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Quanta Sarmë

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'''Quanta Sarmë''' was a spelling of [[Tengwar]] devised by [[Fëanor]] in [[Valinor]] which used full letters for [[ómëar|vowels]] instead of the [[tehtar]].
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'''Quanta Sarmë''' was a spelling of [[Tengwar]] devised by [[Fëanor]] in [[Valinor]] which used full letters for [[ómëar|vowels]], rather than [[tehtar]].
  
Unlike [[Rúmil of Tirion]], Fëanor considered vowels as independent sounds and not just “colours” of the consonants; it was his preferred (and perhaps intended) way of writing, however its use is mentioned to be connected only with the [[Lambengolmor]], and for special purposes only.
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Unlike [[Rúmil of Tirion]], Fëanor considered vowels as independent sounds and not just "colours" of the consonants; it was his preferred (and perhaps intended) way of writing, however its use is mentioned to be connected only with the [[Lambengolmor]], and for special purposes only.
  
 
No texts of this original system are known, and its usage and characters are a mystery, but it is said that it was used in [[Middle-earth]] for other languages, like [[Sindarin]], where the tehta-mode was considered inconvenient.  
 
No texts of this original system are known, and its usage and characters are a mystery, but it is said that it was used in [[Middle-earth]] for other languages, like [[Sindarin]], where the tehta-mode was considered inconvenient.  
  
It's possible that the [[Mode of Beleriand]] was one of those systems originating from the ''Quanta''; the letter [[Ossë]] is maybe the only remnant of that (otherwise extinct) system.
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It is possible (and indeed very likely) that the [[Mode of Beleriand]] was one of those systems originating from the ''Quanta''; the letter ''[[Ossë (tengwa)|ossë]]'' is maybe the only remnant of that (otherwise extinct) system.
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
*[[Vinyar Tengwar 39]], [[Appendix D to Quendi and Eldar]]
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* [[J.R.R. Tolkien]], "[[Appendix D to Quendi and Eldar]]", published in [[Vinyar Tengwar 39]]
 
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Revision as of 21:34, 14 May 2009

Quanta Sarmë was a spelling of Tengwar devised by Fëanor in Valinor which used full letters for vowels, rather than tehtar.

Unlike Rúmil of Tirion, Fëanor considered vowels as independent sounds and not just "colours" of the consonants; it was his preferred (and perhaps intended) way of writing, however its use is mentioned to be connected only with the Lambengolmor, and for special purposes only.

No texts of this original system are known, and its usage and characters are a mystery, but it is said that it was used in Middle-earth for other languages, like Sindarin, where the tehta-mode was considered inconvenient.

It is possible (and indeed very likely) that the Mode of Beleriand was one of those systems originating from the Quanta; the letter ossë is maybe the only remnant of that (otherwise extinct) system.

References