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Runes

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"Whatever are runes? "
Bilbo Baggins, Rankin/Bass' The Hobbit

Runes was a system of writing based on angular shapes that could easily be carved into wood or stone. Originated 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.