Dialogue is one of the most important tools a writer can have to build a character. Many authors try to use Elvish to give the dialogue a more authentic feel, and it should work. After all, Tolkien used this trick very successfully. However, there’s a very big difference between Tolkien and the Elvish sprinkling writer. Tolkien actually knew Elvish; and most of the time, the author does not. Because of this handy cap, many writers fall victim to Grelvish. Fear no longer! Here is a trustworthy source for Elvish dialogue.
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For the Elves in and from Aman, as well as Gondorian and Númenórean royalty.
The Lingua Franca of the Elves of Middle-earth.
The language of the people of Númenor.
Just a handful of curses and insults for your orc villains to yell as they raid your hero’s villages.
For Elven marriages in Valinor and in Middle-earth.
If you play LotRO, this is a plugin I helped develop: LotRO Neo-Sindarin Plugin
- How to write dialogue for Middle-earth characters.
- Foreign Tongues in Fanfic – a guide on using foreign languages in fiction gracefully.
If you need to request dialogue, go to the Translation Requests page for guidelines on how to request a phrase, or the forum.