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Words -- so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. [N. Hawthorne]

Our On-line dictionaries section (May 2008)

Hesperides for Mac OS X

Hesperides is a complete rewrite of Dragon Flame for Mac OS X, contributed by Thomas Deniau. Hesperides integrates Hiswelókë's Sindarin dictionary (currently based on lexicon 0.994), with a state-of-the-art Mac OS X interface and the Narmacil engine (courtesy of the YaTT project and used to transcribe words in Tengwar).

Hesperides requires Mac OS X 10.3 Panther.


  • Hesperides includes a "Transcribe to Tengwar" feature. However, to make it work correctly, you will have to install the Tengwar fonts system-wide (they are ncluded in Hesperides for your convenience, but can only be only used from within the application if you don't install them system-wide). So use "Font Book" to install the fonts located in the "Fonts" directory of the disk image.
  • If you want to add additional modes (that is, more TengwarScribe modes) to Hesperides, or additional fonts as well (as long as they are TrueType), put them in your "Library/Application Support/Hesperides" folder (located in your home folder).

Hesperides is free software and is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

Download Hesperides for Mac OS X and simply enjoy!

You may also want to contribute to the future development of Hesperides:

Donate to support Hesperides' development

Any comments or suggestions about Hesperides should be addressed to thomas AT nousoft DOT org.

Hesperides is named after the Garden of the Hesperides in the Greek mythology, where trees giving golden apples grew. It was garded by a hundred-headed dragon... A suitable name for the Mac OS version of Dragon Flame, isn't it?

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Updated On-line dictionaries section. (May 2008)

Updated On-line dictionaries section. (Apr. 2007)

New On-line dictionaries section. (Jun. 2006)

Hesperides 1.2 for Mac OSX. (Dec. 2004)

Hesperides 1.1 for Mac OSX. (Sept. 2004)

Dragon Flame 2.0.1 for Linux. (July 2004)

Hesperides 1.0 for Mac OSX. (July 2004)

Dragon Flame 2.0 for Linux. (June 2004)

New web design for the Sindarin dictionary web site. (April 2004)

Dragon Flame 2.0 is available for download. (December 2003)

The Sindarin dictionary and Dragon Flame are brought to you by Hiswelókë and JRRVF, two companion web sites in French, devoted to JR.R. Tolkien's works. Visit our linguistic studies, geographical essays and mythological articles!