door of durin

I'm looking to get this as a tattoo, but unfortunately because of the size I am unable to fit all of the writing found at the top of the archway. I was looking to maybe just have the part that says, "Speak friend and enter" or "pedo mellon a minno". Which part of the script there are those words? I'm guess it's the top line on the left side of the archway that says it -- does that seem right?

What language was the inscription on the Doors of Durin written in?

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    See, now I'm seeing that star in the middle and thinking about your question, and there's a horrified part of me that wants to know where you plan to place this tattoo.
    – Broklynite
    Apr 9, 2016 at 9:09
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    @Broklynite Best. Tattoo. Idea. Ever. (Just wish the Sindarin for ‘speak!’ weren’t pedo.) Apr 9, 2016 at 16:25
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    @JanusBahsJacquet Yes, I had noted that but thought it might perhaps be in bad taste.
    – Broklynite
    Apr 9, 2016 at 17:46

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I'm not very good at translating Tengwar personally, but every online source I can find agrees that it's actually the right-hand side of the top line:

From a German fan named Gernot Katzer: enter image description here

From Reddit user Wiles_: enter image description here

And from a fan named Dan Smith, courtesy of theonering.net enter image description here


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