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Talk:Uncommon words

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Whose opinion is expressed in this article with some of the explanations? --Earendilyon 16:12, 5 April 2006 (EDT)

Hm, not sure. I compiled them from various sources a while ago. Are you disagreeing with the fact that a word is listed or the actual explanation? Feel free to change anything :) --Hyarion 16:19, 5 April 2006 (EDT)
I was wondering whether some were your opinion, or maybe CT's from HoMe. I saw with at least one of the words 'I think that ...', so I though I'd ask. --Earendilyon 16:24, 5 April 2006 (EDT)
I'll double check when I get home, "I" should probably be removed, even if it is CT.


Im not sure why it hasnt been done before, maybe someone can tell my why these arent broken down my letter. I was about to do it myself, but thought there must have been a logical reason why one of the more seasoned editors hadnt done it yet.--Quidon88 02:45, 26 April 2008 (EDT)


I was wondering why the word bootless is mentioned in this list. It seems to have another meaning besides the obvious 'without boots', but that meaning is from the Shakespearean era and moreover, I came here through a link from The Stone Troll, where the word is used with its obvious meaning. In my opinion a bit bootless to have it in this list. ~ Earendilyon 20:15, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

In this sense, I agree. -- Ederchil (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 20:42, 15 September 2009 (UTC)


As I brought up over in the discussion for the Standards page, most of these definitions are copied exactly word for word from The Encyclopedia of Arda. I don't think Tolkien Gateway is authorized to lift material directly from EoA.

Should the plagiarized entries be deleted?

ElfMaven 22:15, 24 December 2009 (UTC)

The problem is we have no record of which entries have been copied. Whenever I come discover one I re-write it, but as I don't use the Encyclopedia of Arda I'm not the best at discovering which articles have been repeated. As far as I'm concerned, every editor should make sure they re-write any article they know has been copied.
With regards to being "authorised", the Encyclopedia of Arda says the following:
"You're free to reproduce maps or images from the site, as long as you stick to a few guidelines. In this situation, we do insist on an acknowledgement and a link back to the Encyclopedia of Arda (let us know if you do this, and we'll normally link back to your site too). You can also quote from the text if you like, within reason.

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Encyclopedia of Arda - Conditions of Re-use
As such, I am going to stick a link to the Encyclopedia of Arda at the bottom of this article until such a time it's been re-edited enough to no longer require it. Incidentally, many of the words in this list do not originate from the Encyclopedia of Arda but come from sources such as The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion (and it's debatable whether you can own the copyright on deciding which words count as rare or unusual!). --Mith (Talk/Contribs/Edits) 23:05, 24 December 2009 (UTC)
That's appropriate. You don't think an email to EoA would help too?
Yes, I recognize that there are many definitions (and whole articles) that are not copied from EoA. In fact I was very interested to read here the correct definition of leechcraft. ElfMaven 01:57, 25 December 2009 (UTC)
In the second entry on this discussion page, Hyarion wrote he's assembled the list form various sources, so I don't think a link to EoA is neccessary.
Another thing is how we would define 'uncommon words' ;-) I'm no native English speaker myself, but many of the words listed I do know the meaning of, probably because I've read Tolkien extensively and also other English (fantasy) writers (Stephen R. Donaldson is the one using uncommon and obsolete wordt, btw!). ~ Earendilyon 10:43, 26 December 2009 (UTC).