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Dates
Devised in Valinor during the Years of the Trees1
Origins
An improvement by Fëanor on a writing system originally devised by Rúmil
Pronunciation
feya'noree-an
Meaning
From Fëanor, 'Spirit of Fire', the name of the script's inventor
Other names
The predominant form of the writing system variously known as Elf-letters, Tengwar or Tîw

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Fëanorian

The script known as the Tengwar

Tengwar of Rúmil
Fëanorian Tengwar

Fëanor's Tengwar were largely of his own invention, but were inspired, at least to some extent, by the work of Rúmil.

A name used of the Elvish script, as seen for example on the frontispiece of The Lord of the Rings, which was devised by Fëanor himself. These characters are also, and more usually, known as the Tengwar.


Notes

1

According to the The Annals of Aman (in volume 10 of The History of Middle-earth), Fëanor created his system of writing in the Valian Year 1250 of the Trees. In solar years, that works out as about 2,400 years before the first rising of the Sun. The writing system of Rúmil, which Fëanor used as the basis of his improved script, had been in existing for about 680 (solar) years at that time.

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