Telco also refers to the straight 'stem' line that appears in written Tengwar, which can extend above or below the writing line (although in the original system there was a third option, a telco that extended both above and below the line). Combined with the lúva ("bow") stroke, it forms the basis of all the standard characters of the Fëanorian alphabet.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 122
- Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, "The Houses of Healing", p. 580
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Writing", "The Fëanorian Letters"