Rúmil (elf of Tirion)
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|"Rúmil" by Steamey|
|Other names||"Elf-sage of Valinor"|
|Language||Common Eldarin, Valarin, Quenya and Telerin|
|Birth||Before Y.T. 1250 |
|Notable for||Sarati; see Works|
|Gallery||Images of Rúmil|
Rúmil was notable for inventing writing. His alphabet was called Sarati, as each letter was called a sarat. This alphabet was later expanded and perfected by Fëanor as the Tengwar. He was also a skilled linguist, and when the Teleri finally arrived in Valinor he was first to discover just how the Telerin language differed from Common Eldarin compared to Quenya.
It is assumed that Rúmil was one of the Noldor who refused the summons of Fëanor, because he stopped writing his part of Annals of Valinor with the return to Valinor of those Noldor, led by Finarfin..
Other versions of the legendarium
In The Book of Lost Tales, Rúmil is the old door-ward of the Cottage of Lost Play. Eriol meets him in a garden and with Littleheart they tell him about the Elves and their tongues. Seeing that they have great knowledge, Eriol asks them about the Valar. Rúmil explains him about Ilúvatar, naming the Music of the Ainur, and Eriol begs him to know more about it; this is the antecedent for Rúmil's Ainulindalë.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Two: Valinor and Middle-earth before The Lord of the Rings, II. The Later Annals of Valinor"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), pp. 51, 54
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "II. The Music of the Ainur", Link between The Cottage of Lost Play and The Music of the Ainur