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Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings

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These Notes on Nomenclature were made by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to assist translators of [[The Lord of the Rings]] into other languages. They were composed when only the Swedish and Dutch translations had appeared. They have been revised for publication by [[Christopher Tolkien]]. All references to The Lord of the Rings in the '''Guide''' are by volume and page of the Second (Revised) Edition.  
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The '''Guide to the Names in ''The Lord of the Rings''''', later known as '''Nomenclature of ''The Lord of the Rings''''' or simply '''Nomenclature''' is a colelction of notes made by [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] to assist translators of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' into other languages. They were composed when only the Swedish and Dutch translations had appeared.  
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==Publication history==
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The Guide was first published in ''[[A Tolkien Compass]]'', edited by [[Christopher Tolkien]]. It was included in [[Open Court]]'s first hardcover edition and [[Del Rey Books]]' paperback, but was dropped from the second edition at the request of [[Tolkien Estate]], the legal owners of the text.  
  
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A new edition by [[Gordon W. Hammond]] and [[Christina Scull]] - called ''Nomenclature'' - was published in ''[[The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion]]''.
  
Previously published in [[A Tolkien Compass]] ([[Jared Lobdell]] ed.), the Guide is now republished in [[The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion]] by [[Wayne G. Hammond]] and [[Christina Scull]]. It is often referred to as '''Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings''' or, for short, '''Nomenclature'''.
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The Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings, later known as Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings or simply Nomenclature is a colelction of notes made by J.R.R. Tolkien to assist translators of The Lord of the Rings into other languages. They were composed when only the Swedish and Dutch translations had appeared.

Publication history

The Guide was first published in A Tolkien Compass, edited by Christopher Tolkien. It was included in Open Court's first hardcover edition and Del Rey Books' paperback, but was dropped from the second edition at the request of Tolkien Estate, the legal owners of the text.

A new edition by Gordon W. Hammond and Christina Scull - called Nomenclature - was published in The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion.