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Languages from J. R. R. Tolkien's Fiction

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien started creating languages in his early teens and continued the hobby throughout his life.
Many of these languages are featured in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and his other works.
He even created writing systems for his languages including Tengwar script and a form of Runes.

Items shown below:  Quenya, Sindarin, English using Tengwar, English using Tolkien's Runes, and English using Tolkien's Goblin Alphabet
 
Related entries elsewhere:  Hungarian using Tengwar


top Quenya

Quenya was one of the Elvish languages created by Tolkien beginning in the 1910's.
The translation below is shown in both printed and cursive Tengwar.

[Quenya]

Language information at Wikipedia

Alternate names for Quenya include Qenya, High-Elven, and Elvish



top Sindarin

Sindarin was created by Tolkien beginning in the 1910's.
It was the Elvish language most commonly spoken in Middle Earth in the Third Age.
The translation below is shown in both printed and cursive Tengwar.

[Sindarin]

Language information at Wikipedia



top English using Tengwar

Tengwar has been adapted to represent many real world languages, including an English mode.
The translation below is shown in both printed and cursive Tengwar.

[English using Tengwar]


top English using Tolkien's Runes

Runes were used for some English inscriptions in The Hobbit.

[English using Runes]


top English using Tolkien's Goblin Alphabet

The Goblin Alphabet was used by the North Polar Bear in Tolkien's The Father Christmas Letters.

[English using Tolkien's Goblin Alphabet]


Unicode fonts for Tengwar and Cirth Runes in the Gallery of Unicode Fonts

Non-Unicode Tengwar fonts used for these translations

Tengwar information at Amanye Tenceli, Omniglot and Wikipedia

Runes information at Omniglot

Ardalambion: A comprehensive Tolkien language site

Wikipedia's Middle Earth languages page and Middle Earth portal


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