246Re: [elfscript] Re: Devanagari: An Inspiration for the Tengwar?
- Jun 6, 2001
> > Were there other models [than the Devanagari] for other aspects of theTengwar?
It has often been suggested that the idea of expressing vowels with
diacritical marks was based on Hebrew writing. Hebrew is a language (and
writing) which Tolkien definitely studied; he even translated the Book of
Jonah for the Jerusalem Bible.
I agree, though, that the general visual impression made by the Tengwar is
more similar to the Devanagari than it is to Hebrew (square) characters.
- Helge Fauskanger
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