Runes on the map index

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Wanton
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Runes on the map index

Post by Wanton » Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:43 pm

Looking at the runes on the maps (for the 1. Free Lands, 2. Border lands, 3. Wild lands, 4. Shadow lands, and 5. Dark lands.

If I use the Dwarven Runes I get
1. U or V (Free)
2. I can't find find, but it would be F if it had another small line. (Border)
3. X (Wild)
4. O (Shadow)
5. E (Dark)

It may say somewhere, but I have over looked it, so I was just wondering does anyone know how these runes match the lands on the map?

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Re: Runes on the map index

Post by Otaku-sempai » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:10 pm

Most of the maps should have a key on them that explain what the runes represent. Granted, that may not always be true of the snippets used to illustrate smaller areas.
"Far, far below the deepest delvings of the Dwarves, the world is gnawed by nameless things. Even Sauron knows them not. They are older than he."

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Re: Runes on the map index

Post by Wanton » Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:09 am

Sorry for the lack of clarity on my post.

I was asking if the symbols that are used in the maps are in fact Tolkien created dwarven runes?
If not, what are they?
If so, why were these runes chosen?

As examples on one map the symbol that looks a little bit like pi, but has a longer left leg than right leg, can be found to be a dwarven rune that is either a U or a V, but this represents "Free Lands", is there something I'm missing on why this was chosen. I also find (see below) that it could be an "A".

I didn't find the "k" rune above in some of places I checked, but I did find it listed here:

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But if you look on the legend of this map:

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there are five symbols for the Lands, if I have to memorized them, so be it, but I would love to learn why these "runes" were chosen.

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