Luwian Hieroglyph Reinterpretation

Luwian Hieroglyph

Luwian Hieroglyph

Luwian Hieroglyphs are otherwise known as Hittite Hieroglyphs. The name Luwian comes from the three glyphs shown in the image. This is how they referred to themselves. The first glyph is unidentified. The sound La is associated with it. The second glyph is for mountain. It has the associated sound Wa. The third is also unidentified but has the sound A. Hence, the name is La-wa-a.

Sometimes the sound attached to the glyph is not used but the name of the glyph is used as in a rebus. In other words, it is also possible they referred to themselves by the identity of the glyphs.

The following revisions for these symbols are suggested.

The first glyph: La or ley is still an appropriate sound to be attached to it. It is the root word of to lay, to lie and line. Perhaps it is an image of the place where ‘the two holes are” as it depicts. It suggests a specific place for perhaps the primary line of longitude. (Which is now in Greenwich, England but was not always.)

The second glyph: It is likely this refers to the mountain of ice that once overlaid the magnetic pole when it was at Hudson Bay. The two bumps repeat the idea of the the two holes seen in the first glyph and that form the bay. It may also suggest a set of dividers which is a tool used in navigation and engineering to transfer measures. The symbol shows an angle. Its name could then be the root of the word angle. Perhaps angle was once pronounced an-gal which reinforces the idea that the mountain was galled. The sound wa is still appropriate since Hittite is an Indo-European language and wa means woe. The word angst has the root word ang and also means woe.

The third glyph is associated with the sound a. It probably shows a knife, sword or dagger.

The symbols might be translated to mean “the measurers of angles and lines with respect to the galls from the daggers” and their name to La Ang-a as opposed to Luwian. It is not a big leap to their modern name. This begins to explain the origin of the name Angle or English which is poorly understood today.

This is too brief to give a real explanation. The next series of posts, although they seem unrelated at first, will eventually lead back to this very subject of Luwian or should we say Lay-Ang-a.


See Luwian Symbols by: Gunter Anders at



(updated Nov. 2018)

2 thoughts on “Luwian Hieroglyph Reinterpretation

  1. Kesuqwaluck Tasi Baker says:

    Hey! I’ve been doing some research myself and this ties into a very small section of something much, much, larger. The Alpha and the Omega, start looking into Harmonographics. The shapes sounds visually make, then tie those into the shapes of letters and what they represent. It is said that sanskrit was written visually exactly how the sounds created appeared vibrationally and visually possibly using a Harmonograph (or what we use today to understand this).

    • Gilgemesh says:

      I think that is logical to a great degree.
      As children sounding out letters as we attempt to draw them, I think we create an association between the shape and the vibration we are hearing.

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