What is the translation of what's written below?

I think it may be the poem of the One Ring, but I'm not sure.

Angerthas script from Lord of the Rings


The Lord of the Rings translated from the Red Book

This is followed by the tengwar script at the bottom of the page

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which transliterates to:

of Westmarch by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien; herein is set forth the history of the War of the Ring and the Return of the King as seen by the Hobbits

according to one user on the Tolkien forum.

I personally transliterated the Cirth using the guide in Appendix E in the Return of the King.

The translation process.

Using the table from Appendix E, I got the following rune numbers for the runes:

11, 55, 31, 50, 12, 9, 50, 4, 11, 55, 12, 39, 36(37), 35, 8, 12, 48, 22, 35, 31, 8, 9, 3, 12, 50, 6, 11, 55, 12, 46, 9, 2, 51, 18

dh, *, l, o, r, d, o, v, dh, *, r, i, n (ng*), s, t, r, a, n, s, l, t, d, f, r, o, m ,dh, *, r, e, d, b, ó, k

Which with some imagination and reading of the surrounding texts of Appendix E breaks up nicely into:

dh* lord ov dh* rins transltd from dh* red bók

since dh is the hard th sound in "the" (as opposed to the soft in "thin"), and the v the hard f in "of" (as opposed to say "flour", and finally the ó is the long o in "book" (as opposed to the short in "stock"). With that we can see that it should say:

The Lord of the Rings translated from the Red Book

  • I tried translating using the Appendix E, but they couldn't be read and understood(random Gibberish)
    – Mr. Edge
    Jun 26 '18 at 7:06
  • Hmm, I've gotten rid of my working but I can provide it below if you'd like.
    – Edlothiad
    Jun 26 '18 at 7:12
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    Worth noting that 55 and 56 were used by the Dwarves for the two (weak) vowels in butter, explaining the * for "the". Also, just as a point of interest, a raised dot is used as a word separator, although it's hard to see in some places unless you know it is supposed to be there.
    – chepner
    Jun 29 '18 at 16:24
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    Several runes are described has having separate values in the older Angerthas and the Angerthas Moria. Number 36 in particular, should be read using its later value ŋ. (Even later, apparently, a new rune 37 was created for ng, leaving 36 to be used as n.)
    – chepner
    Jun 29 '18 at 16:31
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    It's in the last 2 paragraphs of Appendix E.
    – chepner
    Jun 29 '18 at 18:18

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