Welcome to the Terms and Conditions Page!
We/Us/Our/Ours = the translators and writers and web designers of RealElvish.net.
I/Me/My/Mine = Fiona Jallings, the head translator and owner of RealElvish.net.
You/Your/Yours = user of RealElvish.net’s services.
RealElvish.net = these three websites: RealElvish.net, the RealElvish Academy, and the RealElvish Store.
Terms of Service
document comes into effect January 12th of 2019.
of service may be updated in the future, and all users will be bound to the
updated version when it comes into effect as well.
By using RealElvish.net’s services, you are agreeing to abide by these rules. Whether or not you read this page, you are expected to abide by it. But don’t worry; the rules are straight-forward.
Any questions you have can be relayed to me (Fiona Jallings, the website’s owner) using the Contact form.
Harassment and Spam Policy
If you send
harassing or spam messages to anyone on the website or abuse your commenting
powers to post spam or harass someone, your account will be deleted. I will not
issue a warning or explanation if I feel that you have violated this policy,
because harassers and spammers are not worth the time.
If you are
being harassed by another member, let me know, and I will do what I can to
limit the harasser’s contact with you, though my abilities are limited to
deleting messages, comments, and the harasser’s account.
Other Misuses of Accounts That Will Get Your Account Deleted:
- Selling or giving your account to someone else. They’re already free, so I’m not sure why you’d do this, except to give access to a spammer or a harasser.
- Trying to hack the website.
- Taking other users’ contact information without their consent, no matter what you want to use it for. I don’t make that information public in the first place, so the only way you could have this information is if you violated the previous rule.
- Fraud, theft, other illegal stuff that I don’t even know exists yet – this is not your haven for illegal behaviour, and if I find out, I remove your account.
- Taking the free material available on the website without permission and selling it or selling access to it. The free material is meant to be a public resource.
- What does count as breaking this rule would be copying a page of the website without permission and publishing it as your own. For example, copying a phrasebook, then selling it as your own phrasebook.
- What doesn’t count as breaking this rule would be taking a few translations and using them in your own work. For example, using some Sindarin phrases in the dialogue of your novel or working a Tengwar transliteration into a piece of artwork that you sell. This is part of the works being a public resource, and I encourage it.
- I provide two phrasebooks for reposting, but you must leave access to these phrasebooks free for all, with no pay-barriers between them and the general public.
This is available
on all three RealElvish websites, and it comes with the following privileges:
to comment on the pages, posts, and translations set up to allow commenting.
to sign up for the Monthly Newsletter.
updates sent to your e-mail, if you want it.
to the Private Message system.
This is available only on the main RealElvish website. The donations can be of any amount, and there is no extra charge associated with being a donator. The privileges are the same for a Free Membership, but with one Bonus:
name or alias, whichever you prefer, will be added to the list of donators
along with the amount you donated.
you donate $20 or more, I will provide you with free custom translation
services for a month, within reason.
can’t be taken back.
Paid Membership - $20 a
Paid Memberships are only available on the RealElvish Academy website. The privileges are the same for a Free Membership, but with a few bonuses:
will provide you with free custom translation services for the rest of the
month, within reason.
to the teacher-led translation courses, which involve getting translations
annotated and corrected by me directly.
Paid Membership Rules and
subject to all of the same rules that free accounts are subject to, with a few
a payment is missed, then you will be bumped down to a Free Membership.
you break the rules that get your account deleted, you will not be refunded.
progress in the lessons depends on you completing your homework. If you drop out of a course from not turning
in homework, you won’t be refunded.
are writers, translators, and vendors. They are subject to the same rules as
everyone else. Anyone caught breaking these rules will find their account
post articles in the blog sections of the websites.
are the only ones responsible for the content of their articles.
regular posting schedule isn’t required, though it is preferred.
translators translate the content of the website into other target languages. There is a
LOT of stuff to translate, and they get plenty of help from me – especially
when it comes to the more complex aspects of the website pages and pulling up
stuff from the databases.
are the only ones responsible for the accuracy of their translations.
are the only one responsible for making sure they are caught up in the
are responsible for letting me know if they can’t finish the work or need a
break. I can then look for someone else to pick it up while they’re gone.
have the right to refuse to translate something with no explanation.
have a profile up on the Contact Us page as one of our translators, since they’re
the one who speaks the language that people will want to contact us in.
translators provide phrasebooks and namelists in languages that the head
translator doesn’t know.
are the only ones responsible for the accuracy of their translations.
work won’t be posted until it is complete.
translation requests they receive are theirs to keep!
translators have the right to refuse to translate something with no
explanation. Since they are part of designing the project, then they can guide
it towards topics they’re more comfortable with.
the project is posted, they’ll get their profile included on the Contact Us
page, so people can send questions about their language to them directly.
Vendors are people who sell products with translations or transliterations on them in the RealElvish Store.
order for an item to be posted for sale it must:
related to Tolkien’s languages or writing systems.
that linguistic content properly explained in the product description (I can
help with that).
easy to read and accurate. (I can also help with that – though a vendor will be
charged the same as everyone else for custom translations.)
no higher a rating than PG13.
no political or religious messages – we want the website to be neutral ground
where everyone feels welcome.
caught breaking one of the general rules that results in the deletion of one’s
account, then any products a vendor has posted will be removed from the store
Shopping and Shipping
The RealElvish Store is a multi-vendor store with curated products that have something to do with Tolkien’s languages and writing systems. Individual vendors sell the products, while RealElvish takes a commission for being the platform that they’re sold on.
are responsible for giving the vendor the correct address and paying the asking
price. If you don’t, you won’t get the product, and there isn’t much of
anything that anyone can do.
are responsible for storing the products and shipping them to their buyers –
though once it’s in the hands of the third-party service that will deliver it
to the buyer, it isn’t the vendor’s responsibility since it is literally out of
you have a conflict with a vendor, your problem is with them alone. If you want
a refund, you should return the item(s) in question, including paying for the
if you are a vendor and have a conflict with a client, the most I can do is
delete accounts and make sure money is refunded.
the right to refuse any translation or transliteration request without
explanation. This is pretty rare, but usually involves requests that are
ridiculously huge (I won’t translate the whole Silmarillion for you!) or material that makes me uncomfortable (I’m
not going to translate your break-up letter to your ex!). If I refuse to do a
translation, I’ll let you know, but I don’t have to explain why not.
translations here are in the Neo-Elvish languages. Neo-Elvish is any
translation in Tolkien’s Elvish languages not made directly by Tolkien.
Neo-Elvish is the closest you can get to “authentic” Elvish and have original
translations as well. For example, Neo-Sindarin and Neo-Quenya are the Elvish
languages that appear in The Lord of the
Rings and The Hobbit movies.
all of Tolkien’s notes on his languages have been published yet and are still
currently being published, Neo-Elvish languages change quickly. Old
translations reflect the knowledge available at the time, as well as any
translations here. Since we cannot see the future, we are not responsible for
translations becoming outdated when new material is published. That is the risk
that you take on when you use Neo-Elvish languages.
The Tengwar are a writing system, not a language. Here’s a link to a thorough description for beginners: Basics of Tengwar for Tattoo Seekers.