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[[Image:A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings - 2003 early cover.jpg|right|thumb|200px|[[2003]] reprint of ''[[Tolkien: A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings]]''.]]
 
{{quote|My name is TOLKIEN (not -kein)|[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Letter 165]].}}  
 
{{quote|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.  
 
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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==History==
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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{{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}}.
  
 
==Origin==
 
==Origin==
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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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.  
  
 
==Notable occurences==
 
==Notable occurences==
* The poem "[[Goblin Feet]]" is written by a mister Tolkein.[http://www.biblio.com/books/24772813.html].
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* 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".  
* On one specific Lord of the Rings promo, "Tolkein" had a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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.
 
* 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]".
 
* There is a parody of the [[Tolkien Society]], the "[http://www.tolkeinsociety.org/ Tolkein Society]".
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==References==
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# {{note|1}} [http://www.biblio.com/books/24772813.html Fifty New Poems for Children] at [http://www.biblio.com/ Biblio.com]
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# {{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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# {{note|4}} ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', [[Letter 324]] ([[June 4]]/[[June 5|5]], [[1971]])
  
==External links==
 
* [http://lingwe.blogspot.com/2007/11/new-thoughts-on-etymology-of-tolkien.html New thoughts on the etymology of "Tolkien"] by Jason Fisher
 
* [http://googlefight.com/index.php?lang=en_GB&word1=Tolkien&word2=Tolkein Googlefight Tolkien v. Tolkein]
 
 
[[Category:Tolkien Family]]
 
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Revision as of 09:41, 29 July 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.

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 Basil Blackwell included the poem Goblin Feet, which he ascribed to a J.R.R. TolkeinTemplate:Ref. It has been used, according to Tolkien, by college, bank, and lawyer's clerksTemplate:Ref, and more or less all who wrote to himTemplate:Ref.

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, GermanyTemplate:Ref. Since these Yiddish and German names often ended in -stein, it may have been a hypercorrection.

Notable occurences

References

  1. Template:Note Fifty New Poems for Children at Biblio.com
  2. Template:Note The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 324 (June 4/5, 1971)
  3. Template:Note The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 347 (December 17, 1972)
  4. Template:Note The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 324 (June 4/5, 1971)