Doubled vowels and Elvish ASCII

My Write Your Name in Elvish in Ten Minutes continues to be the leading traffic generator for my site. Since that’s where the crowd is, I spent some time tonight freshening things up a bit. In particular I’m providing more examples that treat doubled vowels, something I get asked about a lot in email.

I’m also unveiling my new text notation (which I modestly call “Gulley’s Practical Method for Elvish Text Notation”) that should help me communicate with people who seek me out for electronically moderated Elvish consultation questions. Read the article and you too can learn why AMELIE is rendered as

     A E I
   _ : M L _

4 thoughts on “Doubled vowels and Elvish ASCII”

  1. This is brilliant my friends and I all now know each others names in elvish, clearly written and easy to understand.

  2. Hi,

    This is not strictly true.

    Vowels are handled phonetically, so the double vowels you refer to (diphthongs) are handled as one character with a “long” modifier.

    The long “ee” for instance, is represented by placing the “e” tehtar above what looks like an undotted “j”. A long “ay” is done likewise. “Oo” would be a long “o”, “oh” a long “o” and so on.

    An “ee” sound, regardless of spelling (amputee, badly) would be a long e, not a y.

    Hope that makes some sense. The system is entirely phonetic. You cannot transcribe with literal substitutions, Ginger would be spelled “Jinjer”.

    I prefer the Sindarin spelling form, by the way. :)

  3. Hi ive been wanting to get a tattoo with my name but i cant seem to find anyone or any website that i can figure it out. can you help me? Or have any ideas where to look?

  4. thank you this really helps alot but i have a question there is a R for both the before e and before a variations but no Ishould i just use either or a specific one?

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