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About Glǽmscribe
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Glǽmscribe Mode Editor
The official IDE to edit Glǽmscribe modes.
Mode and charset package
Latest version of the official package.
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‘Glǽmscrafu’ font versions
Learn more about Tolkienian fonts and download modified versions made for Glǽmscrafu / Glǽmscribe.
Glǽmscribe’s github
For those who are not afraid to see what’s under the hood.
Glǽmscribe (or Glaemscribe) is an open-source engine and library written by Benjamin Talagan Babut, dedicated to transcribing languages invented by J. R. R. Tolkien (generally written with Latin letters and diacritics) into writing systems he devised in his works – such as tengwar, cirth or sarati. By extension, it can also be used with languages and writings of our primary world.

More than a classical tengwar transcriber, Glǽmscribe is a generic transcription engine, the behaviour of which is driven by mode files written in a custom programming language. A mode in Tolkien’s parlance refers to a specific system assigning phonetic values to the writing signs. For Glǽmscribe, it is a system defined by a set of rules describing relations between input (Latin letters and diacritics) and output (Tolkienian writing signs).
Using Glǽmscribe
A fully-integrated version with a web user interface is available here on Glǽmscrafu. It offers a large variety of languages and modes and is suitable for most people and day-to-day use.

Glǽmscribe also exists as a command-line tool for automated/bench transcriptions (see the GitHub project page for further information).
Writing your own modes
If you are motivated in writing new modes for Glǽmscribe, please visit the technical documentation on Glǽmscribe architecture and concepts, and mode programming language.
Installing and integrating Glǽmscribe
The Glǽmscribe engine currently has two implementations: the first one in Ruby and the second one in JavaScript. See the GitHub project page for further information on how to integrate Glǽmscribe.

The works of John Ronald Reuel and Christopher Tolkien are under the copyright of their authors and/or rights holders, including their publishers and the Tolkien Estate.
Quotations from other authors, editors and translators mentioned in the bibliography are under the copyright of their publishers, except for those whose copyright term has ended.
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