Tool to discover and translate Tolkien's goblin alphabet, a writing system used in his letters from Santa Claus and representing humanoid characters.
Goblin Tolkien Alphabet - dCode
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Tolkien's Goblin Alphabet is a writing system invented by J.R.R. Tolkien as part of his Letters from Santa Claus. It was used to write letters and messages as part of his stories for his children in the 1930s.
The letter is written vertically in 9 columns by 15 lines (it is read from top to bottom and from left to right), it translates:
So I WISH YOU AL(L) A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A SPLENDID NEW YEAR WITH LOTS OF FUN AND GOOD LUCK AT SCHOOL. YOU ARE GETTING SO CLEVER NOW WHAT WITH LATIN AND FRENCH AND GREEK THAT YOU WIL(L) EASILY READ THIS AND SEE MUCH LOVE FROM P
It also contains a small message of 17 symbols which resembles the truncated end of the letter, this time written horizontally which translates: LOVE FROM POLAR BEAR
To encode a message using the Goblin Alphabet, replace each letter of the Latin alphabet with the corresponding character of the Goblin alphabet. Here are the 26 goblin symbols for the 26 letters of the English alphabet:
The alphabet also includes several sets of goblin characters corresponding to groups of 2 or more letters.
First there are the useful bigrams in English: CK, NG, GH, SH, TH, TH, WH, etc.
Tolkien's Goblin Alphabet is recognizable by its humanoid/goblinoid characters (goblin-type characters) with triangular, round or square heads.
All references to goblins, JRR Tolkien and the worlds of his books are clues.
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