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Tolkien Notes 20

June 17, 2021

This will be a shorter ‘Notes’ than usual, indeed very brief, as we’re pressed for time, with various appointments, landscape work on our property to do or be scheduled (we’ll have another post about our garden soon), car repairs, and so forth. But nothing Covid-related: we’re fully vaccinated, and life where we are, at least, has returned to mostly-maskless. Of course it’s less good in many other places, which is worrying. And there are still many restrictions on travelling.

In Tolkien news, addenda and corrigenda for our books (mainly addenda) are accumulating, and we’ll have another group of these posted to our website before long. We’re catching up with several books about Tolkien from the past few years, including Holly Ordway’s work on Tolkien’s reading, which have provided new information or different perspectives. There are also a number of Tolkien-related textual questions we’ve received, which we assure the writers we’ll answer, or try to.

Speaking of catching up, a long Zoom interview we gave on 25 February to four Portuguese-speaking Tolkien enthusiasts – but speaking in English to us – has just been posted to YouTube. For this, our thanks to Cesar, Inês, Ronald, and Sérgio. (It was a pleasant surprise to learn that Christina already knew Ronald Kyrmse, from correspondence back in the 1980s in regard to the linguistic journal Quettar.) The interview is one of many videos (most of them in Portuguese) on the YouTube channel ‘Tolkien Talk’, including some devoted to our books.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2021 5:17 am

    Dear Wayne and Christina,
    I notice a possible issue in most modern LOTR editions of the recent nearly three decades. In the last letter of the first line of the ring inscription, the stroke of lambe “l” is broken into two parts. The issue is present in all the editions after 1994 I’ve checked: HC 1995, 50th-anniversary edition, 3 translated versions in Chinese (2002, 2013) and Japanese (2002). Whereas in all the editions I checked before 1994, the stroke is unbroken: 1954 1st edition, Unwin 1981, HM 1991, HC 1993, and a 1991 Russian translation.
    Per D. Anderson, HC 1994 edition is the first edition that used computer typesetting and introduced many errors. So I believe this issue was introduced during scanning the paper/film/type into the computer.

    • June 18, 2021 6:48 am

      Sorry, the miswritten letter should be “the last letter of the ring inscription”, not the first line, but the second line.

    • June 20, 2021 8:36 am

      Hi Wayne and Christina, I noticed a few more Tengwar typos in many modern LOTR editions.
      In the title page, the inverted circumflex in “by” (in many editions before 1992) was written like an acute sign in 2004 edition.
      In the Doors of Durin, compared with Tolkien’s manuscript (Art LR no.47) and 1st ed., three dots of the “i” are missing in editions after 1985. And an extra dot appeared on Durin’s initial in editions after 1991.
      See details in

  2. Dark Blue Mage permalink
    June 18, 2021 1:55 pm

    Hi Wayne and Christina ^^ I watched your interview on the Tolkien Talk channel, it was amazing! Learned much, thanks for speaking with the portuguese tolkien fans =D

    • Ronald Kyrmse permalink
      June 18, 2021 2:15 pm

      We’re Brazilians actually. The enterprising Sérgio & Cesar founded Tolkien Talk primarily for fans in Brazil. Nevertheless our friend Inês is in fact from Portugal.

  3. Ronald Kyrmse permalink
    June 18, 2021 2:17 pm

    Dear Christina & Wayne, the pleasure was ours! Plus my inexpected realisation that we had already corresponded lo these many years ago.

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