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About High Speech Alphabet

Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by andrecamargo, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. andrecamargo

    andrecamargo New Member

    I have just a question about the "High Speech", from the Dark tower series.
    This serie has a special meaning to me. In part I can say it has helped to save my life.

    well, In some parts of the stories, there are somethings written on the High Speech, using some symbols (an weird alphabet).

    The afterword of the Winds through the keyhole is an example.

    Well, I have a huge "The Dark Tower" based tattoo on my leg (it covers my entire left leg) and I would like to finish it with a quote from the book written on those symbols.
    Do you know if exist a place where I can find some quotes from the book written with them?
    (I was thinking on "aim with the eye, shoot with the mind, kill with the heart", but who knows? There is a lot of great quotes on the book).

    Or maybe a dictionary, where I could find what each symbol means.

    Also, would be cool if you created a "fan-album" on this page, with tattoos, drawings, etc made by fans. I am sure there is a lot of stuff

    follow an image of the "Winds Through the Keyhole" afterword

    Thanks a lot.
    And a hail to the person who is behind the Facebook page Stephen King. Very kind person. Always trying to help :)

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  2. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    Hi there, I'm not too sure about the High Speech question, (Ms. Mod or Bev Vincent will be better able to answer this for you) but wanted to let you know that we do have an area specifically catering for fan art.
    It's called Gallery XIX and can be accessed from the front page of the main site.
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  3. Jordan

    Jordan Webmaster-at-Large Administrator Moderator

  4. andrecamargo

    andrecamargo New Member

    Thanks for the answer.
    The gallery part the person from the Facebook page has answered me.
    I forgot to remove this question from the text.

    There are pretty coll stuff there.

    If I find The answer about the high speech to finish my tattoo, I will send picture of it :)
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  5. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    The font that was used to create that alphabet is called Hoefler. With that installed on your computer, you can type any words you want and it will show up as the High Speech text. For example, I typed Long Days and Pleasant Nights and this is how it displays:

    High Speech.jpg
  6. VampireLily

    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & Consumer of men's souls.

    Hello & Welcome.... thank you for this fabulous Thread!
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  7. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    Oh wow, M... this is very cool!
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  8. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Thank you Ms. Mod..!!

    This will not be a tattoo, but this has got to be a picture or a border somewhere in my little place.

  9. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    John would have loved that. :)
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  10. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    Now, if I can just figure out how to chart that......and I might you know.
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  11. andrecamargo

    andrecamargo New Member

    Thank you so much! That is so amazing.

    Now I must decide which quote I am going to tattoo =)

    Is there a page with quotes from the books?

    I have about 15 I have noted when I was reading the books, but I am still searching for some more.

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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...High Speech?...I was known to use some of that back in the day after I smoked up...:biggrin2:
  13. KCFleming

    KCFleming Member

    Ms. Mod,

    I was wondering, do you know what King uses for letters q-z?

    I finally have the text Hoefler Text Fleurons and Arabesques, but I noticed q-z did not appear in the characters. In Gabrielle Deschain's letter I can tell he used 0 which is the ship for "v" and @ for the "r" which is the moon. Do you or does anyone know what other replacements are used for these letters?

    When my fiance and I get married I'm going to try to have a gun personalized to look like one of Roland's and I thought it would be nice to put a personal message and his name somewhere on it, but I'm going to need those letters to do so.

    Thank you
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  14. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Would have to check with Donald M. Grant Publisher as they'd be most likely to have the answer to that. Will let you know what they have to say.
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  15. deano

    deano New Member

    Hi Ms Mod,

    I've been absent from the message boards for a few years now, and the idea of a tattoo in the High speech bought me back here. I've tried downloading the Hoefler font as you suggested but I just get standard English lettering. Would you happen to know the site you used. If you don't wanna post it here then mail me if thats possible. Thanks for listening...
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  16. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    It was what the publisher shared with us so I don't have a link--sorry.
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  17. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Try google- it is called Hoefler Text ornamental
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  18. jt0565

    jt0565 Well-Known Member

    if you are accepting suggestions i cant think of a better representation of the series than there are other worlds than these.
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  19. deano

    deano New Member

    Thanks, jt, I have since had my tat and it does include the frase - 'There are other worlds than these'. Its still to be finished and I'm gonna add 'UNFOUND' but represented in the high speech (Hofler) text.

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  20. Dave Sause

    Dave Sause New Member

    Actually, that renders as: LONGDAVSANDLOESAN?UNHGT?S where I don't know what the "sun" symbol is - and it's not a T. It looks like the "ship" is both a V and a Y. This is based on the translation of UNFOUND, and I FORGIVE YOU EVERYTHING CAN YOU FORGIVE ME. Apparently the high speech doesn't use punctuation. Gabriel actually writes I FORGIVE OU EVER THUNG CAN OU FORGIVE ME. Perhaps in the Great Speech, they weren't great spellers?
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