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Guide to the Names in The Lord of the Rings

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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.