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Litterae Ignotae Font by WurdBendur Litterae Ignotae Font by WurdBendur
"A Lingua Ignota (Latin for "unknown language") was described by the 12th century abbess of Rupertsberg, Hildegard of Bingen, who apparently used it for mystical purposes. To write it, she used an alphabet of 23 letters, the litterae ignotae."

This font contains those letters, including automatic ligatures for turning "et" into "&" (which just looks like those two letters attached) and a ligature for "est". The only punctuation I found with this script was the period, but I know that others were used, or at least will be useful now, so the comma and question mark are my own invention.

The preview reads:
"O orzchis Ecclesia, armis divinis praecincta, et hyacinto ornata, tu es caldemia stigmatum loifolum et urbs scienciarum. O, o tu es etiam crizanta in alto sono, et es chorzta gemma."

The words in italic are not all identified, but the others are Latin and easily translated. The full translation may go something like this:
"O measureless Church, / girded with divine arms / and adorned with jacinth, / you are the fragrance of the wounds of nations / and the city of sciences. / O, o, and you are anointed / amid noble sound, / and you are a sparkling gem."
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ad-referendum Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
... awesome.
Daeamor Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I'm in love with this alphabet
vcfgr Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Great work! How long did it take to make this one? It looks like a lot went into it.
WurdBendur Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Thanks. :) Actually it was really quick and took almost no work on my part. Maybe at most half an hour in total. I found an alphabet key, which I simply autotraced in Inkscape, and then I imported the resulting file into FontForge, where I turned it into a font and made sure everything was more or less aligned. I actually put less effort into that than I should have, and it shows. Most of the actual work was designing the question mark that was missing, and making the paper background for the preview. And that's pretty rough.
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