
- An overbar represents a preceding m or n sound.
Sample text (English mode by Måns Björkman)
Sample text (English 2002 mode by Brendan Gordon)
Transcribed using the Online Tengwar Transcriber
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Further information about writing English with Tengwar:
Tengwar for Quenya,
Scottish Gaelic (1),
Scottish Gaelic (2),
Latin American Spanish,
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