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Sarati Sarati alphabet

J.R.R. Tolkien created many languages throughout his life. He wrote in one of his letters that the tales of Middle-earth (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarilion) grew from these languages, rather than the languages being created for use in the stories.

Tolkien also created a number of different alphabets to write his languages - the Sarati alphabet only appears in a small number of inscriptions in the tales of Middle-earth.

Notable features

  • Written from left to right in vertical columns.
  • Vowel diacritics are written to left or right of the consonant letter - if they appear on the left, they come before the consonant, if they appear on the right, they come after the consonant. If they appear at the beginning of a word they are written with a special vowel holder.

Sarati alphabet

Consonants

Sarati consonants

Vowel diacritics

Sarati vowel diacritics

Sample text

Sample text in the Sarati alphabet

Source: http://at.mansbjorkman.net/sarati.htm

Links

Information about Sarati (includes a free font)
http://at.mansbjorkman.net/sarati.htm

Information on how Sarati can be used to write Quenya
http://www.elvish.org/gwaith/sarati.htm

Tolkien's Middle-earth alphabets, by Dan Smith
http://ring-lord.tripod.com/alpha.html

Hebrew modes for Sarati, by Yehuda Ronen
http://my.ort.org.il/tolkien/gandalf/ps/sarati.ps.gz

Sarati typewriter, by Ethan Deneault
http://www.steelangel.com/Sarati/SaratiMacros_v1.zip

Tolkien's alphabets and languages

Cirth | Sarati | Tengwar, Quenya & Sindarin) | Uruk Runes | Tolkien-related links | Books about Tolkien's invented languages | Tolkien's books in various languages

Fictional alphabets

Ancients' Alphabet, Ath, Atlantean, Aurek-Besh, Cirth, Daedric, D'ni, Dragon Runes, Futurama Alien Alphabet, Gargish, Gnommish, Golic Vulcan, Halo Covenant alphabet, Hylian syllabary (Old), Hylian syllabary (Modern), Hylian alphabet, Klingon, Kryptonian, Marain, Matoran, Romulan, Sarati, Standard Galactic Alphabet, Tsolyáni (Tékumel), Tenctonese, Tengwar, Utopian, Visitor, Zentlardy


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