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The Tengwar script was invented by J.R.R. Tolkien and was published in his "Lord of the Rings" series and other works. Tengwar was used to write Quenya, Sindarin, Black Speech / Orkish, and other fictional languages of Middle-Earth. It can also be used to write English and a variety of other languages of this Earth. Tengwar is a rich and complex writing system that highlights Tolkien's linguistic skills.

Tengwar is not part of the Unicode Standard. However the ConScript Unicode Registry (CSUR) has defined a range of the Unicode Private Use Area for Tengwar. CSUR coordinates artificial/constructed scripts (mostly), which facilitates font development and interoperability.

Font Samples

font sample * font information
Sample of Code2000 at 28pt Code2000    [ show all samples ]  (code2000.ttf)
Source: Download this shareware font ($5) from James Kass's webpage.
Stats: Version 1.16 has 61,864 glyphs and 239 kerning pairs
Support: Arabic script (Arabic, Baluchi, Kirghiz, Persian, Shahmukhi, Sindhi, Uighur, Urdu, Uzbek), Armenian, Bengali, Braille, Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Cherokee, Chinese (Bopomofo only, including Extended), Cirth, Coptic, Cyrillic (all or most of range), Devanagari, Ethiopic (including supplement and extended blocks), Ewellic, Georgian (Mkhedruli and Asomtavruli), Greek (including polytonic and Coptic characters), Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Hebrew, IPA, Japanese (Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji/Han Ideographs including Extension A), Klingon, Korean (Hangul only), Lao, Latin, Limbu, Mongolian, N'Ko, Ogham, Phaistos, Runic, Syriac, Tamil, Telugu, Tengwar, Thaana, Thai, Tifinagh, Vietnamese, Yi
OpenType Layout Tables: Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Buhid, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Han Ideographic, Hangul, Hangul Jamo, Hebrew, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Latin, Malayalam, Mongolian, Myanmar, N'Ko, Tamil, Telugu, Thai
Sample of Code2001 at 28pt Code2001    [ show all samples ]  (code2001.ttf)
Note: The Tengwar range of this font is visually identical to "Code2000".
Source: Free download from James Kass's webpage.
Stats: Version 0.917 has 2,944 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Cirth, Cypriot Syllabary, Deseret, Gothic, Latin, Linear B (ideograms and syllabary), Old Italic, Old Persian cuneiform, Osmanya, Shavian, Tengwar, Ugaritic
OpenType Layout Tables: Latin

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