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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>[http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/dmiller/000454.htm Fifty New Poems for Children] at [[Pieter Collier|Tolkien Library]]</ref>. 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]] ([[June 4]]/[[June 5|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]] ([[December 17]], [[1972]])</ref>.
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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. 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> 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]] ([[June 4]]/[[June 5|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]] ([[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 name="L324"/>. 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==
 
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* 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]".
 
==References==
 
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Revision as of 08:45, 21 January 2009

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

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. Tolkein. The name appears in the table of contents, above the poem and in the index.[2] Later, the name was used, according to Tolkien, by college, bank, and lawyer's clerks,[3] and more or less all who wrote to him.[4]

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.[3] Since these Yiddish and German names often ended in -stein, it may have been a hypercorrection.

Notable occurences

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 165 (June 30, 1955)
  2. Fifty New Poems for Children at Tolkien Library
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 324 (June 4/5, 1971)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 347 (December 17, 1972)