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[[Image:Dwarfrunes.JPEG|thumb|The Anglo-Saxon runes as used in ''[[The Hobbit]]'']]
 
'''Runes''' was a system of writing based on angular shapes that could easily be carved into wood or stone. Originated and used mainly by northern tribes of Europe such as Anglo-Saxon and the Norse. One theory says that Runes evolved from Etruscan writing, however other quasi-runic scripts in other parts of the world (Rovasziras and Orkhon Script) exist.
 
'''Runes''' was a system of writing based on angular shapes that could easily be carved into wood or stone. Originated and used mainly by northern tribes of Europe such as Anglo-Saxon and the Norse. One theory says that Runes evolved from Etruscan writing, however other quasi-runic scripts in other parts of the world (Rovasziras and Orkhon Script) exist.
  
[[Tolkien]] used both [[Old English]] runes to display the writing of the [[Dwarves]] in ''[[The Hobbit]]'' and the [[Thrór's Map]]. The texts of course are modern English, to display the use of [[Westron]] of [[Third Age]].
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[[Tolkien]] used both [[Old English]] runes to display the writing of the [[Dwarves]] in ''[[The Hobbit]]'' and the [[Thrór's Map]], although his Dwarves were based mainly on Norse. The texts of course are modern English, to display the use of [[Westron]] of [[Third Age]].
  
 
In the history of [[Arda]], Runes were called [[Cirth]] and were invented by [[Daeron]] of [[Doriath]] to represent [[Sindarin]] words. Runes came to be used widely by races other than the [[Elves]], and especially by the [[Dwarves]].
 
In the history of [[Arda]], Runes were called [[Cirth]] and were invented by [[Daeron]] of [[Doriath]] to represent [[Sindarin]] words. Runes came to be used widely by races other than the [[Elves]], and especially by the [[Dwarves]].
  
 
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"Whatever are runes? "
Bilbo Baggins, Rankin/Bass' The Hobbit
The Anglo-Saxon runes as used in The Hobbit

Runes was a system of writing based on angular shapes that could easily be carved into wood or stone. Originated and used mainly by northern tribes of Europe such as Anglo-Saxon and the Norse. One theory says that Runes evolved from Etruscan writing, however other quasi-runic scripts in other parts of the world (Rovasziras and Orkhon Script) exist.

Tolkien used both Old English runes to display the writing of the Dwarves in The Hobbit and the Thrór's Map, although his Dwarves were based mainly on Norse. The texts of course are modern English, to display the use of Westron of Third Age.

In the history of Arda, Runes were called Cirth and were invented by Daeron of Doriath to represent Sindarin words. Runes came to be used widely by races other than the Elves, and especially by the Dwarves.