Runes and the English letter values assigned to them by Tolkien, used in several of his original illustrations and designs for The Hobbit. << My friend taught me this alphabet a bit. I was fun to write to each other!
The Anglo Saxons spoke Germanic languages and were not very good at reading and writing. Instead They used symbols called runes. Whereas the Britains who were pushed westward understood the Roman language of Latin and could read and write.