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Gothic / black-letter script evolved from Carolingian in the later middle ages, circa 1200 AD, became the dominant handwriting from the 12C until the Italian Renaissance (1400–1600 AD). It was not as clear as Carolingian, but was narrower, darker & denser. The dot above the i was added to differentiate it from the similar strokes of the n, m, & u. The u was created as separate from the v, which had been used for both sounds. Compact handwriting saved space, as parchment was expensive...

Gothic / black-letter script evolved from Carolingian in the later middle ages, circa 1200 AD, became the dominant handwriting from the 12C until the Italian Renaissance (1400–1600 AD). It was not as clear as Carolingian, but was narrower, darker & denser. The dot above the i was added to differentiate it from the similar strokes of the n, m, & u. The u was created as separate from the v, which had been used for both sounds. Compact handwriting saved space, as parchment was expensive...

The last one (and the magical realism mention) remind me of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Fantastic read that I would recommend to anyone.

The last one (and the magical realism mention) remind me of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Fantastic read that I would recommend to anyone.

As I live in the midwest, this should probably terrify me. Maybe it would, if it weren't so accurate.

As I live in the midwest, this should probably terrify me. Maybe it would, if it weren't so accurate.

There's an odd little town in the desert where the length of your shadow has nothing to do with the height of the sun.

There's an odd little town in the desert where the length of your shadow has nothing to do with the height of the sun.

I don't think "mysterious little town" cuts it for what is written here. That all sounds like a downright murderville

I don't think "mysterious little town" cuts it for what is written here. That all sounds like a downright murderville