So there we are, finishing Temple of Elemental Evil, again, when I note the scroll that is the real end of the quest. “Huh”, thinks I, “I wonder if that is supposed to really mean something?”.
Because it looks like it does. Specifically, it looks like Tolkien runes. Elf runes or dwarf runes or something similar. If I am remembering correctly, Tolkien (who was a renowned linguist before anyone ever heard of Frodo Baggins) created several languages specifically for his books. And some of them looked an awful lot like this scroll. Not to mention that Turbine also runs Lord of the Rings Online and has been known to share art and code between its two properties.
Before we delve too deeply into this subject, recall that the scroll is supposed to be a source of immense power, and not necessarily of the good kind. If you should figure it out, maybe it would be wisest if you don’t actually pronounce it out loud?
The top of the scroll is the easiest to read, and seems like a logical starting point. But we’re going to need Tolkien’s runes too. Fear not, astute and clever readers, I shall present them forthwith:
We are clearly on to something. But what? Some of the letters map quite clearly, but others not at all. I am able to make out:
_ o ch j g gw _ n-r _ nd/nj j nj-z
Huh. Well that is not particularly enlightening. At the very least we need to buy a vowel for that third word. Maybe the lower script translates more cleanly?
Harder to read, fuzzier and poorly focused, yet …
gw ch _ _
Meh. Four letters in and I am already mapping only half. Clearly, not Tolkien’s cirth runes. Or at least not the version that Wikipedia contains. Maybe they are some other kind of runes? Tolkien based his work on historic Anglo-Saxon runes. Maybe it would benefit us to do the same:
Still not a great match for the first letter in the top script. Maybe a?
a e _ y f o? j t p m y _
Now I am starting to doubt my original hypothesis. No words begin ” tpm”. Unless it is both runic and an anagram? That would be doubly evil, but then evil is the point of the whole temple isn’t it?
But I am starting to lean towards meaning gibberish. In any case, I have reached my time and interest limits for rune-sleuthing. But I hope to encourage someone who is better at this than I to pick up the chase.
Someone out there can do this, I know it!
🙂 😀 🙂