Information about the rings

I have been offering 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 hand-engraved Elven-Rings I use a band ring made of stainless steel (only hand-engraved rings) or sterling silver with a matt outside as a base.

Laser engraved Elven and rune rings are available in various gold alloys and silver or even in platinum. The rings are 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. Additional Elvish texts or other graphics can also be engraved on the inside upon request.

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

Silver
Silver
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Gold 333
Gold

You can choose between different gold alloys (only for laser-engraved rings), sterling silver (all rings) and stainless steel (only for hand-engraved rings).
Hand-engraved rings are flat band rings approximately 5mm wide with a matte brushed finish on the outside. Rings modeled on the "One Ring" are slightly curved inside and out, round and polished to a shine. The other rings are straight on the inside and slightly curved on the outside. Other ring profiles can also be produced on request.

Gold and silver are of course more noble than stainless steel, but also softer and therefore more prone to scratches, depending on the specific alloy. 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, also parts from the Elvish Love Poem (see article pictures for the texts). The texts offered and suggested in the shop are all in Elvish.

Tengwar
Upright and italic Tengwar

As in all normal typefaces, there are upright and italic characters. The font used on the 'One Ring' from the 'Lord of the Rings' movies is italic, and that's why I use this font for the texts on the rings that are modeled after it. I use the 'regular' font on the other Elven rings, which are a bit thinner and narrower and where this font fits better. After consultation, we can also design this differently on an individual basis.

Of course there are a few general conditions that must be observed when considering different texts.

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 in case of hand-engraved rings. Roughly double the number fits on laser-engraved rings. 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.

Translation into Elvish languages is 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 www.tecendil.com.

... but writing in Elvish script is!

Ring Size =
Inner circumference
Inner diameter
50 mm 15,9 mm
51 mm 16,2 mm
52 mm 16,6 mm
53 mm 16,9 mm
54 mm 17,2 mm
55 mm 17,5 mm
56 mm 17,8 mm
57 mm 18,1 mm
58 mm 18,5 mm
59 mm 18,8 mm
60 mm 19,1 mm
61 mm 19,4 mm
62 mm 19,7 mm
63 mm 20,1 mm
64 mm 20,4 mm
65 mm 20,7 mm
66 mm 21,0 mm
67 mm 21,3 mm
68 mm 21,6 mm
69 mm 22,0 mm
70 mm 22,3 mm
71 mm 22,6 mm
72 mm 22,9 mm
73 mm 23,2 mm
74 mm 23,6 mm
75 mm 23,9 mm

However, it is possible that your own English text (or your text in any other language) is written with Elvish characters. 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 spelling systems.
There are then special transmission rules, which are then called "mode". More about this e.g. on the Wikipedia page on Tengwar.

... with a 'Tengwar Transcriber'!

You can do this yourself with the help of a so-called 'Tengwar Transcriber', which then takes over the translation work and actually behaves like a normal editor.
You can find my transcriber in the box below and in the respective item descriptions. In the article descriptions, however, the possibilities are limited to match the respective ring.

 

3. Ring Sizes

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 56 mm corresponds to ring size 56.

Alternatively, you can order an inexpensive multisizer ring tape measure yourself in my shop with free shipping, which will arrive within a few days. This allows ring sizes to be determined easily, conveniently and precisely.

Also, you can order the same ring tape measure yourself from Amazon, which will arrive within a few days depending on the provider. You can use the following link as a starting aid and then look for the white plastic ring tape measure, or of course use other measuring aids if you prefer:
Amazon.com - Ring sizer measuring tools

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 here too: