The 16th issue of _Parma Eldalamberon_ is a very welcome Christmas gift
indeed. Lots of thanks to the editors for their unfailing work!
In the first part of the "Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets", which I have just
finished to read, it is very interesting to see how the characters of
Tolkien's invented scripts progressively evolved from the Valmaric-like
to the Tengwar-like, and how the most part of these intermediate scripts
were not just "drafts", but developed complete systems with probably
some mythological background and in cases intended to coexist, as
suggested by that kind of "Roseta Stone" which PF15 is (p. 48), with
samples in _Banyaric_, _Sinyatic_ and _Noriac_ scripts of the same rhyme.
This being said, I would like to note a striking detail in the consonant
table describing the _Noriac_ script (PF12a, PE16:40). There, the _d_ is
represented by the same short stem and single closed bow (like the
tengwa _vala_) assigned to _b_ on its left. However, both the pattern of
the table and the examples at other pages (_diu_ - for English _due_ -
at p. 41, _raised_ at p. 42 and the Noriac sample at p. 48), clearly
show that a character with an open bow (like the tengwa _óre_) was
intended instead. That item in the table of PF12a should be, therefore,
just a slip. Nevertheless, if it were an authorial slip, this has not
been marked by Arden, so perhaps the editors would be so kind to clarify
whether this was the case.
Best regards, and happy new year!
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