Name the language

Here’s a text in a mystery language and alphabet. Any ideas which language or alphabet it is?

Text in mystery language and alphabet

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10 Responses to Name the language

  1. Nikki says:

    The alphabet is runes/Futhark, so I’m guessing the language is some old form of a Germanic language.

  2. Nikki says:

    Hah, after transcribing it, it’s apparently Black Speech.

  3. It looks like Runic. Don’t know the language though.

  4. Yeah, as Nikki said, it looks like Black Speech.

    It reads

    Ah nok durbatuluk
    Ah nok thinbatul
    Ah nok dratuluk
    Ak burum ih krimbatul

    Which is really similar to the inscriptians in the ring, that read

    Ash nazg durbatulûk
    Ash nazg gimbatul
    Ash nazg thrakatulûk
    Agh burzum-ishi krimpatul

    That translates into

    One Ring to rule them all
    One Ring to find them
    One Ring to bring them all
    And in the darkness bind them

  5. To my sons (dartril & shortiye) and I these look like runes we associate with old Norse.

  6. jake says:

    Definitely Futhark Runes and i think that Delgado is right.

  7. Simon says:

    The alphabet is Uruk Runes and language is Black Speech, both of which were invented by J.R.R. Tolkien. Alessandro’s translation of the text is correct but I think the transliteration should be:

    Ash nok durbatuluk
    Ash nok ginbatul
    Ash nok dratuluk
    Ak burum ishi krimbatul

  8. As usual, you are a hundred percent right. I transliterated using the Futharc Runes, and not the Uruk Runes.

    Matter of fact, I didn’t even know that J.R.R. Tolkien had created runes apart from the Cirth.

  9. Anahí says:

    It’s a runic alphabet. So, a celtic alphabet too.

  10. brianna says:

    its a ruinic alphabet, i know how to write it. It is also the language of mordor, or Black Speech, which i have also mastered.

    ah nok durbatuluk
    ah nok thinbatul
    ak nok dratuluk
    akburum ih krimbatul

    one ring to rule them all,
    one ring to bind them.
    one ring to bring them all,
    and in the darkness, bind them.

    im a LOTR freak and read and write elvish. (and im only 10 yrs old)