Howdy! So, today we’re going to talk about how to write in Elvish.
We’re not going to really be writing in elvish, but it sure as heck will look like you know what you’re doing.
Today we’ll be looking at fonts inspired by Lord of the Rings, from Elvish, to Hobbit hand, to Dwarvish. You can actually use these in many ways throughout your life. Write an angry letter to your ex, but write it in Tengwar so they can’t read it (unless they can, in which case, they’re pretty cool) Or, in a wedding related case, sprinkle some elvish font throughout your programs, invites, or seating plans. Just be aware that the average person is not as cool as you are, and may mistake runes for jibber jabber.
Ok, here we go! First and foremost, always be aware of copyrighted material, and do not use fonts illegally. Most fonts you can find online can be used for personal use if you are not selling them, or if you give credit to the maker. Some fonts actually require you to pay before you can download them, but in that case, they are yours and you have free use of them afterwards. My personal favorite site for free fonts is Dafont.com, where you can download literally thousands of fonts for personal use.
However, today we’re looking at a site called Arwen Undomiel. What an apropos name, eh? Well, they have a great page with about 25 different Lord of the Rings fonts you can download, for free, and use. I myself have quite a few of these and I love them. Here are some of my favorites
Starting out with ‘English’ fonts, here’s one called Aniron, which has a nice celticy feel
And a font similar to the infamous Papyrus, but with a better name: Tolkien
And the famous RINGBEARER font, which is the same font used for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ title on the DVD covers.
Going a little more into the Middle-Earth world, here are a few Hobbit hand fonts, Party Business.
This next one is one of my favorites. It looks like Elvish, and if you’re not careful, you’d miss that it’s actually in English, but the letters look like Elvish. Look closely and you can see that this says Elvish Ring
And Elven Common Speak
Now we’ll get into the actual Elvish and Dwarvish fonts. It is important to note that while each character has a corresponding english character, you cannot just type a word in english using this font and expect it to translate correctly. To write in Elvish correctly, you’d have to actually learn the language. However, it’s still fun and pretty accurate looking to just mash the keyboard using these fonts.
This is Tengwar Annatar
This is the same font, but I selected cursive
This is Tengwar Quenya
Now look at Dwarvish and runic fonts. Here’s another that may look like runes, but it’s actually English. This is called Runic
This is Moon Runes
and Angerthas Moria
And these are just a few that Arwen Undomiel has to offer. Fonts are relatively easy to download and install and they can work in pretty much any program, including Photoshop and Word. I’ll be using a few of these fonts in our wedding programs. We’ll be having 4 or 5 different themed programs, each containing the same information, but with different themes, such as Harry Potter, Charmed, and, of course, Lord of the Rings.
So, there you go, quite a few Lord of the Rings fonts for your geeky pleasure! Now get to downloading and show us how you use them by posting in our comments!
(P.S. Our logo below, BreeCraft, was made using Hobbiton Handbrush, and our top banner was made using the Ringbearer font. Hah!)