Tengwar Annatar 1.20

A Tengwar Type Family

Tengwar Annatar is a tengwar font, or rather a type family with four styles: regular, italic, bold and bold italic. The name Annatar, “Lord of Gifts”, was the deceiving name Sauron used when he taught the elven smiths the lore of ring making and subsequently made the One Ring, to rule them all… As Sauron was the maker of the ring we may deduce that he also was the engraver of the ring inscription from which the italic style of Tengwar Annatar is inspired. The upright style is a variant of the formal book-hand style with some elements in common with the italic style, as well as with my own personal penmanship. The bold styles, finally, are simply written with a broader nib. This is an example of the four styles, demonstrating how the phrase “sinome maruvan” may be written with tengwar:

Example of the Tengwar Annatar font

Tengwar Annatar makes use of the encoding devised by Daniel S. Smith, and should therefore be more or less compatible with other fonts using this encoding. Some small divergences exists though, mainly concerning less common characters; see the documentations for more details.

If you are unfamiliar with tengwar fonts and Dan Smith’s encoding, I highly recommend a document on Writing With Elvish Fonts written by Harri Perälä. It is crucial to be aware of how Dan Smith’s encoding works, if you want to use the fonts in the correct way!

Tengwar Annatar is available as eight TrueType fonts, which are all distributed in a compressed zip-file together with the documentation in PDF format. (Adobe Reader is needed to read PDF-files.)

The Tengwar Annatar type family is the property of the creator, Johan Winge, copyright © 2004–2005. It is distributed as freeware, meaning that you may download it, free of charge, and use it in any non-commercial publication or product. The full license is found in the documentation, which comes bundled together with the font files.

Tengwar Annatar is created with MetaFont, mftrace (using potrace) and FontForge.

If you like Tengwar Annatar and feel that you want to encourage me to further develop it, and support me in a financial way, you may send me a donation through PayPal. This is of course completely voluntary, and you can choose to donate just how much or little you want. Any gift is highly appreciated!

Note: The money you donate will primarily be used on Tolkien related material, especially Vinyar Tengwar and Parma Eldalamberon.


The first example is a rendering of the famous ring inscription, which brings out the capabilities of the italic style of Tengwar Annatar:

Ash nazg durbatulúk, ash nazg gimbatul etc.

If you want to see how the ring inscription was written, you first have to have the latest version of Tengwar Annatar installed. Then download ashnazg.rtf for an example.

The following example demonstrates how the upright bold style may look in a running text.

Han kom som ett yrväder en aprilafton och hade ett höganäskrus i en svångrem om halsen.

This paragraph is, or at least used to be, familiar to most Swedes. It’s the first sentence from the book “Hemsöborna” by August Strindberg. The mode used for writing this Swedish text is devised by Måns Björkman.

Links to other fonts

All of the following fonts are more or less compatible with Tengwar Annatar, since they all make use of Daniel S. Smith’s encoding.

Latest update: November 29, 2005. Copyright © 2004–2005 by Johan Winge. Back to the index.