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Learn to Speak Elvish

Updated on May 13, 2009
An Elf
An Elf

 So you're curious about Elvish?  Well, then you've come to the right place to learn to speak Elvish.  This is the Elvish based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, so don't complain that this isn't Elvish as you know it.  There are countless authors who try to make a language, but none are as complete as the linguistic picture that J.R.R. Tolkien provides us. Here are a list of common Elvish words and elvish grammer so you can learn to speak Elvish. There are sites down below with additional information on Elvish and it's history.

The Elvish written on the One Ring
The Elvish written on the One Ring

A History of Elvish

Mr. Tolkien produced many varieties of Elvish throughout the Middle Earth series. To go into all the various dialects on Elvish, throughout the scope of time in Middle Earth, is far beyond the scope of this guide, as it would take hundreds of pages to properly fill.

The two language variations with the most complete language and grammar are Quenya and Sindarin, High-elven and grey-elven respectively. In terms of inspiration and rudimentary grammar, Elvish is based off of Welsh and Finnish.  Even though J.R.R. Tolkien only created about 350 words for his Elvish language, fans of his novels have continually expanded the language from the original 350 words, so that today it is many thousands of words, and capable of full and complete conversation, almost up to par with real languages.  The devotion of his fans is a testament to the power of his work. 

So without further ado, here are some good basic conversational Elvish, which satisfies the curiosity of most people and is more than enough to effectively learn to speak elvish at its most rudimentary form.

English - Elvish ____________________________________________________________

Good (day/morning/afternoon) - Uel (re/amrun/andune) Greetings (everyone) - Vedui' (il'er)

Farewell - Namarie

You are a mighty warrior - Lle naa belegohtar

You are beautiful - Lle naa vanima

You disgust me - Amin feuya ten' lle

Are you ready? - Lle desiel?

Run (for it) - Rima (ten'ta)!

For the most complete dictionary of Elvish phrases available, please click here. Below are some useful J.R.R. Tolkien Elf related videos, and additional resources for research on the Elves in general.

Learn to Speak Elvish

J.R.R. Tolkien Reads: "A Poem In Elvish"

Drawing Lessons: How to Draw an Elf

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      Cindy 18 months ago from Planet Earth

      This is amazing!

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      CLASSIFIED 2 years ago

      CLASSIFIED

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      isa 3 years ago

      do sombody know the verbs?

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      John 3 years ago

      good site. but the one ring doesn't have elvish written on it. it is the language of mordor

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      David 3 years ago

      I just said to my dad, "Nai Valaraukar tye-mátar." And he had no idea what I was saying.

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      elvish panda 4 years ago

      I will annoy my family with my knolage of evlish they wont know wat im saying

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      elwin 4 years ago

      i dig legolas - orlando bloom is a classic actor

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      weng hui 4 years ago

      Awsome

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      miki 4 years ago

      This is awesome! Can't wait to confuse people lol

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      Archer 4 years ago

      Elvish is just... awesome. This is another reason why I'm a nerd. Lol

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      Azalon Evenstar 4 years ago

      Also ..... I CAN TALK LIKE LEGOLAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Le fael. Agoreg vae. Guren glassui.

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      Azalon Evenstar 4 years ago

      Amazing! My 100 anniversary addition of the LOTR trilogy doesn't teach this as well as here!

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      lolpop 4 years ago

      cool hard but cool

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      hobbit#1fan 4 years ago

      The websites really cool and all, but can you please do something like as an example: A-is pronounced "aug" , B is pronounced what ever and so on. So that we can know how to pronounce things in elvish. those aren't true but they are just examples, but I think that that would be easier to do and for people to learn. Thx!

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      hd 4 years ago

      cool

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      weng hui 4 years ago

      COOL !!!I SERIOUSLY LOVE ELVES!!!!!!!!!!!!11

      AHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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      aimee 4 years ago

      i can speak german but not elvish

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      Dan Son Of Asora 4 years ago

      Love Elfs And Lotr

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      Boss 4 years ago

      I can sort of speak sindarin but i cant write it or translate the writing into sindarin

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      Dan 4 years ago

      Could you make a video venturing deeply into the elven language that explains the needed rolls of the tounge and specific speaking variations and have all the letters numbers ect in a photo or file it would help a lot

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      katster 4 years ago

      Please e-mail me a list of books that would help me learn elvish so i can ask for one for my birthday :) kathryn@mackin.me.uk thanks

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      Pleb 4 years ago

      Except that Noldorin is practically dead seen as most of the Noldor were wiped out by Morgoth the first dark lord during the first age. The Noldor were eventually destroyed when Gondolin fell and only fragments of that once proud race remain.

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      rana 4 years ago

      i want lern to spake like as elf......

      plz healp me...

      blackbee.rana @gmail.com

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      Grammar Nazi 4 years ago

      Please correct grammer into grammar. Thank You.

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      KayceeBurtonFreak 4 years ago

      I can easily learn this, it looks easy, but I can't pronounce it... :( Can someone helpp me pronounce it? And I still don't understand how to write in this language... D: Other than that, once I learn it, I can't wait to watch the new LOTRs movies that'll come out later on so I won't need to read the subtitles lol. Just message me on my facebook (Kayla Burton Cloutier) Please?

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      Jack 5 years ago

      Could u do a whole say like this and sound it out

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      jacob 5 years ago

      i want to speak elvish fluently but i dont k ow how. can you guys teach me??????

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      bruce 5 years ago

      I was hoping to learn elvish here on this page or via sub pages. But what words I did want to know are not found in the elvish language. The words are honor, truth, trust, etc. I am thinking of creating my own elvish language just to fix the problem. Now all I would have to do is come up with the language, and how it is pronounced. If any one wants to be a part of this , email me at bruceturner1972@live.com

      I look forward to working with other elvish fans.

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      Hailey 5 years ago

      This is awesome :) i love elvish

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      deanna dixon 5 years ago

      this page is stupid i thought we were goging to learn to speak elvish

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      undead994life 5 years ago

      If there is anyone who speaks elvish and is willing to teach me how to speak it please contact me at MagicBa1@Yahoo.com

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      snowdrop15 5 years ago

      I really want to learn Sindarin, but it's tough to do by myself- I've tried self-learning, but it was really difficult. Can anyone help me? I can teach Russian or Spanish in return...

      Assol1980@yandex.ru

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      Claire 5 years ago

      For all of you except a few who have posted on here, including the author, you cannot learn Elvish, because it is not a language. It is called ELVEN.

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      Elven Archer 5 years ago

      This website is not as useful as this other website, but i'm a HUGE Legolas fan love lord od the rings.

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      ian 5 years ago

      how do you speak elvish

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      evelyn 5 years ago

      needs more language translations so people can learn to speak it not write it

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      Ryan 5 years ago

      This Looks amazing, Just wish There was a bit more information, But I will keep looking incase I have missed something.

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      greenleaf's daughter 5 years ago

      hiiiiiii!!!!!

      i love legolassssssssssssss very much .

      and elven language.i can speak alittle too........

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      Aragorn 5 years ago

      can you WRITE a bit more plz?

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      Daisy 5 years ago

      since i love the lord of the rings, it is so great that i can learn one of the languages from the films and books.

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      rebecca 5 years ago

      im gonna learn this over spring break!

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      Enelya Felagund 5 years ago

      i can write in sindarin and i am learning to speak it

      my advice for people is to learn to write it first ( it makes learning to speak it easier)

      :3

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      jacob 5 years ago

      this site didn't help me much...

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      yomamasofat 5 years ago

      I love LEGOlos

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      heh 5 years ago

      ckick in this link: http://www.arwen-undomiel.com/elvish/phrases.html to learn some elvish frazez

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      Princess Tigerlily 5 years ago

      I LOVE LOTR and want to write a book with elvish in it sooo any good web sites that a person of 9+ can look at?????????????????????????????? I REALLY want to write this book. Thnx y'all

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      ben 5 years ago

      it is so cool now all i talk is elvish

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      PreludeOfLight 5 years ago

      Uhmm, the link to the complete dictionary is no longer available. Does anyone know another site that has a complete dictionary?

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      Thomasalder99@yahoo.com 5 years ago

      hey guys I'm trying to learn it can some1 email me a sentence in elvish writing and then i can work it out and email back the answer in english then tell me if I'm correct plz would be very helpful =]

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      elvish478 5 years ago

      best thing ever

      REALLY AWSOME

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      Isildur 5 years ago

      Amazing.....Love it its a great language

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      Clive 5 years ago

      Some advice for many of the posters here...before you attempt to learn Elvish, you may wish to learn some fundamentals of English first. I've never seen such poor grammar and terrible spelling...urgh.

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      Sophie Elf :) 5 years ago

      mara Aure (Mah-Rah Ow-Ray) which is hello.im learning Elvish right now, it isn't as hard as you may think, its harder to learn all the wod though, but writing is easy once you get the hang of ot. i know a few basic words and phrases like hello, greetings i love you, how are you, do you speak elvish, a star will shine upon the hour of our meeting. Suff like that. it is a fun language to learn and it is very beautiful. i hiughly recommend people to learn it. it is amazing :)Le Hannon! (thank you)

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      Alyssa 5 years ago

      Is there anyone that would be willing to be my elvish tutor? please contact me here if you are intersted in teaching me: willa4888888@gmail.com

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      odd thing 5 years ago

      has anyone really notice this is titled how to speek elvish and all the vids show you is how to write elvish?

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      Raeesa 5 years ago

      what form of elvish are the websites above in?

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      Serae Elf-friend 5 years ago

      This is one of the most awesome sites ever!!

      I just love LOTR and SF

      Yeah, I know I'm a geek :D

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      Arwen's Guard 6 years ago

      I love LOTR so much. I cant wait to learn the language. thanks for putting this hub together

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      adwen 6 years ago

      love this language cant wait 2 master it

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      greenleaf's daughter 6 years ago

      I talked to my father yesterday and he said that he loves all his fans lol

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      greenleaf's daugter 6 years ago

      I LOVE Legolas 2!!!!!!:) I am also his real daugter and i can speak the language fluently

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      Not the Lord of the Ring 6 years ago

      I too am a Legolas lover!!!! ;)

      Amazing site, really well done all that created it- am in the process of learning Elvish and this site is unbelievably helpful!

      Love Lord of the Rings- the most wonderful series EVER.

      Tolkien is a total genius. R.I.P Tolkien.

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      Legolas Greenleaf 6 years ago

      I luv LOTR! All my friends think I'm a total geek because of it but who cares!!! Lotr is the best movies/books EVER!!!! Legolas is so awesome!!!! I so wish the Elvish was a language so that way people can study it with books and at school and not on the computer. GO LEGOLAS

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      haldir of lorien 6 years ago

      here's another one witch is great teaches alot

      http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/sindarin.htm

      ps scroll down on these websites the good stuff at mid

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      haldir of lorien 6 years ago

      here's another one below this one teaches how to speak a lot of words in quenya and sindarin here is the website below

      http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/

      and

      http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/quenya.htm

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      haldir of lorien 6 years ago

      sorry my brother deleted last one the website is

      http://www.omniglot.com/writing/tengwar.htm

      there

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      haldir of lorien 6 years ago

      here is another website with great things teaches you how to write in sindarin and quenya and speak some in each to

      ps sorry for messy spelling i doing this at 1 am

      here's the website below

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      haldir of lorien 6 years ago

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      haldir of lorien 6 years ago

      i can write in elvish the hole alphabet and i can speak a little to if anyone wants to learn how to write the hole elvish alphabet i know a website i cant remember though what dialect its in

      if you want to know what website i am posting it in a few minutes

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      eli 6 years ago

      they didn't write elvish on the ring they wrote the language of mordor on the ring

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      Maeglin Telrúnya 6 years ago

      http://www.phy.duke.edu/~trenk/elvish/

      i like this one this guy wrote complete schoolbooks in pdf format for every elvish dialect and a list of poems and storys in elvish and english translations if you want to learn elvish for free this is perfect (probably better than some payd sites too)

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      lord of the rings lol FAN!!!! 6 years ago

      I love lord of the Rings actully i am watching it now & it's like in 17 again, where Ned speaks Elvish!!

      it's soo AWASOME!!!!!!

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      Legolass lover 6 years ago

      Heeeey! Somebody,anybody.. I really need sexual frases !..

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      Ilovelegolas 6 years ago

      I watchedall three movies wheni was 2 yrs old and loved theya im tht nerdy.Well i have watched them over and over through out the years and well now i want to learn elvish .:)

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      LegolasArrow 6 years ago

      Wow im starting to learn Elven Language already!!!! Its a wonderful language, but I can only write Elven, not speak it...... Well wish me luck!!! ^-^

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      Legolass Lover 6 years ago

      Does someone know where can i learn some sexual elvish frases?? Please..

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      lillian 6 years ago

      i absolutely love this site i want to learn more

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      Legolass Lover 6 years ago

      Hey guys wtf?? I don't like elvish anymore.. It's so tough!!

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      Legolass Lover 6 years ago

      Does anyone know more frases?

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      ring barer247 6 years ago

      dos any body know how to learn more elvish

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      Jonathan 6 years ago

      DO you know of any good audio courses on elvish?

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      Tiko 6 years ago

      Hi,I'm georgian.. I want to say one:Elvish is really beautiful and interesting language. And i think J.R.R. Tolkien was very bright and talented person. I love all his creatures.. And i want tu learn Elvish, sooo.. Wish me luck !:-)

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      curlywurly 6 years ago

      which would be the quickest/easiest to learn for me speak fluently

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      Nicolas 6 years ago

      I'd love 2 whenever I habe the time, but for now I'll have 2 wait.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      they didn't even wright real elvish on the ring?!?

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      melany 6 years ago

      my friend is going to love this stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Omichi Consu 6 years ago

      One of my goals in life is to learn all of the elvish language and then make my own language. It probably won't be as good as the elvish language though. Just a lifetime goal.

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      Alireza 6 years ago

      How can i learn elvish????

      Is there any book???(PDF)I'm iranian so i cant buy any of books which can help me to learn . so just give me the name of the book.

      Or any idea will be accepted.

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      hirgon 6 years ago

      i've learnt 12 phrases in elvish

      and learning russian at the samwe time it's impossible

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      I Rychdil 6 years ago

      Anyone going to reply, or not?

      Oh, and DON'T email me about stupid stuff, I did say "if anyone wants to talk about this or anything" but I didn't absolutely anything. I meant anything that has to do with elvish or LotR.

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      I Rychdil 6 years ago

      You have some good links on here.

      But that "elvish" is fake, except for one of the phrases.

      I'm pretty sure you just took them from the Grey Company site. And their elvish is just made up for RP games and such.

      You seem to claim this is actual elvish... unless I am mistaken. But this is nothing at all like any elvish I've seen in the books or even the movies!

      So, where did you get the few so-called elvish phrases from?

      It is not possible to speak "fluently" in elvish, seriously.

      If you actually want to learn what elvish there is, Council of Elrond is a good site, along with Arwen-Undomiel(which is in the links section above) or just read all the Tolkien books you can find, surely you'll find out something about elvish.

      (I do not know elvish, by the way)

      If you want to learn how to write it, that "write your name in 10 minutes" thing above is pretty good, or just look in the appendices of Lord of the Rings.

      Oh, and that "name generator" just gives you a random name. Just in case anyone was thinking that they actually mean what your name means.

      If anyone wants to talk about this, or anything, you can email me: roheryn@ymail.com

      It's good you are trying to make a site and everything, but there is no point putting more fake than there already is.

      I really am not trying to offend you or anything.

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      Lsuman777 6 years ago

      Oh and if you play Lord of the Rings online I'm Lsuman on Gladden server. "All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost."

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      Lsuman777 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for making this site and giving us those links! My elvish name is Elendil Anwamanë according to that name generator, an AWESOME name if you ask me.

      "All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost."

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      Th-r Undone 6 years ago

      I have my own language, but mine could never compare in elegance to what J.R.R. Tolkien made.

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      LLLLLL 6 years ago

      That Elf at the top is Elrond.

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      Failariel nenmacil 6 years ago

      i absoloutly love the books, but the movies are THE BOM!!! I loooooove Elvish and i hope to be an awesome author like J.R.R.Tolkien when i grow up. Like his friend, C.S.Lewis, HE IS THE COOOOOOOOLLLLLLLEEEEEEESSSSSTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      FAILING TROLL 6 years ago

      LOL VIRGINS

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      Lalaith 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful language. I hope to learn it. I don't know much, only one word. Goodbye Mellon...

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      Angell 6 years ago

      I will be back to visit this site frequently... its very useful and i think that its also well built... but for now... mae govannen mellonae en amin!

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      Nessa Cúthalion  6 years ago

      I agree with all those who want elvish classes OR it could be an idea for one of those fluent speakers to put up some videos or something... My computer often stuffs up so i only get about an hour on it each day...at least now I've found a site to use that hour properly....

      :D PLEASE SOME1 START UP A CLASS OR SOMETHING FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO SPEAK ELVISH!!!!

      Namarie!!!! XX