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Goblin Alphabet

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The Goblin Alphabet was used by the goblins of the North Pole.[1]

[edit] Description

Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond have noted that the Goblin alphabet is a pictographic writing system,[2] 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[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Baillie Tolkien (ed.), Letters from Father Christmas, "Dec. 23rd 1936"
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: II. Reader's Guide, p. 298
  3. Arden R. Smith, "Writing Systems", (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