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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.

Date: 2007-12-24 08:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zuki-san.livejournal.com
Hee!~ This reminds me of the short segment I heard on NPR today--it was about the widespread belief in elves in Iceland today. There are even a few elf mediums that will try to get in contact with them and apologize/etc, etc, make things right if it's determined that a construction or development project is interfering with their homes.

Date: 2007-12-24 08:49 am (UTC)
notalwaysweak: Rainbow rose with words 'love as thou wilt' below in white lettering (Shaendaena: Shooting stars only.)
From: [personal profile] notalwaysweak
That's gorgeous.

Date: 2007-12-24 08:57 am (UTC)

Date: 2007-12-24 11:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaochi.livejournal.com
Hee Hee

This is not our job, we don't do this !

Date: 2007-12-24 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-caton.livejournal.com
Words fail me....
I love this stuff. Thank you! and may the coming year be blessed!

Date: 2007-12-24 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drakocrowley.livejournal.com
Very cute. ^ ^

Also, it just occurred to me how Tolkien's Elvish resembles Arabic, at least in lettering.

Date: 2007-12-26 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] v-dragon.livejournal.com
(^_^) Pretty writing

Date: 2007-12-26 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] synnabar.livejournal.com
Wonderful concept, and gorgeous art - and writing! :D

Date: 2007-12-27 07:32 am (UTC)

Date: 2008-01-23 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] limboboy.livejournal.com
When I was about eight, I noticed that I had some 'kin blood in me. Of course, everyone knew that elves didn't exist, and told me so. However, Santa and his elves at the North Pole were evidently real, so I decided that my elvish blood had to have come from them. In one of my Christmas letters to Santa as a child, I asked him if he was missing an elf. I'm sure that must have caused some consternation, but in the reply I was assured that Santa wasn't missing one of his elves.

I was a very nonplussed eight year-old.

Date: 2008-02-29 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
hee...
thats cute! ^^
A cute 'kin story, now we dont get many of those.. :(

Date: 2012-05-27 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arvenaperedhel.livejournal.com
Being half-elven (or at least my 'kin is half-elven) meant that I had a disdain for Christmas elves once I got old enough to understand what I was. I would refuse to watch any Christmas movies and threaten Christmas elves I saw on TV with death threats... I was a frustrated child.

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