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Lived during the Years of the Trees; presumably still extant1
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  • Updated 15 May 2011
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Rúmil

The legendary inventor of writing

An Elven loremaster, the inventor of written letters. His invention was later bettered by Fëanor, but Rúmil remains famous as the originator of writing.


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We have little biographical information about Rúmil. What there is belongs to an older tradition, and represents opposing narrative structures. At one point it's suggested that he joined the rebellion of the Noldor, returned to Middle-earth, and was captured by Morgoth before ultimately escaping and later returning into the West. Later versions deny this, implying that he was one of the Noldor who chose to remain in Aman. Both versions of Rúmil's story date to an early phase of Tolkien's work, and it's unclear whether either was intended to stand in the later Silmarillion.

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