This system of writing Arabic with Tolkien's Tengwar script
was developed by Gabriel McGovern in 2016. After realizing that
both writing systems shared some similarities, Gabriel decided
to adapt the famous Elvish script for use with the Arabic language.
In Arabic this system is known as التينوات للعربية (at-Taynwaat lil-‘arabiyya). In the
Tengwar script this is:
Type of writing system: abjad
Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
Used to write: Arabic
The name, “at-Taynwaat,” comes from a natural pluralization of the Arabic cognate for a single Tengwa, تينوة (taynwa), with the definite article (al) attached
Just as in Arabic, it can be written in vocalized or unvocalized forms (with or without vowels and other markings)
Vowels are written above their preceding consonants
The tilde, which in Tolkien’s Elvish languages denotes nasalization, here represents Arabic nunation
The double fatha, for nunation, can be written with the Tengwar vowel marking for “a,” or as the nasal tilde by itself; double kasra and double damma must be written with their respective vowels
The Tengwa óre is used to represent the Arabic taa marbuta (ة) because it looks like a shortened form of tinco, just as the taa marbuta is a “tied-up” form of taa (ت)
The Tengwar anna and vala are used to represent yaa and waw (respectively) when they act as consonants (as in, when they are followed by vowels), while yanta and úre are used to represent yaa and waw (again, respectively) when they act as long vowels
The line used for gemination in the Elvish languages here represents the Arabic shadda (which performs the same function)
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