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Rumil of Tirion by steamey Rumil of Tirion by steamey
 Rumil is one of the oldest known of the chroniclers, and appears already in the oldest texts. The meaning of the name is unknown, but it may be connected with the Noldorin word rum: "secret", "mystery".
Rumil was a Noldo and a sage living in Valinor in the city of Tirion. He was called the Elfsage of Valinor  and the Ancient Sage of Tirion , and wrote many documents that especially concerns Valinor. Much of the Eldarin history science seems to have been based on his works. One of his most famous works is the Ainulindalë that tells of the Music of the Ainur and usually forms the introductory part of the Quenta Silmarillion.
Rumil seems to have abandoned his profession as a sage later (considering the unlikelyness of his death in Valinor), because in the many texts he is often referred to as a long-gone loremaster. There is a work called I Equessi Rumilo ("The Sayings of Rumil") that is a collection of his thoughts from the earliest days of the Eldar in Valinor. It treats, among other things, the Valarin language. The title might imply that he reached a status similar to that of Socrates, and was surrounded with disciples that wrote down his words (like Plato's Dialogues).
Something that signifies Rumil's greatness as a chronicler is that he in the Valian Year 1179 invented an alphabet: Rumil's Tengwar, properly called the Sarati. This is the oldest known alphabet in Arda, and was the one Fëanor was inspired by when he developed Fëanor's Tengwar, which was later used by almost all peoples in Middle-earth.
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ThaliaTook Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
What I think is interesting about Rumil is that when Feanor 'bettered' his alphabet, Rumil was still alive and living in the same city.  Wonder what he thought of Feanor...
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steamey Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
This is an interesting thought!
I think that Rúmil believes Feanor is overconfident - striving for fame and honors....Ok, just kidding). Rúmil seems to me a serious scholar, one of those who dedicate their lives to some serious work. Such as Oxford professor or i don't know... But Feanor seems involved in all crafts and sciences simultaneously.It's either greed or diffused attention problem.
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Maheen-S Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mah gahd, That's awesome. =O
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oOSulimeOo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Beautiful
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steamey Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Thank you)
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oOSulimeOo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
You're welcome.
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Nerwen20 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Wonderful. :) Rúmil gets much too little attention.
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steamey Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Like many other characters in the book.
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Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
That's so beautiful. I love the serene feeling of it. Peace 
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MagnusKervalen Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Он прекрасен <3 Такой сосредоточенный, утонченный, аскетичный... Настоящий эльф-мыслитель)
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