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Arne Zettersten

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Arne Zettersten
Biographical information
OccupationAcademic, author

Arne Zettersten (1934-) is a Swedish professor emeritus. Before retirement, Zettersten was Head of Department and Professor in English at the University of Copenhagen.[1]

In 1965, Zettersten presented his doctoral thesis on the AB language, a medieval literary dialect first identified by J.R.R. Tolkien. And during the 1960s in Oxford, Zettersten became a friend and colleague of Tolkien, as they both shared an interest in a certain collection of medieval manuscripts (the "Katherine Group"). Their contact continued throughout the last 13 years of Tolkien's life.



Selected bibliography of works concerned with J.R.R. Tolkien.




  1. "Foreword", in Worlds of Words. A Tribute to Arne Zettersten. Nordic Journal of English Studies. Special Issue, Volume 3, No. 1 (2004; editor: Cay Dollerup).