The Lord of the Rings Fonts Guide
One of the iconic symbols of the film epic The Lord of the Rings is the unique yellow letters on the logo. However, it’s not the only recognizable element of branding. In this article, we’ll tell you what kind of graphic is used in the trilogy and where one can download it.
The Trilogy’s Logo
The film’s emblem is made as a text-based logo. Yellow letters with serifs, shadows, and color transitions create a 3D effect. The color of the logo is associated with the plot and namely the color of the One Ring and the hobbits’ clothes who like wearing yellow and green.
The design of the title was tailored to the movie. Later, the Ringbearer font was created which was as close to this writing as possible. What is interesting is that although the trilogy’s logo remained the same, the logos of each part are unique. They were painted by hand by calligrapher Daniel Reeve.
Graphics from Films, Posters, and Ads
The film is notable for its complicated graphics system which has become the subject of discussion among fans. It can be divided into two large groups: artistic (the Elvish languages) and marketing (book covers, posters, and other promotion tools).
The most recognizable outline is a copy of the trilogy’s logo. To create Ringbearer, designer Peter Classen has carefully researched the emblems of The Lord of the Rings movies around the world. As a result, the symbols with ragged edges and small cracks came out very similar to the original ones.
You can download Ringbearer at 1001fonts. The license allows free use for personal purposes only.
This font named after the Lord of Mordor was created by the American company The Ant Farm specifically for promotion and namely advertising posters, book covers, CDs, etc. What’s interesting is that this font was just a template which was changed depending on the goals. Sauron is not intended for public use, so you cannot download it.
A delicate font with small serifs was developed in the 1930s by designer Berthold Wolpe. Albertus became very popular: it was used for street names in the City of London, in movies and TV series (How to Get Away With the Murder, Escape from New York, Prince of Darkness), and on Coldplay’s album covers. It’s no surprise that the creators of The Lord of the Rings decided to use it for advertising posters.
The graphics named after the German philosopher Albertus Magnus have various outlines: a straight and an italic one. You can download Albertus at 911fonts. It is not allowed to be used for free for business projects.
Flare Serif 821 BT Roman
The font of the Romanesque family is very similar to the previous one. It has neatly rounded letters, smooth transitions, and barely noticeable serifs. You can download the free version for personal use at Fontsplace.
Elvish Ring NFI
One of the favorite outlines among the fans of the movie. The Elvish graphics designed by Thomas Otto look exquisite and elegant: thin lean-faced letters with long “tails”, unusual dots in the form of petals, and smooth transitions.
The peculiarity of this graphics is the use of the Latin letters instead of the Elvish ones. Although it is not that easy to read such writing its elements will decorate any creative project. The Elvish Ring NFI font family is free for personal use only.
The RM Entrees design was inspired by the Ents, one of the peoples inhabiting Middle-earth in Tolkien’s novels. Outwardly, the Ents resemble trees, that’s why the graphics came out with plant motifs: letter parts are intertwined like the roots of trees, branches and flowers look out from all sides. Yet, the writing remains clear and readable.
The license allows the free use of RM Entrees even for commercial purposes. It is available at 1001fonts.
The Elvish “handwriting” created by Peter Wiegel is based on one of Tolkien’s documents. The rounded neat symbols seem to be printed on a typewriter. Although Elfic Caslin is similar to the classic Caslon, only the most ardent saga fans will be able to read the handwriting. You can download the font and use it for both your blog and an advertising campaign for free.
Another kind of Peter Wiegel’s Elvish graphics. The symbols are similar to slightly slanted handwritten characters. Delicate joined letters and smooth transitions look stylish and exquisite. However, only those familiar with the Middle-earth languages will be able to read the text. That’s why you are allowed to use Greifswalder without any limitations.
The combination of the Latin letters and the elements of the Tengwar alphabet, one of the Elvish languages invented by Tolkien. The writing turned out to be very recognizable and immediately conveys the spirit of the movie: wide letters seem to be carved out of stone.
You can download the Fanjofey font family at 1001fonts and use it for personal purposes for free.
It’s hard to believe but the font style a la The Lord of the Rings was designed by William Morris back in 1893. The contrasting combination of smooth transitions and sharpened outlines looks stylish and elegant. The text is easy to read for it seems to be painstakingly written by hand.
The Morris Roman font family is available for download at 1001fonts. It’s even allowed to be used for business purposes.