Enlarge / Drops Elvish Lord of the Rings Keycap Set.
Have you always wanted to speak like the elf Legolas or the dwarf Gimli? With the latest keycaps from keyboard enthusiast shop and supplier Drop, communicating via the Lord of the Rings Elven or Dwarf languages is just a mechanical keystroke away.
Enlarge / The Elvish modifiers use the same language as in the One Ring.
The Drop + The Lord of the Rings MT3 Elvish Keycap Set and the Drop + The Lord of the Rings MT3 Dwarvish Keycap Set announced on Wednesday are PBT plastic keycaps that fit on any mechanical keyboard switch with Cherry MX-style stems. The kits are available in Elvish or Dwarf for those who are already familiar with the languages (or who can type). Anyone who is not that multilingual can opt for the kits, which include English letters in smaller font alongside the JRR Tolkien language characters.
/ Drops Dwarven Lord of the Rings keycap set.
Drop the dye sublimation used for the legends, which means the inscriptions are permanently colored and will not fade. The characters on the keycaps are accurate too, which means you can use them to teach yourself the fictional languages. And as Matteo “Matt3o” Spinelli, who made the keycaps noted, you can continue your studies by downloading Elvish and Dwarf fonts.
Of course, there are several Elvish and Dwarf languages in The Lord of the Rings. According to Drop, the flowing, flowery characters on the main keys of the Elvish sentence are “faithful translations of corresponding Sindarin terms”. Matt3o stated in an October blog post that Sindarin was chosen because there is a larger dictionary and “many examples written by Tolkien himself”.
Enlarge / There were many examples of Sindarin that the keycap designer could use.
However, the modifiers like Backspace, Enter and Home are in Tengwar, the ancient Elvish language in the ring. Yes, this ring. Drop’s website has pronunciation instructions and translations for the modifier keys (for example, caps lock translates as “pedi caun” or “speak out loud”).
The dwarven keycaps, on the other hand, use rune-like legends that represent the written language of Cirth, with appropriate modifiers (and translations). The modifiers can technically be thought of as Erebor, according to Matt3o, who said, “While you can consider the alphanumeric characters to be truthful, the modifiers aren’t all that important.”
Enlarge / You can get the keycaps with or without English characters.
Matt3o considered including Khuzdul, but said there was not enough literature. “Numbers are a clear example; we don’t know how to count beyond 6 in dwarfish,” explained Matt3o.
/ All of the Lord of the Rings keycaps use a larger, SA-like form factor called the MT3.
The keycaps come in a variety of configurations including space bar only, modifiers only, numeric keypad keycaps, and sets for full-size keyboards. They use the MT3 profile developed by Matt3o, which is a larger, clunkier, retro-looking keycap with deep harness. I recently tried MT3s in the Drop Islay Night keyboard and was amazed by the way the dishes rocked my fingertips.
A full set of Lord of the Rings keycaps is priced at $ 100 during the current two-month pre-order period but is expected to cost $ 125.
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