Dhingion Niginair - letters of the Wise - is the alphabet
developed by Pieter Rottiers to write his conlang, Dardanian. It's characters
are loosely based on the Futhark, though they are usually written vertically,
from top to bottom and from left to right.
The alphabet is said to be designed by Thinle the Seeress herself,
though some historians find that hard to believe.
The Dhingion have known a long and dynamic evolution, mostly depending
on the ups and downs of the cultural life in Dardaniell. It started as an
adaptation of the Futhark by the Barbaroi: since this nomadic people could
only use their writing on parchment (huge slabs of stone are peculiarly
hard to drag around), they didn't need their alphabet to be as straight
and hard as the original one. The adaptation they invented could be written
with a brush of pen. It took the other people in Dardaniell a while (over
two hundred years) to discover the great improvement of the alphabet.
It took them another ten years to change the whole administrative system.
Since those days the Dhingion have been further developed by several
writers, scholars, magicians and noblemen. The variant explained here
is the one used in the second half of the fifth century, during the Golden
Age of the Eastern Kingdom.
Dhingion Niginair alphabet
In Dardanian vowels and vowel groups are written as diacritics on the
right side of the vertical guiding bar, between the two consonants that
surround them. Examples:
Diphthongs can be created by putting the first vowel to the right of the
Sample text in the Dhingion Niginair alphabet
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)