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Moria gate inscription

l5I6 2.7`6 ]7]6 yh7`] =
Ennyn Durin aran Moria:
The doors of Durin, lord of Moria:
ql2h yljjh6 ] y`5h -
pedo mellon a minno.
say “friend” and enter.

`y 6]7r` 9]Ö6 ld]1[ =
Im Narvi hain echant:
I, Narvi, made them:
aljlw7`w{h7 h l7ls`h6 1lÖ3]1[ ` 3`n 9`6 =-=
Celebrimbor o Eregion teithant i thiw hin.
Celebrimbor of Hollin drew these signs.

The text is transcribed in tengwar or “letters of Fëanor” according to the mode of Beleriand created by Tolkien and illustrated for instance by the Moria gate inscription in The Lord of the Rings, book II, chapter 4. We made use of Måns Björkman’s typeface Tengwar Parmaite.

The interpretation of the inscription is a part of the story itself.

Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel. The Lord of the Rings. London: HarperCollins, 1999. 3 vol. ISBN 0-261-10235-1.

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