Re: Runes in "The Hobbit"

From: Julian Bradfield (
Date: Mon Mar 16 2009 - 03:35:11 CST

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    On 2009-03-16, Jonathan Coxhead <> wrote:

    > Everything matches up nicely according to the Wikipedia article on the
    > Futhorc, except that I can only find 1 rune (ᚳ) to stand for both C and
    > K. In the edition I have, it looks like Tolkien used 2 different runes:
    > the rune for K having an extra corner, like a knee, in the diagonal stroke.
    > Are these 2 different runes encoded separately in Unicode? Or is Tolkien
    > exercising artistic licence? Or is there a case for encoding a new rune
    > for K?

    I don't think Tolkien's rune with a "knee" existed in the real world -
    I'll have a look in Page when I get home.

    For coding purposes, you could probably regard it as a glyphic variant
    of the "calc" rune ᛣ (U+16E3, missing in the font I'm using!).

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