BabelStone Fonts


BabelStone Moon Runes

Description

BabelStone Moon Runes is a Unicode Runic font based on the moon runes shown on Thror's map in The Hobbit. See Moon Runes and Goblin Alphabet for more information.

This font maps Tolkien's moon runes to the appropriate Unicode Runic characters. The character coverage of the font has been extended to include all 34 runes of the fully extended Anglo-Saxon futhorc (several of which are only very rarely used), but the font does not include glyphs for any Runic letters not used in the Anglo-Saxon Runic script. Since version 1.03 the font also covers three runes devised by J. R. R. Tolkien and five cryptogrammic runes used on the Franks Casket, which were added in Unicode 7.0 (released June 2014). On Thror's map and elsewhere, Tolkien uses separate runic letters to represent English c and k, which correspond to U+16B3 RUNIC LETTER CEN and U+16F1 RUNIC LETTER K in version 1.03 and later of this font. Tolkien also uses two quite different forms of the Runic letter dæg (U+16DE RUNIC LETTER DAGAZ DAEG D) on Thror's map, but these seem to be stylistic glyph variants, and so the font contextually substitutes the more complex form for the simpler form in certain circumstances.

The font also includes three special characters with no Unicode mappings, that can only be accessed indirectly ... and only if your system allows it (should be be OK under Windows Vista and later). One of the secret characters should be easy enough to find if you understand how Unicode works, but the other two can only be invoked by means of the appropriate magic spell (simply type the magic spell and the corresponding character will appear in a puff of smoke). [Five years and 88 days after the font was first released I have revealed the magic spells below.]



Samples

BabelStone Moon Runes (24 points)

Secret Message on Thror's Map



Character Repertoire

The tables below render each character in the BabelStone Moon Runes font, either using the font installed on your local machine or using a WOFF font if the font is not installed on your local machine.


Runic [16A0..16FF]

Code Point Character Name Glyph
U+16A0 RUNIC LETTER FEHU FEOH FE F
U+16A2 RUNIC LETTER URUZ UR U
U+16A3 RUNIC LETTER YR
U+16A6 RUNIC LETTER THURISAZ THURS THORN
U+16A9 RUNIC LETTER OS O
U+16AA RUNIC LETTER AC A
U+16AB RUNIC LETTER AESC
U+16B1 RUNIC LETTER RAIDO RAD REID R
U+16B3 RUNIC LETTER CEN
U+16B7 RUNIC LETTER GEBO GYFU G
U+16B8 RUNIC LETTER GAR
U+16B9 RUNIC LETTER WUNJO WYNN W
U+16BB RUNIC LETTER HAEGL H
U+16BE RUNIC LETTER NAUDIZ NYD NAUD N
U+16C1 RUNIC LETTER ISAZ IS ISS I
U+16C4 RUNIC LETTER GER
U+16C7 RUNIC LETTER IWAZ EOH
U+16C8 RUNIC LETTER PERTHO PEORTH P
U+16C9 RUNIC LETTER ALGIZ EOLHX
U+16CB RUNIC LETTER SIGEL LONG-BRANCH-SOL S
U+16CF RUNIC LETTER TIWAZ TIR TYR T
U+16D2 RUNIC LETTER BERKANAN BEORC BJARKAN B
U+16D6 RUNIC LETTER EHWAZ EH E
U+16D7 RUNIC LETTER MANNAZ MAN M
U+16DA RUNIC LETTER LAUKAZ LAGU LOGR L
U+16DD RUNIC LETTER ING
U+16DE RUNIC LETTER DAGAZ DAEG D
U+16DF RUNIC LETTER OTHALAN ETHEL O
U+16E0 RUNIC LETTER EAR
U+16E1 RUNIC LETTER IOR
U+16E2 RUNIC LETTER CWEORTH
U+16E3 RUNIC LETTER CALC
U+16E4 RUNIC LETTER CEALC
U+16E5 RUNIC LETTER STAN
U+16EB RUNIC SINGLE PUNCTUATION
U+16EC RUNIC MULTIPLE PUNCTUATION
U+16ED RUNIC CROSS PUNCTUATION
U+16F1 RUNIC LETTER K
U+16F2 RUNIC LETTER SH
U+16F3 RUNIC LETTER OO
U+16F4 RUNIC LETTER FRANKS CASKET OS
U+16F5 RUNIC LETTER FRANKS CASKET IS
U+16F6 RUNIC LETTER FRANKS CASKET EH
U+16F7 RUNIC LETTER FRANKS CASKET AC
U+16F8 RUNIC LETTER FRANKS CASKET AESC

General Punctuation [2000..206F]

Code Point Character Name Glyph
U+200B ZERO WIDTH SPACE
U+200C ZERO WIDTH NON-JOINER
U+200D ZERO WIDTH JOINER

Combining Diacritical Marks for Symbols [20D0..20FF]

Code Point Character Name Glyph
U+20DE COMBINING ENCLOSING SQUARE ‍⃞
<U+16A6 U+20DE> COMBINING ENCLOSING SQUARE ᚦ⃞

Magic Spells

Magic spells may not work in your browser (do not seem to work in IE 11 or Chrome 33, but do work in Firefox 26), but should work in Microsoft Office and most other Unicode-aware applications.


Code Point Character Name Glyph
<U+16CB U+16D7 U+16AA U+16A2 U+16B7> SMAUG ᛋᛗᚪᚢᚷ
<U+16B9 U+16A3 U+16B1 U+16D7> WYRM ᚹᚣᚱᛗ


OpenType Features

[VOLT project file]


Script Language Features Explanation
Runic <runr> Default <dflt> Glyph Composition Decomposition <ccmp> Contextual glyph forms and Easter eggs


Version History

Font Version Date Notes
BabelStone Moon Runes 1.00 2009-01-01 Initial release
1.01 2010-01-01
1.02 2013-11-06 Licensed under SIL Open Font License 1.1
1.03 2014-03-29 Added three runes devised by J. R. R. Tolkien (U+16F1 ... U+16F3) and five cryptogrammic runes used on the Franks Casket (U+16F4 ... U+16F8) which were added in Unicode 7.0


Download

BabelStone Moon Runes is licensed under the SIL Open Font License 1.1, which means you are free to use it for personal or commercial purposes, and to redistribute it by itself or as part of a free or commercial software package, just as long as you do not sell the font on its own. The license also allows you to modify the font in any way you like, as long as the modified font does not use "BabelStone" in its name. Please read the license for details.




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