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Gandalf’s door spell
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Sindarin
Tengwar

5{#5^ 4$な¸$5$ = 2$7`N 9`B t{#5$ Á
Annon edhellen, edro hi ammen!
Elvish gate, open now for us!
e5{$iD 5x^3H7t% = なiD1`N w3F なt{#5$ Á
Fennas nogothrim, lasto beth lammen!
doorway of the Dwarf-folk, listen to the word of my tongue!

Commentary
Gandalf tried in vain to open the West-gate of Moria by this word of command in book II, chapter 4 of The Lord of the Rings. Christopher Tolkien provided the translation in The Return of the Shadow, p. 463.

The text is transcribed in tengwar or “letters of Fëanor” according to the general use of the Third Age created by Tolkien. An instance of its application to Sindarin is found in the third manuscript of the King’s Letter, published in Sauron Defeated p. 131. We made use of Johan Winge’s typeface Tengwar Annatar.

References
Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel. The Lord of the Rings. London: HarperCollins, 1999. 3 vol. ISBN 0-261-10235-1.
Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel. The Return of the Shadow: The History of The Lord of the Rings, part one. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. London: HarperCollins, 2002. 497 p. (The History of Middle-earth; VI). ISBN 0-261-10224-9.

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