In Memory of Star

Literary Tattoos: The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien Elvish

Jim Genzano explains his tattoo:

The tattoo says “Elendil,” the name of a character from J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings, written in Tolkien‘s Tengwar script.  In the Elvish language Quenya, the name means “elf friend” or “star lover.” Elendil’s name written in this fashion was often used as his badge and a device on his seals.  I got the tattoo – my first – as a memorial tattoo after the death of my friend Star.  I liked the “star” connection, and also Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings had a huge effect on me growing up and is still my favorite series of novels.  Star was also a fan.


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