Rovas Culture

What is Rovas Script?

๎€‚๐ฒ˜๐ณ ๐ณ€ ๐ณข๐ณ›๐ณฎ๐ณ๐ณค๐ณ‘๐ณข๐ณ๐ณค

Szekely Hungarian Rovas is a writing system that is still in use today among Hungarian speaking population worldwide thanks to the Szekely nation that played a major role preserving this cultural heritage throughout the centuries. This script is originated and evolved from the Steppean and Proto-Rovas Families that were being used by various nations and tribes in Eastern Europe and Minor Asia.

The name “Rovas” means carving (mainly on materials like wood but also on stone and metal). It also means taking notes. There is also another term, “Old Hungarian” in use for this script that may not be appropriate as it supposed to refer to something that is extinct which is definitely not the case here. Read on to find out why.

๐ฒ€ ๐ณฅ๐ณ‹๐ณ“๐ณ‰๐ณ— ๐ณ˜๐ณ€๐ณŽ๐ณ€๐ณข ๐ณข๐ณ›๐ณฎ๐ณ๐ณค๐ณ‘๐ณข๐ณ๐ณค ๐ณ‰๐ณŽ ๐ณ‘๐ณข๐ณ๐ณค๐ณข๐ณ‰๐ณ™๐ณ‡๐ณค๐ณฅ๐ณ‰๐ณข ๐ณ€๐ณ˜๐ณ ๐ณ™๐ณ€๐ณ ๐ณ’๐ณ€๐ณ๐ณ™๐ณ“๐ณ‚๐ณ€๐ณ™ ๐ณ๐ณค ๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณฅ๐ณ™๐ณ๐ณ–๐ณ€๐ณฆ๐ณ‚๐ณ€๐ณ™ ๐ณฎ๐ณ€๐ณ™. ๐ฒ“๐ณž๐ณฅ๐ณž๐ณ™๐ณ๐ณ‰๐ณฆ๐ณŸ ๐ณ˜๐ณ๐ณ™๐ณ‡๐ณ‰๐ณ‡๐ณฏ ๐ณ€ ๐ณฅ๐ณ‹๐ณ“๐ณ‰๐ณ— ๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณ˜๐ณฏ๐ณ‰๐ณฆ๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณ“ ๐ณ€๐ณ˜๐ณ‰๐ณ— ๐ณ˜๐ณ‰๐ณ๐ณŸ๐ณข๐ณ๐ณฏ๐ณฆ๐ณ‰ ๐ณฅ๐ณ๐ณ˜๐ณช๐ณ™๐ณ“๐ณข๐ณ€ ๐ณ‰๐ณฏ๐ณฆ ๐ณ€ ๐ณ“๐ณช๐ณ–๐ณฆ๐ณซ๐ณข๐ณ๐ณ–๐ณ๐ณค ๐ณž๐ณข๐ณž๐ณ“๐ณค๐ณ‹๐ณ๐ณ‰๐ณฆ ๐ณฅ๐ณ๐ณฏ๐ณ€๐ณ‡๐ณ›๐ณ“๐ณ›๐ณ™ ๐ณ๐ณฆ. ๐ฒ‰๐ณฏ ๐ณ€๐ณฏ ๐ณ‘๐ณข๐ณ๐ณค ๐ณ€๐ณฏ ๐ณซ๐ณŽ๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณฎ๐ณ‰๐ณฏ๐ณ‰๐ณฆ๐ณฆ  ๐ฒฅ๐ณจ๐ณ‰๐ณ ๐ณ ๐ณ‰๐ณ, ๐ณ˜๐ณ€๐ณ’๐ณ‡ ๐ณ“๐ณ‹๐ณค๐ณŸ๐ณ‚๐ณ‚ ๐ฒ ๐ณข๐ณ›๐ณฆ๐ณ› ๐ฒข๐ณ›๐ณฎ๐ณ๐ณค ๐ณ†๐ณ€๐ณ–๐ณ๐ณ‡๐ณ’๐ณ๐ณ‚๐ณ€ ๐ณฆ๐ณ€๐ณข๐ณฆ๐ณ›๐ณฏ๐ณ๐ณ“, ๐ณ˜๐ณ‰๐ณ— ๐ฒ‰๐ณช๐ณข๐ณœ๐ณ ๐ณ€ ๐ณ“๐ณ‰๐ณ–๐ณ‰๐ณฆ๐ณ ๐ณข๐ณ‹๐ณฅ๐ณ‰๐ณ๐ณ™ ๐ณฎ๐ณ€๐ณ–๐ณ€๐ณ˜๐ณ๐ณ™๐ณฆ ๐ฒ“๐ณ๐ณค๐ณ๐ณฐ๐ณ๐ณ๐ณ‚๐ณ€๐ณ™ ๐ณฎ๐ณ›๐ณ–๐ณฆ ๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณฅ๐ณ™๐ณ๐ณ–๐ณ€๐ณฆ๐ณ›๐ณค ๐ณ€๐ณฏ ๐ณ›๐ณฆ๐ณฆ ๐ณ‹๐ณ–๐ณŸ ๐ณฆ๐ณž๐ณข๐ณฐ๐ณ‰๐ณ“ ๐ณ‹๐ณค ๐ณ™๐ณ‹๐ณ ๐ณ‰๐ณ“ ๐ณ“๐ณž๐ณฏ๐ณž๐ณฆ๐ณฆ

๐ฒ€ ๐ณข๐ณ›๐ณฎ๐ณ๐ณค ๐ณ‰๐ณ–๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณฎ๐ณ‰๐ณฏ๐ณ‹๐ณค ๐ณ€ ๐ณข๐ณœ ๐ณ๐ณ๐ณ‹๐ณ‚๐ณŸ๐ณ– ๐ณฅ๐ณ๐ณข๐ณ˜๐ณ€๐ณฏ๐ณ๐ณ“ ๐ณ˜๐ณ‰๐ณ— ๐ณ€ ๐ณฎ๐ณ‹๐ณค๐ณ‹๐ณค ๐ณฆ๐ณ‰๐ณ„๐ณ๐ณ™๐ณ๐ณ“๐ณ๐ณ’๐ณ๐ณข๐ณ€ ๐ณช๐ณฆ๐ณ€๐ณ– ๐ณ๐ณ–๐ณ–๐ณ‰๐ณฆ๐ณฎ๐ณ‰ ๐ณ–๐ณ‰๐ณ’๐ณ‰๐ณŽ๐ณ‰๐ณฏ, ๐ณ–๐ณ‰๐ณ’๐ณ‰๐ณŽ๐ณ‰๐ณฏ ๐ณ๐ณค ๐ณ€ ๐ณ’๐ณ‰๐ณ–๐ณ‰๐ณ™๐ณฆ๐ณ‹๐ณค๐ณ‰ ๐ณ€๐ณฏ “๐ฒ›๐ณ–๐ณ‡ ๐ฒ๐ณช๐ณ™๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณข๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณ™ ” ๐ณ‰๐ณ–๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณฎ๐ณ‰๐ณฏ๐ณ‹๐ณค ๐ณ๐ณค ๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณฅ๐ณ™๐ณ๐ณ–๐ณ€๐ณฆ๐ณ›๐ณค ๐ณ€๐ณ˜๐ณ ๐ณ€๐ณฏ๐ณ›๐ณ™๐ณ‚๐ณ€๐ณ™ ๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณ˜ ๐ณฅ๐ณ‰๐ณข๐ณ‰๐ณ™๐ณ†๐ณ‹๐ณค ๐ณ๐ณ๐ณฅ๐ณ‰๐ณ™ ๐ณ‰๐ณฏ๐ณฆ ๐ณ๐ณ™๐ณ“๐ณ๐ณ‹๐ณ‚๐ณ‚ ๐ณ€ ๐ณ“๐ณ๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณ–๐ณฆ ๐ณš๐ณ‰๐ณ–๐ณฎ๐ณ‰๐ณ“ ๐ณ‰๐ณค๐ณ‰๐ณฆ๐ณ‹๐ณ‚๐ณ‰๐ณ™ ๐ณฅ๐ณ›๐ณ“๐ณฆ๐ณ๐ณ“ ๐ณ€๐ณ–๐ณ“๐ณ€๐ณ–๐ณ˜๐ณ€๐ณธ๐ณ™๐ณ ๐ณ€๐ณ˜๐ณ ๐ณ€ ๐ณข๐ณ›๐ณฎ๐ณ๐ณค๐ณข๐ณ€ ๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณ˜ ๐ณ๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณฏ ๐ณ๐ณ€ ๐ณฆ๐ณ›๐ณฎ๐ณ๐ณ‚๐ณ‚ ๐ณ›๐ณ–๐ณฎ๐ณ€๐ณค๐ณค๐ณช๐ณ“  ๐ณ€ ๐ณฆ๐ณ‹๐ณ˜๐ณ๐ณ‚๐ณ€๐ณ™ ๐ณ“๐ณ ๐ณ๐ณค ๐ณ‡๐ณ‰๐ณข๐ณญ๐ณ–๐ณ๐ณ‰๐ณฆ ๐ณ˜๐ณ๐ณ‹๐ณข๐ณฆ

In time and space

๐ฒฆ๐ณ‹๐ณข๐ณ‚๐ณ‰๐ณ™ ๐ณ‹๐ณค ๐ณ๐ณ‡๐ณŸ๐ณ‚๐ณ‰๐ณ™

10 interesting facts about Rovas

๐ณ‹๐ณข๐ณ‡๐ณ‰๐ณ“๐ณ‰๐ณค ๐ณฆ๐ณ‹๐ณš ๐ณ€ ๐ณข๐ณ›๐ณฎ๐ณ๐ณค๐ณข๐ณœ๐ณ– X

  • right to left direction script
  • not related to German and Celtic Runes (despite some similarities)
  • it has been in use continuously throughout the entire history of Hungary despite it never was an official writing system
  • glyphs represent sound values
  • in its early forms it skipped the majority of vowels
  • it developed ligatures mostly for saving space on surfaces it was applied on
  • it’s on a stamp that has been sent to the Space on a satellite called “Masat”
  • Pope Benedict XVI has a copy of the New Testament in Rovas edition
  • became part of the unicode system in 2016 (some glyphs are still missing though)
  • included into Glyphs App in 2019
  • ๐ฒ’๐ณ›๐ณ‚๐ณ‚๐ณข๐ณœ๐ณ– ๐ณ‚๐ณ€๐ณ–๐ณข๐ณ€ ๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณ–๐ณ€๐ณ‡๐ณœ ย ๐ณ‘๐ณข๐ณ๐ณค
  • ย ๐ณ™๐ณ‹๐ณ๐ณ๐ณš ๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณค๐ณ›๐ณ™๐ณ–๐ณœ๐ณค๐ณ๐ณ ๐ณ‰๐ณ–๐ณ–๐ณ‰๐ณ™๐ณ‹๐ณข๐ณ‰ ๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณ˜ ๐ณข๐ณ›๐ณ“๐ณ›๐ณ™ ๐ณ€ ๐ฒ๐ณ‰๐ณข๐ณ˜๐ณ๐ณ™ ๐ณ‹๐ณค ๐ฒ“๐ณ‰๐ณ–๐ณฆ๐ณ€ ๐ณข๐ณซ๐ณ™๐ณ๐ณ“๐ณ“๐ณ€๐ณ–
  • ๐ฒ˜๐ณ€๐ณŽ๐ณ€๐ณข๐ณ›๐ณข๐ณฅ๐ณ๐ณ ๐ณ‰๐ณ๐ณ‹๐ณฅ ๐ณฆ๐ณž๐ณข๐ณฆ๐ณ‹๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณ–๐ณ˜๐ณ‰ ๐ณŒ๐ณ›๐ณ—๐ณ€๐ณ˜๐ณ๐ณ™ ๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณฅ๐ณ™๐ณ๐ณ–๐ณ€๐ณฆ๐ณ‚๐ณ€๐ณ™๐ณ˜๐ณ€๐ณข๐ณ€๐ณ‡๐ณฆ ๐ณ€๐ณ™๐ณ™๐ณ€๐ณ“ ๐ณ‰๐ณ–๐ณ–๐ณ‰๐ณ™๐ณ‹๐ณข๐ณ‰ ๐ณ๐ณ›๐ณŽ ๐ณค๐ณ›๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณค๐ณ‰๐ณ˜ ๐ณฎ๐ณ›๐ณ–๐ณฆ ๐ณ๐ณ๐ณฎ๐ณ€๐ณฆ๐ณ€๐ณ–๐ณ›๐ณค ๐ณ‘๐ณข๐ณ๐ณค๐ณ˜๐ณœ๐ณ‡
  • ๐ณ€ ๐ณ‚๐ณ‰๐ณฆ๐ณน๐ณ“ ๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณ™๐ณ๐ณ‹๐ณข๐ณฆ๐ณ‹๐ณ“๐ณ‰๐ณ“๐ณ‰๐ณฆ ๐ณ’๐ณ‰๐ณ–๐ณž๐ณ–๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณ“
  • ๐ณ€ ๐ณ˜๐ณ€๐ณ๐ณ๐ณ™๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณ™๐ณ๐ณฏ๐ณœ๐ณ“๐ณ€๐ณฆ ๐ณ‰๐ณข๐ณ‰๐ณ‡๐ณ‰๐ณฆ๐ณ๐ณ–๐ณ‰๐ณ ๐ณฆ๐ณž๐ณ‚๐ณ‚๐ณš๐ณ๐ณข๐ณ‰ ๐ณ“๐ณ๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณŽ๐ณฆ๐ณ๐ณ“
  • ๐ณ‚๐ณ‰๐ณฆ๐ณน๐ณž๐ณฅ๐ณฅ๐ณ‰๐ณฎ๐ณ›๐ณ™๐ณ๐ณค๐ณ›๐ณ“ ๐ณ–๐ณ๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณฆ๐ณซ๐ณข๐ณ๐ณ“ ๐ณ€๐ณ–๐ณ€๐ณ“๐ณช๐ณ–๐ณฆ๐ณ€๐ณ“ ๐ณ“๐ณ ๐ณŒ๐ณŸ๐ณ“๐ณ‹๐ณ ๐ณ ๐ณ‰๐ณ™ ๐ณ๐ณ‰๐ณ—๐ณฆ๐ณ€๐ณ“๐ณ€๐ณข๐ณ‹๐ณ“๐ณ›๐ณค๐ณค๐ณ๐ณ ๐ณ˜๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณฆ๐ณฆ
  • ๐ณ‰๐ณ–๐ณ’๐ณช๐ณฆ๐ณ›๐ณฆ๐ณฆ ๐ณ€๐ณฏ ๐ณน๐ณข๐ณ‚๐ณ‰ ๐ณ๐ณค ๐ณ€ “๐ฒ˜๐ณ€๐ณค๐ณ€๐ณฆ” ๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณฎ๐ณน ๐ณ˜๐ณน๐ณ๐ณ›๐ณ–๐ณ‡๐ณ›๐ณ™ ๐ณ‰๐ณŽ ๐ณ‚๐ณ‹๐ณ—๐ณ‰๐ณ๐ณ‰๐ณ™
  • ย ๐ณผ๐ณป๐ณบ.๐ฒ‚๐ณ‰๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณ‡๐ณ‰๐ณ“ ๐ณ ๐ณ๐ณ ๐ณ๐ณ™๐ณ€๐ณ“ ๐ณ˜๐ณ‰๐ณ๐ณฎ๐ณ€๐ณ™ ๐ณ€๐ณฏ ๐ฒซ๐ณ’ ๐ฒฆ๐ณ‰๐ณค๐ณฆ๐ณ€๐ณ˜๐ณ‰๐ณ™๐ณฆ๐ณช๐ณ˜ ๐ณข๐ณ›๐ณฎ๐ณ๐ณค ๐ณ“๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณ‡๐ณ๐ณค๐ณ€
  • ย ๐ณ€ ๐ณ๐ณ๐ณฎ๐ณ€๐ณฆ๐ณ€๐ณ–๐ณ›๐ณค ๐ณช๐ณ™๐ณ๐ณ„๐ณ›๐ณ‡๐ณ‰ ๐ณข๐ณ‹๐ณฅ๐ณ‰ ๐ณฟ๐ณฟ๐ณผ๐ณป๐ณบ ๐ณœ๐ณฆ๐ณ€ ๐ณ‚๐ณ๐ณข ๐ณ˜๐ณ‹๐ณ ๐ณฎ๐ณ€๐ณ™๐ณ™๐ณ€๐ณ“ ๐ณ๐ณ๐ณ๐ณš๐ณฏ๐ณœ ๐ณ“๐ณ€๐ณข๐ณ€๐ณ“๐ณฆ๐ณ‰๐ณข๐ณ‰๐ณ“
  • ย  ๐ฒ๐ณ–๐ณ๐ณ ๐ณ๐ณค ๐ฒ€๐ณ ๐ณ  ๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณฎ๐ณน ๐ณ‚๐ณ‰๐ณฆ๐ณน๐ณฆ๐ณฅ๐ณ‰๐ณข๐ณ“๐ณ‰๐ณฅ๐ณฆ๐ณŸ ๐ณฅ๐ณ›๐ณŒ๐ณฆ๐ณฎ๐ณ‰๐ณข๐ณ‚๐ณ‰ ๐ณฟ๐ณฟ๐ณผ๐ณป๐ณบ๐ณบ๐ณบ๐ณบย ๐ณ‚๐ณ‰๐ณ™ ๐ณ“๐ณ‰๐ณข๐ณญ๐ณ–๐ณฆ ๐ณ‚๐ณ‰๐ณ–๐ณ‰
Chiang Mai 2019

Rovas Glyphs has been included in the font creator Glyphs App during BITS 2019 Chiang Mai thanks to Rainer "Mekkablue"
Erich Scheichelbauer.
๐ฒ€ ๐ณข๐ณ›๐ณฎ๐ณ๐ณค ๐ณ“๐ณ€๐ณข๐ณ€๐ณ“๐ณฆ๐ณ‰๐ณข๐ณ“๐ณ‹๐ณฅ๐ณ–๐ณ‰๐ณฆ ๐ณฟ๐ณฟ๐ณผ๐ณป๐ณบ๐ณบ๐ณบ๐ณบ ๐ณ‚๐ณ‰๐ณ™ ๐ณ“๐ณ‰๐ณข๐ณญ๐ณ–๐ณฆ ๐ณ‚๐ณ‰๐ณ–๐ณ‰ ๐ณ€ ๐ฒ๐ณ–๐ณ๐ณŒ๐ณฅ ๐ฒ€๐ณ ๐ณ  ๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณฎ๐ณน ๐ณ‚๐ณ‰๐ณฆ๐ณน๐ณ“๐ณ‹๐ณฅ๐ณ‘๐ณฆ๐ณœ ๐ณ ๐ณข๐ณ›๐ณ๐ณข๐ณ€๐ณ˜๐ณ‚๐ณ€ ๐ณ€ ๐ฒ‚๐ฒ๐ฒฆ๐ฒฅ ๐ณ“๐ณ›๐ณ™๐ณŒ๐ณ‰๐ณข๐ณ‰๐ณ™๐ณ„๐ณ๐ณ๐ณ™ ๐ฒ†๐ณ๐ณ€๐ณ™๐ณ ๐ฒ˜๐ณ€๐ณ๐ณ‚๐ณ€๐ณ™. ๐ฒ“๐ณž๐ณฅ๐ณž๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณฆ ๐ณ‹๐ณข๐ณฆ๐ณ‰ ๐ฒข๐ณ€๐ณ๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณข "๐ฒ˜๐ณ‰๐ณ“๐ณ“๐ณ€๐ณ‚๐ณ–๐ณซ" ๐ฒ‰๐ณข๐ณ๐ณ“ ๐ฒค๐ณ‰๐ณ๐ณ๐ณ‰๐ณ–๐ณ‚๐ณ€๐ณช๐ณ‰๐ณข๐ณ™๐ณ‰๐ณ“

Numerals

๐ฒฅ๐ณ๐ณ˜๐ณ›๐ณ“

Relics of Rovas Script

๐ฒข๐ณ›๐ณฎ๐ณ๐ณค ๐ณ‰๐ณ˜๐ณ–๐ณ‹๐ณ“๐ณ‰๐ณ๐ณ™๐ณ“

Design, Typography and Fonts

๐ฒ‡๐ณ๐ณฏ๐ณ๐ณ’๐ณ™ ๐ฒฆ๐ณ๐ณ ๐ณ›๐ณ๐ณข๐ณ๐ณŒ๐ณ๐ณ€ ๐ณ‹๐ณค ๐ณ‚๐ณ‰๐ณฆ๐ณน๐ณฆ๐ณ๐ณ ๐ณช๐ณค๐ณ›๐ณ“