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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 diphthongs.

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.

Tengwar alphabet for English

Notes

  • 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 carrier.
  • 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.

Example text

Sample English text in the Tengwar alphabet

Transliteration

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:

http://www.skymind.com/~ocrow/tengwar/tehtar.html

Tengwar pages

Main Tengwar page, Tengwar for English, Tengwar for Hungarian, Tengwar for Portugese, Tengwar for Scottish Gaelic (1), Tengwar for Scottish Gaelic (2), Tengwar for Spanish, Tengwar for Latin American Spanish, Tengwar for Welsh

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