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==Notable occurences==
==Notable occurences==
* The poem "[[Goblin Feet]]" is written by a mister Tolkein.[]
* The poem "[[Goblin Feet]]" is written by a mister Tolkein.[].
* More advertisers chose "Tolkein" as their keyword on Google Adwords than "Tolkien" - because the former is cheaper.[]
* On one specific Lord of the Rings promo, "Tolkein" had a [ click-through rate] that was 50% higher than impressions that spelled "Tolkien".
* One of the songs of the [[Brobdingnagian Bards]] was titled "[ Tolkein (The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings)]", but it has been renamed 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 "[ Tolkein Society]".
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Revision as of 17:15, 13 June 2008

"My name is TOLKIEN (not -kein)"
J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 165.

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.


Tolkien himself found one possible reason, in Letter 324, for this common mistake: association with yiddish. The name "Tolkien" is German of origin ("tollkühn" = "foolhardy"). At the time, Jewish names were often associated with German; as such, some people might have molded it after the German "-stein".

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