zireael07 (zireael07) wrote in linguaphiles,

Old English

My gut tells me the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) letters and the Old Norse, and therefore modern Scandinavian letters are related. I'm talking mostly about wynn, ash, ethel (i.e. the letters that are now obsolete).
Wikipedia tells me something about Anglo-Saxon runic alphabet but I'm not too inclined to dig through a pile of Wikipedia articles to discover the exact relationship.

Oh, on the topic of runes (which I think will come up) - were Tolkien's runes based on Old English runic alphabet?

I haven't started the Old English at my uni, but I think I'll pick the course on it next semester.
Tags: germanic, old english, writing, writing systems

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