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Gnomic Letters

Selected Gnomic Letters. The first trace being in capital, followed by the lower case

The Gnomic Letters were a writing system created by J.R.R. Tolkien while he worked in the University of Leeds between 1920-1925. It was conceived when Tolkien was first creating scripts and like the Gondolinic Runes, this script was never used thereafter.

The letters were created as a script for the Gnomish language, the only words transcribed being related to the language (ilam naŋgóldaþon).[1]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Sí Qente Feanor and Other Elvish Writings", in Parma Eldalamberon XV (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), ER4 Table of "Gnomic Letters", pp. 108-110
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