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Arcastar (pron. [arˈkastar]) is the Quenya rendition of the surname Tolkien (German Tollkühn "foolhardy, reckless, desperately brave, rushbold").

J.R.R. Tolkien signed as Arcastar Mondósaresse "Tolkien in Oxford" in a 1968 letter to the producer of the BBC documentary Tolkien in Oxford.[1]

The exact meaning of Arcastar is unknown. Ryszard Derdzinski has suggested that arcastar could possibly mean "translator" (or "one who carries across"), based on his research about the Tolkien family name.[2]

See also


  1. "Valuable Print Books and Manuscripts" dated 20 November 2008, (accessed 23 September 2014)
  2. Ryszard Derdzinski, "Arcastar means 'Translator'?" dated 16 June 2017, (accessed 17 June 2017)