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Elaine Griffiths (1909-1996) was Fellow in English and Chair of the English Faculty Board at St Anne's College, Oxford.[1]

After taking her degree in English, Griffiths undertook research under the supervision of J.R.R. Tolkien, acquiring an interest in Old English Philology.[1] She soon became one of Tolkien's close friends, and was one of the early readers of a manuscript of The Hobbit. It was Griffiths who suggested Susan Dagnall of Allen & Unwin to borrow the typescript from Tolkien.[2]

Tolkien signed a copy of The Lord of the Rings to her with a dedication in Quenya: Elainen tárin periandion ar meldenya anyáran (to Elaine, Queen of Hobbits and my very old friend).[3] The copy is currently held at collection of the Greisinger Museum.[4]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographies of Founding Fellows (1958): M. Elaine Griffiths at St Anne's College (accessed 28 May 2011)
  2. "The Queen of Hobbits for Sale" at TolkienLibrary.com (accessed 28 May 2011)
  3. http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/press/856-most_expensive_Tolkien_book_in_the_world.php
  4. "Real eye opener - Visiting the Greisinger Museum" dated 11 January 2013, Herr-der-Ringe-Film.de (accessed 12 February 2013)