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Letter 344

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Letter 344 is a letter written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.


This fragment of a letter, dated November 23, 1972, is written to a Edmund Meskys, president of the Tolkien Society of America. It deals with the use of duodecimal numeral system of the Elves. Tolkien tells briefly on the Elves and the Babylonians, and then mentions that he did devise a set of both decimal and duodecimal numbers in Fëanorian script, but that he can not find it. He only remembers that they were written with a positional system like Arabic, and started with the lowest number on the left.