A revised attempt at reconstruction

This is an attempt to reconstruct the tengwar numeric mode seen in the
*King's Letter III* (DTS 49).
It contains tengwar for the numbers 1, 3, 4, and 6. They look
very different from the usual
tengwar numerals transcribed by Christopher Tolkien in 1981-1982 and
reproduced in *Quettar* No. 13 (1982), reprinted in
*Beyond Bree* Dec. 1984, an in *Quettar Special Publication
No. 1* 1987). It may be hypothesized that they represent a particular
"Mode of Gondor". At least the order (or "endianness")
seen in this specimen is consistent with the transcriptions of CJRT;
the least significant digit is written first.

The numerals for 6, 3, 4 and 1 look roughly as follows:

The line below is filled in with *my conjectured values*
for the other numerals, 1 - 9. The values for 2 and 5 are "interpolated"
from 1 and 3, and 4 and 6, respectively. The value for 7 is in line with
the values for 1 and 4, gleaning at the values for 1, 4 and 7 in CJRTs
transcriptions. The values for 8 and 9 are similar to the values in
CJRTs transcriptions, slightly modified to fit the pattern of 4,5 6.

Note: All these tengwar are found elsewhere. For example, 5 and 6 are also found as Valmaric letters in PE 14 p. 99, the two rightmost columns.

One particular problem remains unsolved here; the numeral for zero. Since the current canonical tengwa for zero resembles the tengwa for 1 in this specimen, no attempt to guess what a tengwa for zero should look like in this mode.