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New release:

This is a rather minor update, and more under the hood than on the surface, but still:

  • New ligature glyph tehtaI_tehtaE, in order to display the combination of dot above and andaith attested in Parma Eldalamberon 20. Unlike other ligatures, this ligature is only added after automatic carrier insertion. This means there will still be automatic carrier insertion between the tehta for i and the tehta for e. That is because the new combination is only intended for full writing modes, whereas carrier insertion is only intended for tehtar modes.
  • Updates to the Graphite smarts so they run smoothely on the updated 4.2 grcompiler.
  • The graphite font features that can be chosen from have now ssXX IDs (in imitation of the OpenType Layout tag registry’s Stylistic Set tag). Like this, they work in Firefox if Graphite has been switched on (as you can see on the rough FreeMonoTengwar Graphite Testpage).
New release:

TengwarFormalCSUR11 is an update that includes a few changes:

  • Name changed from Tengwar Formal Unicode to Tengwar Formal CSUR (you should not use Unicode in your font names, and especially not so if the font does not adhere to Unicode’s standards but instead uses a private PUA mapping).
  • Optional diacritic dot/acute (for full writing).
  • Minor code updates in order to conform with updated Graphite and AAT compilers.

There have been minor follow-up changes to the project web.

New releases:

TengwarFormalUC.1.0 is based on Michal Nowakowski’s Tengwar Formal, but places the tengwar in the Personal Use Area of Unicode and uses Graphite and AAT.

FreeMonoTengwar.2010-06.11 includes improved Graphite support and new AAT support.

New pages:

There have been minor follow-up changes to the other pages.

New releases: These two releases add Graphite support, as provided by Johan Winge. This makes all the fonts’ ligatures work in XeTeX and in the upcoming version 3.2 of OpenOffice.org.

Follow-up changes to the webpages about the FreeMonoTengwar font and to the webpage about embedding tengwar on websites. The FreeMonoTengwar ligature support table has been updated. The embedding tengwar on websites samples have been renewed.

Bugfix release: FreeMonoTengwar-embedding.2009-12-30.zip – This fixes the width of U+200c ZERO WIDTH NON-JOINER. Now it really has zero width.
New releases:
  • FreeMonoTengwar.2009-12-30.zip – This introduces new ligatures for aha-tinco, hwesta-tinco and silme-aha. This release departs from the original GNU FreeFont FreeMono font, changing various punctuation signs so they fit in better with the tengwar and removing various character ranges. Also, the PANOSE proportion setting has now the value any.
  • FreeMonoTengwar-embedding.2009-12-30.zip – This release is intended for website authors who want to embed the FreeMonoTengwar font on their website.

Additionally, there is a new page to the project: Embedding Tengwar on Websites. It contains some help for website authors who want to embed tengwar fonts on their website. The other pages have been subsequently adapted.

Application support table added to the FreeMonoTengwar font page.
The font Tengwar Telcontar is now part of the Free Tengwar Font Project. A fresh version has been released: A page with information about Tengwar Telcontar has been added; subsequent minor changes to the rest of the pages.
New releases: Subsequent updates of this site’s pages FreeMonoTengwar font and Keyboard Layouts; renewal of this site’s Home page; new page Character Mapping.
Original release.


The Free Tengwar Font Project aims at developing a family of general purpose fonts that cover J. R. R. Tolkien’s tengwar script and that are compatible with the Unicode standard. Additional aims are tools and documentation for the use of such fonts. Compatibility with Unicode means that these fonts’ tengwar glyphs will not be mapped over any other Unicode character. Instead, they are mapped on the Personal Use Area of Unicode.

Johan Winge’s Tengwar Telcontar font already existed previous to this project. Indeed, it has been an important inspiration, aiming at Unicode compatibility in a tengwar font. Johan’s joining in has been a giant leap for the Free Tengwar Font Project. Another important inspiration has been the GNU FreeFont, aiming at a free software family of fonts that covers a wide range of Unicode. Most of the FreeMonoTengwar font is not original work, but is based on the FreeMono font from the 2009-01-04 GNU FreeFont.


The Free Tengwar Font Project is free software: You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

The Free Tengwar Font Project fonts are distributed in the hope that they will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with the Free Tengwar Font Project. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

As a special exception, if you create a document which uses a Free Tengwar Font Project font, and embed that font or unaltered portions of that font into the document, that font does not by itself cause the resulting document to be covered by the GNU General Public License. This exception does not however invalidate any other reasons why the document might be covered by the GNU General Public License. If you modify that font, you may extend this exception to your version of that font, but you are not obligated to do so. If you do not wish to do so, delete this exception statement from your version.

Please note that for you to use J. R. R. Tolkien’s tengwar script in a commercial production you may need permission from the Tolkien Estate.


This project has been created by j. ‘mach’ wust, inspired by the Tengwar Telcontar font by Johan Winge, who subsequently has joined the project. If you’d like to discuss the project or to join in, feel free to post to the freetengwar-discuss mailing list. For personal mail, mach can be reached at j_maREMch_OVEwuTHISst@tengwTEXTar.info, and Johan can be reached johDONTan.INCLUDEwingTHISe@teliaTEXT.com.