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A lot of people misspell "[[Tolkien]]" as '''Tolkein'''. This was already the case in Tolkien's time; several passages in ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'' show Tolkien's frustration about the matter.  
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A lot of people misspell "[[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]" as '''Tolkein'''. This was already the case in Tolkien's time; several passages in ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'' show Tolkien's frustration about the matter.  
 
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==History==
 
==History==
The first recorded use of ''Tolkein'' stems from [[1922]]. In ''Fifty New Poems for Children: An Anthology Selected from Books Recently Published'', [[Oxford]] bookseller [[wikipedia:Basil Blackwell|Basil Blackwell]] included the poem ''[[Goblin Feet]]'', which he ascribed to a J.R.R. Tolkein. The name appears in the table of contents, above the poem and in the index.{{ref|1}}. It has been used, according to Tolkien, by college, bank, and lawyer's clerks{{ref|2}}, and more or less all who wrote to him{{ref|3}}.  
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The first recorded use of ''Tolkein'' stems from [[1901]]. The ''Blue Book'' of [[King Edward's School]] in [[Birmingham]] for January of that year includes in the list of pupils: "[''Name.''] Tolkein … … [''Initials.''] J.R.R. [''Class.''] xi [''Date of Birth.''] 3.1.92 [''Came.''] 00/3 [=third quarter of 1900] [then ''Placed.'' in class] xi [''Parent's Initials.''] Mrs. [''Address.''] 214, Alcester Road [''Business.''] Independent".<ref>''King Edward's School Blue Book, January 1901'', seen and copied in Birmingham Central Library, Local Studies & History Department, 16 August 2005</ref>
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In [[1922]], [[Oxford]] bookseller [[wikipedia:Basil Blackwell|Basil Blackwell]] in ''[[Fifty New Poems for Children|Fifty New Poems for Children: An Anthology Selected from Books Recently Published]]'' included the poem ''[[Goblin Feet]]'', which he ascribed to a J.R.R. Tolkein. The name appears in the table of contents, above the poem and in the index.<ref>[http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/dmiller/000454.htm Fifty New Poems for Children] at [[Pieter Collier|Tolkien Library]]</ref>
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Later, the name was used, according to Tolkien, by college, bank, and lawyer's clerks,<ref name="L324">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Humphrey Carpenter]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] (eds.), ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', [[Letter 324]] ([[4 June|June 4]]/[[5 June|5]], [[1971]])</ref> and more or less all who wrote to him.<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Humphrey Carpenter]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] (eds.), ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', [[Letter 347]] ([[17 December|December 17]], [[1972]])</ref>
  
 
==Origin==
 
==Origin==
The name Tolkien has often been associated with Jewry. This was in turn because the Jewry of the time had predominantly Yiddish and German names, and the Tolkien family hailed from Saxony, Germany{{ref|4}}. Since these Yiddish and German names often ended in ''-stein'', it may have been a hypercorrection.  
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The name Tolkien has often been associated with Jewry. This was in turn because the Jewry of the time had predominantly Yiddish and German names, and the Tolkien family hailed from Saxony, Germany.<ref name="L324"/> Since these Yiddish and German names often ended in ''-stein'', it may have been a hypercorrection.  
  
 
==Notable occurences==
 
==Notable occurences==
* On one specific ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' promo, impressions with "Tolkein" had a [[wikipedia:Click-through_rate|click-through rate]] that was 50% higher than impressions that spelled "Tolkien".
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* One of the songs of the [[Brobdingnagian Bards]] was titled "[http://www.thebards.net/music/lyrics/Tolkien_Lord_of_the_Rings.shtml Tolkein (The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings)]", but it has been renamed since.
 
* One of the songs of the [[Brobdingnagian Bards]] was titled "[http://www.thebards.net/music/lyrics/Tolkien_Lord_of_the_Rings.shtml Tolkein (The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings)]", but it has been renamed since.
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* Early prints of the stamp ''The Hobbit'', issued by the [[Wikipedia:Royal Mail|Royal Mail]] in [[1998]] for the set ''Magical Worlds: Classical Fantasy Books for Children'', featured the name "Tolkein".<ref>{{webcite|author=|articleurl=http://www.tolkienshop.com/contents/en-uk/d172.html|articlename=Royal Mail|dated=|website=[http://www.tolkienshop.com/index.html The Tolkien Shop]|accessed=11 January 2011}}</ref>
 
* Early copies of a reissue of [[Lin Carter]]'s ''[[Tolkien: A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings]]'' in [[2003]] featured the word "Tolkein" on the cover. It has been corrected since.
 
* Early copies of a reissue of [[Lin Carter]]'s ''[[Tolkien: A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings]]'' in [[2003]] featured the word "Tolkein" on the cover. It has been corrected since.
* There is a parody of the [[Tolkien Society]], the "[http://www.tolkeinsociety.org/ Tolkein Society]".
 
==References==
 
  
# {{note|1}} [http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/dmiller/000454.htm Fifty New Poems for Children] at [[Pieter Collier|Tolkien Library]]
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==External links==
# {{note|2}} ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', [[Letter 324]] ([[June 4]]/[[June 5|5]], [[1971]])
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# {{note|3}} ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', [[Letter 347]] ([[December 17]], [[1972]])
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*[http://www.tolkeinsociety.org/ Tolkein Society] - a parody of [[The Tolkien Society]]
# {{note|4}} ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', [[Letter 324]] ([[June 4]]/[[June 5|5]], [[1971]])
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Latest revision as of 18:36, 16 January 2012

"My name is TOLKIEN (not -kein)"
J.R.R. Tolkien[1]

A lot of people misspell "Tolkien" as Tolkein. This was already the case in Tolkien's time; several passages in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien show Tolkien's frustration about the matter.

[edit] History

The first recorded use of Tolkein stems from 1901. The Blue Book of King Edward's School in Birmingham for January of that year includes in the list of pupils: "[Name.] Tolkein … … [Initials.] J.R.R. [Class.] xi [Date of Birth.] 3.1.92 [Came.] 00/3 [=third quarter of 1900] [then Placed. in class] xi [Parent's Initials.] Mrs. [Address.] 214, Alcester Road [Business.] Independent".[2]

In 1922, Oxford bookseller Basil Blackwell in Fifty New Poems for Children: An Anthology Selected from Books Recently Published included the poem Goblin Feet, which he ascribed to a J.R.R. Tolkein. The name appears in the table of contents, above the poem and in the index.[3]

Later, the name was used, according to Tolkien, by college, bank, and lawyer's clerks,[4] and more or less all who wrote to him.[5]

[edit] Origin

The name Tolkien has often been associated with Jewry. This was in turn because the Jewry of the time had predominantly Yiddish and German names, and the Tolkien family hailed from Saxony, Germany.[4] Since these Yiddish and German names often ended in -stein, it may have been a hypercorrection.

[edit] Notable occurences

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[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 165 (June 30, 1955)
  2. King Edward's School Blue Book, January 1901, seen and copied in Birmingham Central Library, Local Studies & History Department, 16 August 2005
  3. Fifty New Poems for Children at Tolkien Library
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 324 (June 4/5, 1971)
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 347 (December 17, 1972)
  6. "Royal Mail" , The Tolkien Shop (accessed 11 January 2011)