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Tyelpétema

Tyelpetéma was one of the five témar or sound-series of the Tengwar writing system.

The Tyelpetéma appears to have been unique; while each of the other four series consisted of a set of six individual 'letters', the palatal sounds of the Tyelpetéma were formed by adding a diacritic mark of two dots beneath another character. This is the equivalent of adding a 'y' after the letter in English to form a single distinct consonant sound.[1] As an example, the sound 'ty' here has the same sound as the initial consonant in the (British pronunciation of) the English word 'tune' - something close to, but distinct from, 'ch'.[2]

The names of the tengwar of that series were: Tyelpe, Indyo, Istyar, Intya, Nyelle and Arya.[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Writing", "The Fëanorian Letters"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Writing", Consonants, TY
  3. Vinyar Tengwar, Number 46, July 2004