Year 1020 of the First Age

Still struggling with the loss of the First Tongue, Elifaen writing further develops and takes the form of a phonetic runic script. Parthais declares it the "New Writing," and orders that all scribes be instructed in it and all chronicles be recorded using it. The speech of this writing would later be called the Ancient Tongue and is sometimes confused with the First Tongue. The Ancient Tongue would continue to develop. As it mixes and blends with other dialects, it would later form the basis of the Common Speech that would become prevalent in the east and the language of trade throughout the Realms.

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