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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.
Angerthas is the Angwar form used by Men and most Dwarves.
Some runs of letters are notably the same as in the parent Cirth, but
others are quite different.
* 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”.
Note: Numerals are Dwarvish only; the race of Men has a different set which are not described.