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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 vowels instead of the 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 It was used by the Lambengolmor for special purposes only.

No texts of this system are known, and its usage and characters are unknown, but it was used in Middle-earth for other languages, like Sindarin, where the tehta-mode was inconvenient.

This system is not heard much thereafter and it seems that its usage hasn't endured into the following Ages. However it's possible that it was the predecessor of the Mode of Beleriand; the letter Osse ] is maybe the only remnant of that (otherwise extinct) system.