March 27th, 2014


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

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
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!