Inventing an Alphabet, Real or Pretend ; It Seems like an Obvious Idea, but It Took 1,000 Years to Occur to Anyone
Turner, Pamela S., The Christian Science Monitor
"Dear Hugh," began Ronald's note. "This is just to wish you a happy Christmas." There was nothing special about the message - except that it was written first in a dwarf alphabet, and then in an Elvish one.
As a boy, Ronald loved words. As a teen, he made up a language and wrote it with an alphabet he invented. Even after he became an English professor, Ronald went on inventing. But what good is a language no one writes or speaks? To create a world where his languages would be spoken and written, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien wrote famous fantasy books: "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."
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Publication information: Article title: Inventing an Alphabet, Real or Pretend ; It Seems like an Obvious Idea, but It Took 1,000 Years to Occur to Anyone. Contributors: Turner, Pamela S. - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: November 27, 2001. Page number: 22. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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