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Book of the Foxrook

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The Book of the Foxrook is a manuscript by J.R.R. Tolkien.

It consists of a 16-page notebook written by Tolkien in 1909 (then aged 17), containing "the key to a secret code consisting of a rune-like phonetic alphabet and a sizable number of ideographic symbols". The book also contains comments on Esperanto.[1]

The existence of this manuscript was apparently first mentioned by Humphrey Carpenter in his J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography (p. 37).[1] A page from the Book of the Foxrook was reproduced in the exhibition catalogue Tolkien: Life and Legend. An analysis and transcription of the same page appeared in the article "Tolkien and Esperanto" (cf. pp. 29-34), published in SEVEN, Volume 17.

The Book of the Foxrook is kept at the Bodleian Library (Family papers 1/29(3), fol. 1r).[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Arden R. Smith, Patrick Wynne, "Tolkien and Esperanto", in SEVEN, Volume 17, p. 29