Cirth   Cirth

Cirth [ˈkirθ] was invented by J.R.R. Tolkien for use in his novels. It is modelled on the Anglo-Saxon Runic alphabet, and is used to write the language of the Dwarves (Khuzdul) in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in inscriptions in wood and stone. It is also used as a alternative alphabet for English.

Internal history

In Tolkein's Middle-earth the Cirth script, or Certhas Daeron, is created by an elf called Daeron, the minstrel of king Thingol of Doriath. It was later expanded and became known as Angerthas Daeron. The Dwarves adopted Cirth to write their language, Khuzdul, as its straight lines were better suited to curving in hard surfaces than the more curved Tengwar letters. Cirth was used by some men and orcs.

Notable features


A chart showing the Cirth letters and their transliteration


Sample text

Sample Cirth inscription

Translation (by Manosij Majumdar)

Balin son of Fundin Lord of Moria



Information about Cirth

Cirth Rune generator

Cirth fonts

More links to sites about Tolkien's alphabets and languages

Tolkien's alphabets and languages

Cirth | Sarati | Tengwar for Quenya | Tengwar for Sindarin | Uruk Runes | Links | Books about Tolkien's languages | Tolkien's books

Constructed scripts for: Ainu | Arabic | Chinese languages | Dutch | English | Hawaiian | Hungarian | Japanese | Korean | Lingala | Malay & Indonesian | Persian | Tagalog / Filipino | Russian | Sanskrit | Spanish | Taino | Turkish | Vietnamese | Welsh | Other natural languages | Colour-based scripts | Tactile scripts | Phonetic/universal scripts | Constructed scripts for constructed languages | Adaptations of existing alphabets | Fictional alphabets | Magical alphabets | A-Z index | How to submit a constructed script


Green Web Hosting - Kualo

Why not share this page:


Conversations - learn languages through stories

If you like this site and find it useful, you can support it by making a donation via PayPal or Patreon, or by contributing in other ways. Omniglot is how I make my living.


Note: all links on this site to, and are affiliate links. This means I earn a commission if you click on any of them and buy something. So by clicking on these links you can help to support this site.

Get a 30-day Free Trial of Amazon Prime (UK)