- I know from experiance that most that I know of scripts on Earth started
out as pictures scratched, then drawn, and then penned.
Going from showing things, then concepts, and then sounds (men for
example), then syllyble and often as well going to sounds (s,th and like).
Rumils letters were the sound form or the syllyble form. With no
previous state. I know the Vala/Maia are telepaths or like, so they did
not need written letters as much as we do. But they still needed I
expect, atleast for the Elves, a more permenant way to remember things.
But they seem to have gone directly from pictures to letters for sounds.
And the letters are two well developed. If you were to see ancient
Attican Greek, you would not think it was the ancestor of modern Roman
characters, but it is. Going further back, you would not think Phonecian
or related script was the ancestor of Aramaic/Hebrew characters, as
well as Arabic, and Roman and Greek/Cyrillic. But it is.. So for all we
have mostly seen is what is put on monuments and like. Not sure of the
lineasge is based on Cuniforms (which stared as scratch pictures, but
later was formed into wedges (cuniform=wedged form)).
Sorry, just Professor Tolkien was not a Paleographer (one who studies
ancient writing system.) Me I am an amatuer at it.
True, a script could be done full form, see Cree/Inuit Syllybary.
- Michael Adams teithant:
>I know from experiance that most that I know ofscripts
>on Earth started out as pictures scratched, thendrawn,
>and then penned.sounds
>Going from showing things, then concepts, and then
>(men for example), then syllyble and often as wellgoing
>to sounds (s,th and like).All scripts on Earth are (at least most probably)
invented by human, by mortal human. I think, one of
several good reasons why to have a writing is to
preserve knowledge from disappearing when the one who
knows, dies. But Elves are immortal. So wouldn't they
have other reasons to develop a writing than humans
had? Perhaps they invented their writing because the
noldor, who wanted to know everything, had gotten to a
deep knowledge of the sounds of the language they
loved and then a genious noldor artist found a
beautiful way to draw that knowledge - and by the way
he invented the first writing system.
This is very speculative, but I think we mustn't
compare Elvish knowlege to human.
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