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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 original 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. It's possible that the Mode of Beleriand was one of them; the letter Ossë is maybe the only remnant of that (otherwise extinct) system.