243Devanagari: An Inspiration for the Tengwar?
- Jun 6, 2001When one looks at the Hindi/Sanskrit script, one sees many parallels
with the Tengwar: presentation as a phonetically based grid, not as a
linear ABC; the use of diacrtics for most vowels in a syllable; and,
the use of conjunct consonants.
It seems obvious that JRRT must have been using the Devanagari as a
model. I wonder if there is any evidence of how and when he was
exposed to the system. Was he acquainted with it before his study of
philology would have exposed him to Sanscrit? Do we know when he
started using the Tengwar(as opposed to the Cirth, inspired by the
Were there other models for other aspects of the Tengwar?
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