sCalling all mechanical keyboard enthusiasts. Some cool news just landed that we thought we might share with the three of you. Designer Matt3o has launched his officially-licenced custom Elven and Dwarven keycap sets. Spoiler, they look great.
One of the things that made Lord of the Rings so great was the world that Tolkien crafted. In case you didn’t know, the world of Middle-earth even has its own history of the languages that Tolkien created. If you were looking for a set of MX stemmed keycaps for your next build or to replace our current set, then why not learn Elvish or Dwarvish in the process.
One (or two) keycap set to rule them all
You might be familiar with the letters that appear on the Elvish set, the script of Tengwar. You would have seen it around the One Ring. Now you can have it on your keyboard. Or you could go for Cirth, the rune-like script from which the Elvish Tengwar evolved and what the Dwarves opted to use.
The keycap sets also feature novelty keys with custom-designed iconography as well as some with official icons like the Eye of Sauron and the One Ring, the beauty of licencing deals. Matt3o took a bit of creative liberty with the translations because Elvish doesn’t have words for ‘print screen’ for example. That becomes “teitho parf” or, literally, “write a book”.
The new sets are available in a few different layouts. If you’re still learning the foreign texts you can get the training set which has both Elvish or Dwarvish as well as traditional English characters. If you’re feeling confident you could get the hardcore sets that omit the English characters. There are also sets for a Numpad or just the special keys in a few different colours.
Released in collaboration with Drop, the base set of the Lord of the Rings MT3 Elvish and Dwarvish keycap sets are available for preorder now for $100. The keycaps themselves are made from PBT plastic with a dye-sublimated legend. They come in an MT3 profile and are compatible with Cherry MX switches and clones.
If you want a set for yourself unfortunately Drop.com doesn’t ship directly to SA so you’ll need to wait for Amazon to hopefully pick them up, or use a third-party service.