FAQs

  1. Can you do a translation for me?
  2. What is Grelvish?
  3. How can I tell if some Elvish is Grelvish?
  4. How do I put accents over my letters?
  5. What do all of those Elvish names in the books mean?
  6. Can you beta read my story for me?
  7. Can I put some of the stuff on your website onto mine?


Can you do a translation for me?

Yes! Visit the Request a Translation page, and follow the instructions there.


What is Grelvish?

‘Grelvish’ is a slang term for ‘Grey Company Elvish’. The Role Players at Grey-company.org made a language for their RPG that was vaguely based on Quenya. Their RPG has nothing to do with Tolkien or his magnificent creation, but people often mistake Grelvish for Tolkien’s Elvish. (Despite the fact that there are many warnings on the website stating that they have nothing to do with Tolkien!)


How can I tell if some Elvish is Grelvish?

Grelvish is very easy to pick out, just look for these three things:

  1. The words: amin, lle, tel’, saes, and naa.
  2. Multiple vowels, as in the Grelvish word ‘Namaarie’.
  3. An apostrophe in the middle of a word, at the beginning of a word when there is no word before it, or at the end of a word when there is no word following it.

Ask the person who quoted the Elvish where she/he got it from. If he or she got it from a fanfiction or
doesn’t remember where he or she found it, it’s best not to trust it. The Grey Company is also called
‘Tel’Mithrim’.


How do I put accents over my letters?

If you have MSWord:

  1. Click on [Insert] in your menu bar.
  2. Go down to [Symbol] and click on it.
  3. Find and double click the accent that you want!

If you want to do key stroke accents in MSWord:

  1. Click on [Insert] in your menu bar.
  2. Go down to [Symbol] and click on it.
  3. Find and click once on the accent that you want to use.
  4. Look at the bottom of the Insert Symbols window to ‘Keystrokes’ and memorize the keystroke you need.

Here’s a chart of keystrokes for accents: (Note: there are no keystrokes for Ŷ or ŷ. You
can make keystrokes for them, see your MSWord ‘Help’ section, or just copy and paste the symbol.)

Table of keystrokes for accented characters
To insert Press
á, é, í, ó, ú, ý CTRL+'(APOSTROPHE), the letter
Á É, Í, Ó, Ú, Ý
â, ê, î, ô, û CTRL+SHIFT+^(CARET), the letter
Â, Ê, Î, Ô, Û
ä, ë, ï, ö, ü, ÿ CTRL+SHIFT+:(COLON), the letter
Ä, Ë, Ï, Ö, Ü, Ÿ

(This chart was taken from the Microsoft Word ‘Help’ section-Insert an international character by using a shortcut key)

If none of this works, the best way to do them is to copy and paste.


What do all of those Elvish names in the books mean?

Go to the Wiki of all of the Non-English names and their meanings.

If the name you were looking for wasn’t on the list, you may request it, by visit the Contact Us page or the forums.


Can you beta read my story for me?

No. We’re sorry; we just don’t have the time. That’s why we made a list of beta readers to choose from.

However, if you want us to check translations for you, we can! Just send it to us, and we’ll help you get
the Elvish smoothed out. Visit the Contact Us page or the forums.


Can I put some of the stuff on your website onto mine?

Simply put: No. I constantly update the material on my website, and I don’t want the outdated material floating around unfixed.

I set this place up so that you can use the phrases and names; and I encourage you to use them for whatever you need them for. However, you may not copy entire pages of my website onto yours.

There are only three things that you may take from my website and put on yours: the link buttons, the
101 Sindarin Phrases, and the 101 Quenya Phrases. I made these two phrasebooks just for people wanting Elvish sections on their websites, hoping to stamp out the Arwen-Undomiel phrasebooks which plague our fandom. It does have its own Terms of Use though, please read it carefully.

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