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Dec. 23rd, 2007 11:55 pm
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Read today's comic.


If it hasn't appeared on the site yet, read the comic here.


The large text is in Quenya, one of the Elven languages invented by Tolkien. I'm sure some of the people reading this have studied it more than I have, so let me know if I did anything wrong.

The words "Yule" and "Christmas" do not exist in Quenya, so I inserted both as loan words. Yule was a reasonable loan word because it exists in the Hobbit calendar, although I doubt the Elves would write it with a silent E. The dictionary doesn't have any equivalent of "happy" or "merry" in it, either, so I had to wish that the holidays were glorious and beautiful instead. It's really a shame that the language has such a small vocabulary, but Tolkien did not have enough years to unfold his whole creation. He deserved a few more decades to finish a few more books, if anyone ever did.

I had the idea for today's comic last December. A county-wide power outage made it impossible to finish it in time, so I saved it for the next Christmas.

The beauty of Elvish doesn't show up when you're using a single-thickness pen. It seems to have been designed specifically for use with a calligraphy pen. I was surprised to see what a difference it made when I inked it with a proper dip-pen, a tool I haven't seriously used before. When I'd penciled in the cirth (Elven letters), they seemed both irregular and repetitive, but when I inked them, then they flowed and looked right. It made it look like I had more skill than I have. I'm probably blind to my beginner's mistakes, but I'm very satisfied with how it turned out.

Be glad that I spared you the horror of what I had in my original sketch: bubble cirth.
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