In the movie Snow White and the Huntsman, the magic mirror that the evil queen Rowena uses has inscriptions on the edge whose characters looked the same as the ones used by the dwarves in Tolkien's the Hobbit.

I tried looking for an image to post here but couldn't find any good one :(

Does anyone know if it was indeed the dwarf runes? I recognized the letters 'D' and 'A' in the inscriptions. If it is indeed the dwarf runes, what was the inscription?

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Tolkien’s Dwarvish runes in the Hobbit are based on Norse & Old English runes—at least in concept; the fictional shapes have their own system and do not correspond to the historical ones.

The runes in the Snow White movie will be the Norse/Old English ones. Depending on how much research went into that detail, the rune text may say something about the (fictional) history of the mirror, or the runes may be randomly chosen for their looks. But they will not have any connection to Tolkien’s creations.

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    Specifically, The Hobbit uses Anglo-Saxon runes (pic), while The Lord of the Rings uses Cirth, a variant devised by Tolkien. – jwodder Oct 3 '12 at 19:53

I believe that in The Huntsman: Winters War Frey reads the inscription around the mirror. The fragments I've seen suggest that the full inscription is what she says just before she summons Ravenna, namely:

"The age can be wicked to those who walk alone. When I look into the Mirror, I see myself as I might become."

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  • Do you have a source for this? – Adamant Nov 5 '16 at 1:35

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