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elvish

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1. The Tengwar of Feanor, a table of letterforms resembling the beautiful Celtic half-uncial hand of the "Book of Kells". Invented and described by J.R.R. Tolkien in "The Lord of The Rings" as an orthography for his fictional "elvish" languages, this system (which is both visually and phonetically elegant) has long fascinated hackers (who tend to be intrigued by artificial languages in general). It is traditional for graphics printers, plotters, window systems, and the like to support a Feanorian typeface as one of their demo items. By extension, the term might be used for any odd or unreadable typeface produced by a graphics device.

2. The typeface mundanely called "B"ocklin", an art-decoish display font.
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The authors of these scholarly inquiries into the Elvish languages all
Sindarin, another elvish language, is almost as fully developed as Quenya.
In Tolkien's invented Elvish language, Sindarin, the word signifies the "black land, dark country" but in Old English mordor was equally dark, meaning "murder.
It may have been because major parts of Middle-earth's mythology and history were already forming in his mind before the war began, as background to his Elvish languages, and his experiences naturally fit themselves into this waiting framework.