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Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond have noted that the Goblin alphabet is a pictographic writing system, conveying its meaning through its pictorial similarity to objects. Arden R. Smith has commented that the Goblin alphabet is:
quite different from Tolkien’s other invented alphabets. Supposedly based on goblin cave-drawings, it consists mainly of humanoid stick figures. It is essentially alphabetic, but contains a number of characters representing diphthongs and common consonant combinations.
—Arden R. Smith
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Baillie Tolkien (ed.), Letters from Father Christmas, "Dec. 23rd 1936"
- ↑ Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: II. Reader's Guide, p. 298
- ↑ Arden R. Smith, "Writing Systems", tolkienestate.com (accessed 27 December 2016)
|The world of the Letters from Father Christmas|
|Main characters:||Father Christmas · North Polar Bear · Ilbereth|
|Other characters:|| Mr Cave Bear · Green Brother · Grandfather Yule|
Man in the Moon · Paksu & Valkotukka · Snow Man
|Races & Peoples:||Goblins · Green elves · Red Elves · Snow-elves · Snowmen|
|Other concepts:||Arktik · Goblin Alphabet · Windbeam|