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Information on Elven-Rings

I have been offering hand-engraved elven-rings since 2007 and have convinced a long list of satisfied customers with my offer and service. Since then I have been running the Elven-Ring Forge as a hobby project as a balance in addition to my actual job as an IT project manager.

For my Elven rings I use a band ring made of stainless steel or sterling silver with a matt outside as a base. The rings are hand-engraved on the outside with an inscription in Elvish letters (Tengwar). Templates from Tolkien's works (Lord of the Rings and others) can be used as texts. Alternatively, your own texts can be written and used in Elvish characters regardless of the language. In addition, there is always the option of engraving names and a date on the inside of the ring. This is then usually done in Latin characters.

In principle, similar engravings can also be made on other objects made of the same materials.

In the following, I will give you more detailed information on all of these points in case you need them to make a decision



1. Material of the Rings


SilberringeEdelstahlringeYou have the choice between sterling silver and stainless steel. Both rings look very similar. They are flat band rings with a width of approx. 5mm, which are brushed matt on the outside.

Silver is of course more noble than stainless steel, but also softer and therefore more prone to scratches. And that's exactly what leads to a beautiful used look and patina over time.

Stainless steel on the other hand is much more robust and durable, but also a bit cooler in look and feel. Because of the greater hardness, stainless steel rings are more complex to engrave, which is why they cost the same as silver rings, which have a higher material value.



2. Engraving Text


You can choose one of the suggested texts, have your own text engraved or you can be inspired by examples from the Internet. "You have my love", which is a direct quote from Lord of the Rings and comes from the dialogue between Arwen and Elrond in Rivendell, is very popular.

Of course there are a few general conditions that must be observed.

On the one hand, the text must not be too long, otherwise it will no longer fit on the ring. The rule of thumb is that depending on the ring size, a text with 15 to max. 30 consonants fits on it. Vowels do not count towards the length, since in Elven script these are usually shown as appendages above or below the consonants (so-called diacritical marks). In a specific case, you simply have to check the length of the text, which is what I gladly offer to evaluate.

Translations into Elvish languages ​​are not possible ...

As a rule, your own texts cannot be translated into an Elvish language (Elvish languages ​​are e.g. 'Sindarin' or 'Quenya'). This is mainly due to the fact that Elvish is an artificial language in the Tolkien universe and Tolkien only "created" a limited amount of vocabulary and rules. In the vast majority of cases, the necessary vocabulary and grammar are simply missing to translate your own text. I can't do that myself. However, if you find translated texts on the Internet, I can use them. A good starting point with a dictionary and some familiar phrases is e.g. elfdict.com. Another really good site with an additional online transcriber is https://www.tecendil.com.

... but writing in Elvish script does!

However, it is possible that your own English text (or text in any other language) is written with Elvish characters. Mostly this route is taken. The text itself remains English, only the presentation changes. It's like marking an English text in Word and then displaying it with Greek letters. Except that it's a little more complicated because there are no 1:1 equivalents of letters, sounds and writing systems.
There are then special transmission rules, which are then called "mode". More about this e.g. on the Wikipedia page Tengwar and Certar. I can gladly take over this conversion for you. In that case you will receive a graphic file with the later appearance for preview. Alternatively, you can do this yourself with the help of so-called 'Tengwar Transcriber'. There are quite a few of them on the Internet (e.g. under Online Tengwar Transcriber) or in the app stores. (Play Store - Tengwar Transcriber) Another really good site with online transcriber is https://www.tecendil.com. Then send me a screenshot or an output file of the result and I will check whether it can be used that way.



3. Ring Sizes

Ring Size =
Inner circumference

Inner circumference

50 mm 15,9 mm
52 mm 16,6 mm
54 mm 17,2 mm
56 mm 17,8 mm
58 mm 18,5 mm
60 mm 19,1 mm
62 mm 19,7 mm
64 mm 20,4 mm
66 mm 21,0 mm
68 mm 21,6 mm

Then choose the right ring size for you or the person receiving the gift.

The easiest way to do this is to take a well-fitting ring and determine its inner diameter. To do this, you take a ruler or, even better, a calliper and measure the inner diameter 2-3 times (if the ring is not completely symmetrical). Alternatively, you can go to a local jeweler and have your ring size determined there.

If you don't have a suitable ring on hand, cut a strip of paper the length that it exactly surrounds your finger. Now measure the length of the paper strip in millimeters. Coincidentally, this corresponds exactly to the ring size (that's how it is defined, at least in Germany). I.e. an inner circumference of 56mm corresponds to ring size 56.

Please keep in mind that the fingers are a little wider in summer and round the ring size up if in doubt.

On the right you find a table of available sizes and auxiliary information for converting the finger circumference (corresponds to the inner circumference of the ring) into the diameter.

You can find further help e.g. here too: