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Fëanor improves the written alphabet of Rúmil

Event Type: Cultural/Social

Age: Time of the Trees

Year: 1250

Description:

In this time [1250] began the flowering of the skill of Fëanor son of Finwë, who was of all the Noldor the greatest maker and craftsman. And he took thought and devised new letters, bettering the devices of Rúmil, and those letters the Eldar have used ever since that day.

Morgoth's Ring, HoME Vol 10, Part 2, The Annals of Aman

In his youth..., [Fëanor] devised those letters which bear his name....

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 6, Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor

The Tengwar were... ancient; for they had been developed by the Noldor, the kindred of the Eldar most skilled in such matters, long before their exile. The oldest Eldarin letters, the Tengwar of Rúmil, were not used in Middle-earth. The later letters, the Tengwar of Fëanor, were largely a new invention, though they owed something to the letters of Rúmil. They were brought to Middle-earth by the exiled Noldor, and so became known to the Edain and Númenóreans. In the Third Age their use had spread over much the same area as that in which the Common Speech was known.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix E, Writing and Spelling: Writing

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 14Mar08

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