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Angerthas Erebor

The Angwar is a cirth, or runic, alphabet.  Developed by a bard named Daeron from Doriath for the more cultured Avarin people of Ennor, it was later modified by the Dwarves for their own usage, and eventually taken for the writings of Men as well.  In all the Angwar forms for the different languages, most of the symbols themselves stay the same, but many of the character-to-sound relationships are changed.

The Angerthas Erebor is a sort of “high-Dwarvish” form of the Angwar.  Most of the letters are the same as in the Angerthas, but some are different, and some have reverted to their Cirth Daeron values.  Also, some additional diphthong-letters and three accent marks are added.


               p               zh                l                e
               b                ks                  ê
               f                k                nd                a
               v                g                s                â
               hw                kh       ’ (glottal stop)                o
               m                gh                  ó
               mb                n                nd or      ô
               t                kw               ou/ow                n
               d                gw                i                h
               th                khw                y        "e" (unstressed schwa*)
               dh                ghw                hy        "u" (stressed schwa*)
               r               ngw                u                ps
               ch                nw                ú                ts
               j                  w                +h
               sh                  û  
     ea     eu/ew      ai/ay      au/aw      oa      ll

* A schwa is a vowel sound (similar to English short u) which can be spelled with nearly any English vowel; for example the a in “about”, the e in “synthesis”, the o in “harmony”, or the u in “medium”.

              &, "and"               "the"               "or"
mark to set apart pause mark; comma or semi-colon end-of-sentence mark

end-of-paragraph mark

hyphen mark
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