We absolutely ADORE The Encyclopedia of Arda! Their $4 US iPad App is so handy, well worth the money! The Tolkien Professor and Mythgard Institute also shared Signum University‘s awesome app for studying The Silmarillion – excellent!
Elvish Language Resources:
If you have an iPhone or iPad – you can learn Quenya Elvish with Elvenspeak for FREE, or try ElvenSpeak Pro for around $2.00 US that also has Sindarin! Thanks Earendil of Lassiquendi for this awesome learning tool, which uses the free Ardalambion course! For webmasters looking to code accents, diphthongs and umlauts, use this HTML Coding Chart. Another source: Quenya101.com
If you want to use a computer, the Windows version of Elvish Fonts by Dan Smith can be found here: http://www.acondia.com/fonts/tengwar/index.html (Note: The Font keyboard layout is not based on sound, it is rather complicated to use. Still, this can be useful). We will add the same information for Mac when located. Also – check out Quenya101’s Elvish Tengwar Keyboard – nice!
For those interested in Elvish Names (Quenya or Sindarin), perhaps you feel pulled to start with your birth name – see Elvish.org’s Name Website. Take a look at the Sindarin Elvish Name Generator as well – look into the “themes” options for the best matches.
This was recently located, Elven Wedding Customs. You may explore other topics in the left-hand column there too.
Here are some thought-provoking articles from Michael Martinez.
This is a a rather interesting spiritual take on Tolkien from Sharron Rose and Jay Weidner.
For those of you interested in a scholarly look at Tolkien-based Elven Ritual – consider reading Dr. Markus Davidsen’s work, particularly this article, the Spiritual Milieu Based on JRR Tolkien’s Literary Mythology he has published in a major academic work, called the Handbook of Hyper-Real Religions! By early 2017, stay tuned for the publication of his extensive work – we cannot wait! This work will not only be useful for spiritual paths based on Tolkien’s work, but also for other spiritual paths based on what can be viewed as modern fiction (consider Jediism, which is very popular as an alternative spiritual choice, despite the lack of material – luckily, George Lucas accomplished what he wished through the Star Wars saga, which was just to awaken true spirituality on a grand scale). ***His completed 525-page thesis may be found here: https://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/handle/1887/29078 – this is NOT lightweight reading!
A most excellent study: Leonid Korablev’s True Elves of Europe!
Nice article on Rune Soup about Tolkien, spirituality and even magic.
Some of our readers have also found this interesting comparison.
Years ago, we discovered the Fifth Way Mystery School’s interesting take on Elven Ritual (link no longer works, searching for new one), and while it is not like the one that is used by Tië eldaliéva, it is interesting to see how they arrived at this piece.
Carvin Knowles and The Fellowship have done an absolutely wonderful re-release of In Elven Lands!
For a very comprehensive list – check out Tolkien Music.
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