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Thrór’s map inscription
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Noldorin
Cirth

sz2z@`8zla`2Rc@@`l`c@@b@
Lheben teil brann i annon
Five feet high the door
cR`@zaz!`@zaz!l`rcR`rb9Rz4P
ar neledh neledhi gar godrebh.
and three may walk abreast.

Commentary
Page 92 of Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull’s book J. R. R. Tolkien – Artist and Illustrator is found a draft of Thrór’s map for The Hobbit with a Noldorin phrase, discussed in note p. 150. It is quite easy to understand, since the meaning of most words is known or easy to deduct; and then it clearly appears that it is a version of the sentence written in runes that gives the secret of the map. The translation found here is taken from the first chapter of The Hobbit, where Gandalf interprets the runic inscription.

The text is transcribed in Elvish runes or cirth according to Tolkien’s given valuation in the Angerthas Daeron. We made use of Daniel Steven Smith’s typeface Cirth Erebor.

References
Hammond, Wayne G & Scull, Christina. J. R. R. Tolkien – Artist and Illustrator. London: HarperCollins, 2004. 207 p. ISBN 0-261-10322-9.
Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel. The Hobbit or There and Back Again. London: HarperCollins, 1999. 310 p. ISBN 0-261-10221-4.

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