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Angerthas Daeron

The later Runes of the Elves

The original Runes, or Cirth, were invented by Daeron, the great loremaster of Doriath in Beleriand. His original system was known as the Certhas Daeron, designed specifically to represent the sounds of the Sindarin language. The Runes seem to have been little appreciated by the Sindar of Doriath, but visiting Dwarves esteemed Daeron's work more highly.

The assignment of sounds in the original Certhas Daeron was relatively arbitrary, and later developments extended the Runes to the more sophisticated form known as the Angerthas Daeron. Tradition said that these further developments were the work of Daeron himself, but more likely they were devised by loremasters in Eregion during the Second Age. The association between Eregion and the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm explains how the Dwarves were able to incorporate the Angerthas Daeron into their Runes, going on to develop further systems of their own such as the Angerthas Moria.


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