anglo saxon runes--I know I'm a big geek for admitting this but Paul and I used to write letters to each other, share multiple choice answers during tests, etc using this alphabet. I don't remember a bit of it now though!
Runes-letters modified from Phoenician alphabet. Runic was often written without spaces between words & where 2 of the same letter sat beside each other only one would be used. It was written both from left to right & right to left. It was mainly used to label items with the owner's name & was considered magical as most people were illiterate & did not understand the concept of symbols representing sounds. This also led to their use in fortune telling.