The Germanic runic alphabet has been found inscribed on standing stones, swords, rings and cups from as early as 200 BC and was probably in use long before that time. This beautiful lettering can be found in the books written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien was an Oxford professor and philologist. He was fluent in many languages and created alphabets for the languages he invented for his books about Middle-earth. Tolkien uses Anglo-Saxon runes in The Hobbit as they were originally used by the ancient people of Europe and Scandinavia. Learn more about J.R.R. Tolkien and runes on the Tolkien Society web site, www.tolkiensociety.org; and of course you will find the classic bestselling book on the shelves at the library if they are not checked out.
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