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Iglishmêk was a Dwarvish language of silent gesture-signs.[1][2]


Magnus Åberg theorizes that the word is composed of *'igal *"language" (as in aglâb) and *shimak *"gesture".[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar", p. 395
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "From Quendi and Eldar, Appendix D" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 39, July 1998, p. 5
  3. An analysis of Dwarvish in Mellonath Daeron webpage.

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