Have you ever wondered what your name would look like in the Elvish characters created by J.R.R.
Tolkien for the Lord of the Rings? Want an Elvish
tattoo, but don't know where to get started?
OPTION 1: Learn to do it yourself
If you are willing to spend a little time, you can learn how to write
Elvish yourself. I've written a page where I explain how to do it: Write your name in Elvish
in ten minutes. There's nothing secret or mysterious about
it. I spell it all out for you.
OPTION 2: Let me do it for you
You can teach yourself Elvish and write it yourself, but do you have
the time? Learning Elvish isn't hard, but it takes some effort, and you
still need good handwriting to make your name look good. There are
plenty of Elvish fonts out there, but they're tricky to deal with, you
won't be likely to have much confidence in the result, and your name
will end up looking like it was typed. Why not let me take care of it
How it Works
me $30 (USD) via PayPal
to the PayPal
account firstname.lastname@example.org and I will write
your name in Elvish characters. If you want a phrase, send me $3 per
word ($30 minimum) and I will write the phrase of your choice. In the
"Subject" line of the PayPal Send Money page, write "Elvish writing".
In the "Note" section, tell me exactly what words
you want written in the message.
If you can't do PayPal, e-mail your request to me at email@example.com
with the subject line "Elvish writing" and you can arrange to pay me by
check. Either way, you'll need to pay me first. If you're not satisfied
with the result, I'll be happy to refund your money.
I write names and English words in Elvish text
(Quenya Tengwar, to be specific). I do not translate English language
words into Elvish language words. I do a literal letter-for-letter
transcription using Elvish letters, not a phonetic transcription. I can do Sindarin-style
writing too, but be sure to clearly ask for this option.
To get an idea of what your writing will look like,
take a look at the samples farther down this page. Please note I do not do the style of the One Ring.
I will send you a high resolution .gif image of the
Elvish characters and a short explanation of how the writing works.
I will try to get your writing back to you quickly, but it may take as long as a week from the time I receive payment until you get your writing.
If you get an Elvish tattoo, send me a picture of it
and I will post it here.
If you want to learn the basics of how Elvish writing
works, read my quick introduction, called How Elvish Works.
I am providing my best interpretation of
the Elvish characters for your request. It is provided on a strictly as-is basis.
Interpretations of how to write any given phrase in
Elvish characters may vary widely. Since Elvish is an invented
language, there are no native speakers to consult. Furthermore, Tolkien
himself describes several variations of Elvish, most notably Sindarin
and Quenya. They look somewhat different.
You should double-check my rendering, particularly if
you are considering getting a tattoo or something similarly permanent.
Mistakes are always possible. I'm not trying to keep secrets: my Elvish in ten minutes
page shows exactly how I spell out your name. Verify that I spelled
your name correctly, or check my Elvish against another site.
Tattoos are permanent! Getting one is a very personal
decision. This site should not be construed as encouraging you to get a
Ruth says: "Thanks so much for doing this for me! Your
work is beautiful!!"
Oli says: "Thank you very much for the beautiful design
of my name in elvish! Its perfect and I can't wait to get it tattooed!!
You did a magnificent job!"
Stephanie says: "Thank you so much for writing out that
phrase for me, Ned! Keep up the good work, and I'll be sending you a
picture of my tattoo soon!"
Jessie says: "Thanks for writing my name! I loved it, I
do plan on getting it tattooed and will for sure send pictures! Thanks
Rebekah says: "I just got my Elvish initials back today,
and they are beautiful. I am just going out the door to get them
tattooed. Thank you so much for the beautiful work."