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Moria gate inscription, preparatory version
Gnomish & Noldorin

Ennyn Đurin aran Vória:
The doors of Durin, lord of Moria:
pedo mellon a minno.
say “friend” and enter.

Im Narvi hain echant:
I, Narvi, made them:
Celebrimbor o Eregion teithant i·ndíw thin.
Celebrimbor of hollin drew these signs.

This early version of the inscription differs from the final stage mainly by differences in grammatical mutation of initial consonants: Tolkien revised the rules when turning Noldorin to Sindarin.

The text is transcribed in Elvish runes or cirth according to Tolkien’s given valuation in the Angerthas Daeron. We made use of Daniel Steven Smith’s typeface Cirth Erebor.  Open this mode in Glaemscribe

Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel. The Treason of Isengard: The History of The Lord of the Rings, part two. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. London: HarperCollins, 2002. 504 p. (The History of Middle-earth; VII). ISBN 0-261-10220-6.
Hammond, Wayne G & Scull, Christina. J. R. R. Tolkien – Artist and Illustrator. London: HarperCollins, 2004. 207 p. ISBN 0-261-10322-9.

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