An Elvish Mode

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[Page 8] {Title Art: "an ELVISH MODE" is written in green. The font is stylized with additional serifs added to each letter.} an ELVISH MODE BY MARCELLA JOHREN (EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS IS TAKEN FROM A LETTER FROM MARCELLA TO E-GH) {Image: The first letter of the paragraph, 'T' is drawn in blue, over the outline of a six-petaled flower, drawn in red.} There are arguments for and against making it easier for people to read Elvish. In case you wanted to make it easier--or rather quicker--lack of time being most of the trouble, I think, I've appended a page such as I think would have helped me, if I'd had it. {Image: This line ends with an green arrow pointing to the right edge of the page.} I do feel that all of us who want to communicate in Tengwar should have one mode that we all know, even if we wish to vary it at times. Sort of Angeleno-Tengwar, so all know without trying it out first, whether [Tengwar Symbol] is going to mean _g_ or _gw_, etc. and whether in a work @word@ like "beauty", to stack the tentar or put each one on a carrier, and how far to go in writing English phonetically. At first I felt ready to go whole-hog on it, feeling it would be great to spell English sensibly at last. But then I found troubles. The very words you want to spell more phonetically are the oldest English words, and carry the old-English feeling, and they look like the devil spelled phonetically. (That's a matter of being used to it; at present the effect is of illiteracy, the mark of ignorance, but that might wear off.) Sandra very practically pointed out that phonetic spelling slowed down your reading of Tengwar because the letter combinations aren't what you expect, and you don't catch on to the whole word from a few letters. This in turn happens because, or when, you are reading visually rather than audially (is there such a word? no? audi-oh, well. By ear.) {Cirth runes} God cannot alter the past but {end Cirth runes}

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