by Ryszard Derdzinski
The oldest writing system of Arda was created in the Valian Year 1179 by Rúmil of Valinor. You can read about this interesting system found in the Tolkien's papers by Arden Smith in Vinyar Tengwar #37, p. 15-23. Here you can see its detailed analysis by Måns Björkman. My main task was to reconstruct the sarati mode for Quenya. Main rule of this Quenya adaptation was that the relationship between the Rúmilian modes for Qenya and English (the only mode we know, see here) is very much like the relationship between the Feanorian modes for Quenya and
|English in such things as the placement of the tehtar and the
use of b, d, g for mb, nd, ng.
Remember that it is a mere guess and
I don't claim it is the last word in this topic. Probably more Rúmilian
material will be published sooner or later, and many riddles will be
solved and explained. If you want to share your ideas concerning the
Quenya mode of Sarati Rúmilo with the other guests of Gwaith-i-Pheddain write
to me. Maybe you have an idea how to write qu and ngw?
Editoral note. The sarati printed in grey don't find use in my Quenya mode. These in blue are reconstructed. The font I have used here was devised by Måns Björkman. Download Tirion Sarati and documentation
Diacritics and special signs