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The straight road (Qenya)

Malle téra lende númenna,
ilya sí maller raikar.
A straight road went westwards,
now all roads are bent.

From The Lost Road, p. 47. We replaced the macrons of the original by acute accents, according to Christopher Tolkien’s use when transcribing Qenya names, and edited the punctuation. The interpretation is based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s interlinear gloss.

The text is transcribed in sarati or “letters of Rúmil”, written vertically from top to bottom and from left to right. The signs are used according to Tolkien’s valuation for Quenya. We made use of Måns Björkman Berg’s typeface Sarati Eldamar.  Open this mode in Glaemscribe

Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel. The Lost Road and other writings: Language and Legend before The Lord of the Rings. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. London: HarperCollins, 1993. 455 p. (The History of Middle-earth; V). ISBN 0-261-10225-7.

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