(x) Brothers Quay: 'Little Songs of the Chief Officer of Hunar Louse': thin ultra-angular runic/faux-greek - alternatives {gang}

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I'm sorry, did you find a name?

Florian Hardwig's picture

Hi No Name,

welcome to Typophile.
I have deleted your other 5+ posts with the same request. Let’s focus on this one, okay?
Quantity doesn’t help. ;-)

Do you have more information on this sample? What’s the source? Is is from an old movie? Keep in mind that it might be hand-lettered. You can find similar typefaces when searching for the keywords ‘faux greek’, or ‘runic’. I haven’t seen this one, though.

And: Please use a descriptive title next time! Thank you.

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thanks florian!! I just haven't had any activity, glad you saw my 6th post and decided to answer. It is from a film by the Quay Brothers called The Epic of Gilgamesh, or This Unnameable Little Broom (1985) aka Little Songs of the Chief Officer of Hunar Louse. Thanks again, I really appreciate the help!

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hey thanks reccardo, Faux-runic is close but not exactly what I'm looking for. I appreciate the help!

Florian Hardwig's picture

If you don’t need it for setting a lot of text (which wouldn’t be advisable anyway) – it is a style that you could easily replicate yourself in no time.

no name's picture

yeah, I just need to have the font because I'll be using it for multiple headers

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Chris Keegan's picture

If this is from '85 it is pre-digital, and is probably typeset. I've never seen this before. You might want to check P22's website, they have a number of historical fonts.

bowfinpw's picture

I think Chris is right, but there are a few similar fonts: I found Edessa, Dalek and Xerxes. You may find others at gaming sites, or freebie sites like Dafont.

The first of these seems closest in overall feel, and relatively simple changes, like using a C to make the E, should get you pretty close.

- Mike Yanega

Reed Reibstein's picture

IHOF just released a new family that is a pretty decent match: Ornes.

Communicator's picture

I believe the Brothers Quay are also known to have done custom calligraphy and typography for their work. Maybe it's custom.

Florian Hardwig's picture

Yes, I’m pretty sure it is custom. You can watch the film at YouTube. Here’s more of the titles:

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thanks for all the feedback, it's appreciated

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