Re: Runes in "The Hobbit"

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Mon Mar 16 2009 - 04:29:37 CST

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    On 16 Mar 2009, at 08:25, Jonathan Coxhead wrote:

    > I've been trying to reproduce the various runic fragments in The
    > Hobbit using Unicode, and I have a question. As near as I can see,
    > the title of the foreword ("The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again")
    > should be encoded as
    > ᚦᛖ᛫ᚻᚩᛒᛒᛁᛏ᛬ᚩᚱ᛬ᚦᛖᚱᛖ᛫ᚪᚾᛞ᛫
    > ᛒᚪᚳᚳ᛫ᚪᚷᚪᛁᚾ


    > 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.

    That's right, he does make this distinction.

    > 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 think there might a case for a disunification, because of the status
    of Tolkien's texts and the very large number of people interested in
    those texts.

    Michael Everson *

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