339Re: New tengwar and cirth in _The Art of the Hobbit_
- Jan 8, 2012--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Mans" <at@...> wrote:
> In picture #30, the phrase "Five foot high the door [...]" is writtenin runes, but unlike in Thrór's map, the runes are actually cirth.
The text seems to contain some unusual features -- for example, the H
rune has a different shape than the one given in Appendix E of LR.
Finally a new cirth sample!
The inscription mostly agrees with DCS18 (VII:464). This is the
f-ai-v f-é-t *h-ai þ-e d-ó-r a-nd þ-r-í m-ei
The differences are in the last certh (n°13 in AppE; u+E08c) which
here clearly stands for [st], while in DCS18 is given for [ts]; and as
already noted in the first certh of the third word that seems to be
certh n°53-U+E0b8 which is not present in VII:464 (only in the "late
Noldorin use" in DCS17 for [n]). However if we look carefully the right
branch is not so bent, I wonder if it's meant to be certh n°20-U+E093
as all the inscription it's not well written but jotted (but I have no
clue for the reason why he would've started from the branch and not from
the stem). If that's the case, in DCS18 the value of that certh is the
back spriant [X(ch)] which is not so far from [h], so it's possibile
that Tolkien used that certh for the [h] sound in the cirth english mode
while writing the Hobbit and shifting it to [X] later (which is a
In the line directly below the inscription there's another crytic glyph.
It might be a combination of n°13+n°8 or n°39+the "Dwarfmode"
ampersand (U+E0DF); it remembers also the rune for QU in ER8 (PE15:120).
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