I hope that gave you the same feeling I got from reading a quote from Tolkien after clicking a link in the new Knitty. The link was for learning a new language, and I was curious since it's a knitting magazine, after all. What language did they mean?
The language was Bavarian charts. Since I'm currently knitting from a chart, it seems fitting. I'll admit that when I first glanced over the picture, I thought, "No way." But after reading Ethnic Knitting Adventures, the descriptions of sweaters and waistcoats, diamonds, and braids, my mind traveled to some place between Moria and Rivendell.
I've done some fetchings with a cable, but I've not tried socks. Still I'm fascinated. There is something about the pattern that makes me think of Mount Doom. I'm going to have to give these a try.