Gandalf in the Library of Minas Tirith
Copyright ©1990 Patrick Wynne
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The Elvish Linguistic Fellowship

A Special Interest Group of the Mythopoeic Society

The Elvish Linguistic Fellowship (E.L.F.) is an international organization devoted to the scholarly study of the invented languages of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The primary activity of the E.L.F. is carried out in the pages of its two print journals, Vinyar Tengwar (available by subscription ) and Parma Eldalamberon, and in its online journal, Tengwestië. The E.L.F. also sponsors the Lambengolmor mailing list.


Announcing Parma Eldalamberon 22

See the full announcement and details on the contents here.

Announcing Vinyar Tengwar 50

This 28-page issue features a presentation and analysis of the “Túrin Wrapper”, comprising a set of three untranslated Sindarin texts from the (probably early) 1950s pertaining to the “Túrins Saga”.

Please note that henceforth issues of Vinyar Tengwar will be sold on a per-issue basis only, and will be ordered directly from the the online, print-on-demand publisher

The Collected Vinyar Tengwar, Vol. 5

The Collected Vinyar Tengwar, Vol. 5, collecting issues 41-50 in both perfect and coil-bound editions, is now available in the VT Web Shop

Vinyar Tengwar format, subscription, and back-issue changes

Due to the vastly increased demands of time required for subscription and back-issue-order fulfillment as readership has grown dramatically, and to the reality of irregular publication dictated by its changed focus on publishing new primary material, and in order to remove format constraints on the size and scope of its contents, Vinyar Tengwar will undergo a format change and a switch to per-issue ordering after the publication of issue 50. Starting with issue 51, VT will be sold on a per-issue basis only, and will be ordered directly from the the online, print-on-demand publisher Back-issue collections spanning issues 1 thru 50 of Vinyar Tengwar are also available as a series of softcover volumes through (in both perfect- and coil-bound formats), as The Collected Vinyar Tengwar.

Vinyar Tengwar Index

Diego Segui has very kindly provided his index of Vinyar Tengwar for publication here, in both English and (the original) Spanish versions. Diego writes: "This index lists in alphabetical order all words, roots, affixes, etc. belonging to languages invented by J.R.R. Tolkien which appear attested, discussed or mentioned in the journal Vinyar Tengwar (VT). Its purpose is to provide the researcher with quick access to a reference, or to allow focusing on a particular form by checking it against other locations where information can be found."

Errata Page for E.L.F. Publications

This page lists all known, corroborated errata to the two print publications of the E.L.F., Parma Eldalamberon and Vinyar Tengwar, at I encourage everyone who spots a potential erratum to either of these publications to report it at If the erratum is confirmed, it will be added to the page and reported to the Lambengolmor list.

Announcing Tengwestië — the online journal of the E.L.F.

Read the welcome message and the first article, “The Past-Tense Verb in the Noldorin of the Etymologies: A Formal Classification” by Carl F. Hostetter, here.

E.L.F. and Vinyar Tengwar Swag

Members and non-members alike can now help support the E.L.F. and the production and publication of Vinyar Tengwar by purchasing from a nifty selection of E.L.F.- and VT-related swag, courtesy of

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