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Title: The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary

ISBN : 0198610696
Author : Peter Gilliver Jeremy Marshall Edmund Weiner
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Media : Hardcover
SKU MIX31-U31-B2-OXF44-56639


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Book Description&newline;&newline;Tolkien's first job, on returning home from World War I, was as an assistant on the staff of the OED. He later said that he had &doublequote;learned more in those two years than in any other equal part of his life.&doublequote; The Ring of Words reveals how his professional work on the Oxford English Dictionary&newline;influenced Tolkien's creative use of language in his fictional world. &newline;Here three senior editors of the OED offer an intriguing exploration of Tolkien's career as a lexicographer and illuminate his creativity as a word user and word creator. The centerpiece of the book is a wonderful collection of &doublequote;word studies&doublequote; which will delight the heart of Ring fans and word&newline;lovers everywhere. The editors look at the origin of such Tolkienesque words as &doublequote;hobbit,&doublequote; &doublequote;mithril, &doublequote;Smeagol,&doublequote; &doublequote;Ent,&doublequote; &doublequote;halfling,&doublequote; and &doublequote;worm&doublequote; (meaning &doublequote;dragon&doublequote;). Readers discover that a word such as &doublequote;mathom&doublequote; (anything a hobbit had no immediate use for, but was unwilling to throw away) was actually&newline;common in Old English, but that &doublequote;Mithril,&doublequote; on the other hand, is a complete invention (and the first &doublequote;Elven&doublequote; word to have an entry in the OED). And fans of Harry Potter will be surprised to find that &doublequote;Dumbledore&doublequote; (the name of Hogwart's headmaster) was a word used by Tolkien and many others (it is a&newline;dialect word meaning &doublequote;bumblebee&doublequote;). &newline;Few novelists have found so much of their creative inspiration in the shapes and histories of words. Presenting archival material not found anywhere else, The Ring of Words offers a fresh and unexplored angle on the literary achievements of one of the world's most famous and best-loved&newline;writers.

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