Gandalf in the Library of Minas Tirith
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The Collected Vinyar Tengwar now on

All five volumes volumes of The Collected Vinyar Tengwar are now available to purchase from and other major Amazon stores around the world. See the contents, volumes, and ordering options 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 the print-on-demand service of (and its counterparts in other nations).

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.

Vinyar Tengwar sample issue available for download

With the very kind permission of the Tolkien Estate, I am pleased to be able to provide for download a PDF version of VT issue 43, containing the presentation and analysis of Tolkien's Quenya translations of the Paternoster (Átaremma), the Ave Maria (Aia María), and the Gloria Patri (Alcar i Ataren).

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

About VT

Vinyar Tengwar (ISSN 1054-7606) is a not-for-profit refereed journal of the Elvish Linguistic Fellowship, devoted to the scholarly study of the invented languages of J.R.R. Tolkien. VT is indexed by the Modern Language Association.


The editor of Vinyar Tengwar can be reached at:

Carl F. Hostetter
2509 Ambling Circle
Crofton, MD 21114

Back Issues

Collected volumes of all back-issues, and a listing of their contents, are available in the Vinyar Tengwar Web Shop


All submissions must in some manner deal with Tolkien’s invented languages, and must be made by e-mail in plain text, RTF, or Microsoft Word formats. The editor reserves the right to edit any material (except artwork) for purposes of clarity, brevity, and relevance. All submissions are subject to review.

Note: The pages of VT are now, and for the foreseeable future will continue to be, primarily devoted to the publication and analysis of new primary materials from Tolkien’s linguistic papers, and these will of course continue to take precedence over other submissions. Materials may alternatively be submitted to the Lambengolmor mailing list or to the E.L.F.’s online journal, Tengwestië.


Copyright of all material submitted is retained by the author or artist, although VT reserves the right to reprint the material at any time. Acknowledgement that original material subsequently reprinted elsewhere first appeared in VT would be a welcome courtesy.

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