Tattoo Ideas in Elvish Script From "The Lord of the Rings"
J.R.R. Tolkien was a genius. What other author that lived in his day constructed an entirely new language that he later included in each of his famous books? Tolkien did have an advantage, however, having studied and created languages as a hobby for most of his life.
The Elvish language that Tolkien created for the purpose of The Lord of the Rings was primarily spoken by elves and fairies. It has several derivatives including Quenya and Sindarin, which are the most advanced and popular.
The languages of Sindarin and Quenya are usually written in the Tengwar script, which Tolkien also created. The script that is on the "One Ring to Rule Them All" is actually written in the flowery scripted black speech of Mordor, which is derived from Elvish.
However, Elvish and other Middle-earth languages can also be written using the Latin alphabet if various accents are properly applied. When I saw The Fellowship of the Ring after reading the books, I became obsessed with getting an Elvish tattoo.
Luckily, my girlfriend at the time and a friend of ours were equally enamored, and after some extensive online research, we were able to find an Elvish quote that means "The stars will shine on the hour of our meeting."
We split the quote into thirds and each got part of it tattooed somewhere on our bodies.
The cast of The Lord of the Rings did something similar. When filming wrapped up, they decided to commemorate the year and a half they spent shooting in New Zealand in a unique way.
The nine actors who comprised the fellowship decided to get a word done in Elvish script that symbolizes the number nine. The design was drawn by artist Roger Ingerton, John Rhys-Davies (who played Gimli the dwarf) was the only member who opted out of the activity due to personal reasons. He sent his stunt double, Brett Beattie, in his place.
Two of the four hobbits, Sean Astin and Billy Boyd, got the tattoo on their ankles to pay homage to the fake hairy feet they had to wear throughout the filming of the movie, a process which took over two hours to complete, while others simply tattooed the design on their upper arms.
- Vanimle sila tiri — Your beauty shines bright.
- Ta nae amin saesa — It was my pleasure.
- Amin n'rangwa edanea — I don't understand these humans.
- Amin mela lle — I love you.
- A'maelamin — My beloved
- Elear — Visionary
- Amin khiluva lle a' gurtha ar' thar — I will follow you to death and beyond.
- Mela en' coiamin — Love of my life
For more sayings, try the English to Elvish Translator.