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The History of Middle-earth (chibi version) - Part 112: Easy as ABC

27th March 2014 (17:40)

Last Sindar cartoon for a while!

The books say that while the Sindar of Doriath invented this runic alphabet, they didn't use it much except for a few inscriptions and monuments. The Dwarves, however, adopted it and used it so much that by the time of Lord of the Rings most people in Middle-earth assumed runes were a Dwarven invention. The reason why the Elves didn't see much use for writing, though  - as expressed here by Lúthien - is my own assumption.

For the record, the Noldor over in Valinor are also inventing their own alphabet around this time, in a separate and unconnected action. We'll come to that later.


Part 112: Easy as ABC



Next time: Part 113: Changing places

Chibis by tektek.org
Original story by and copyright to J R R Tolkien, ed. C Tolkien: Primarily based on the Silmarillion, but incorporating ideas from the 12-volume History of Middle Earth series.
Questions and comments welcome!

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Posted by: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Posted at: 27th March 2014 20:07 (UTC)

I guess he was born to rune.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 27th March 2014 20:57 (UTC)

I've implemented a new remote app on my journal that makes people's keyboards explode if they use them to type a bad pun. Be warned!!!
:)

Posted by: erimthar (erimthar)
Posted at: 28th March 2014 03:48 (UTC)

Since (as the dwarf mentions in this comic) the dwarves had many more uses for writing than the elves, and since the runes were all made of chisel-friendly straight lines, I suspect Daeron stole his alphabet from the dwarves and took credit for it! And Tolkien, eldarcentrist that he is, continued the cover-up. Shame!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 28th March 2014 09:45 (UTC)

You might be right, at that!

I understand Tolkien's original concept was that 'The Silmarillion' was written by an Elf of Gondolin as a compilation of older poems, histories and oral accounts he'd gathered together - since by that time, Elves had finally realised that 'We're immortal' doesn't count for much when Morgoth is on the loose. So the book is inherently, by concept, biased and from unreliable sources.

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