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Five wishes

5lD `VjR5 iGjUyE qE6t#7R81Ej´E5"# t$m^5Ì# -
Nai elen siluva parma-restalyanna meldonya.
May a star shine upon your book-fair, my friend.
5lD `VjR5 iGjUyE j´R5"# -
Nai elen siluva lyenna.
May a star shine upon you.
5lD `Ct#5Ì# `N5"#j´E 1R6 alHyT`V7ÏE -
Nai amanya onnalya ter koivierya.
May your child be blessed throughout his/her life.
5lD `VjR5 `C1'E iGjUyE1 .E7R5"# yR7ÏE5nR81Y -
Nai elen atta siluvat aurenna veryanwesto.
May two stars shine upon the day of your wedding.
5lD j.E7R jE4&yE qE6t#81E5"# j~Mt%,F5 1Rx%`V81Y -
Nai laure lantuva parmastanna lúmissen tengwiesto.
May a golden light fall on your book (of you both) at the times of your reading.

These sentences (and variants) were presented and analysed by Carl F. Hostetter under the title Five Late Quenya Volitive Inscriptions in Vinyar Tengwar n° 49. Tolkien appears to have composed them in the 1960s.

The text is transcribed in tengwar or “letters of Fëanor” according to the classical mode for Quenya described by Tolkien in the Appendix E to The Lord of the Rings and used for instance by the Namárië manuscript in The Road Goes Ever On p. 65. We made use of Måns Björkman’s typeface Tengwar Eldamar.

Vinyar Tengwar: The journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship, a Special Interest Group of the Mythopoeic Society. Edited by Carl F. Hostetter. Crofton (Maryland): 1988-  . ISSN 1054-7606. 🌍 The Elvish Linguistic Fellowship.

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