Book of the Foxrook
The Book of the Foxrook is a manuscript by J.R.R. Tolkien, likely composed around 10 June 1909 (this date was added to the title-page).
It consists of a 16-page notebook containing "the key to a secret code consisting of a rune-like phonetic alphabet and a sizable number of ideographic symbols". The invented script is called Privata Kodo Skauta (Modern English: "Private Scout Code"). The book also contains comments on Esperanto.
The existence of this manuscript was apparently first mentioned by Humphrey Carpenter in his J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography (p. 37). A page from the Book of the Foxrook was reproduced in the exhibition catalogue Tolkien: Life and Legend. An analysis and transcription of the same page appeared in the article "Tolkien and Esperanto" (cf. pp. 29-34), published in SEVEN, Volume 17.
The Book of the Foxrook is kept at the Bodleian Library (Family papers 1/29(3), fol. 1r).
- ↑ Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 15
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Arden R. Smith, Patrick Wynne, "Tolkien and Esperanto", in SEVEN, Volume 17, p. 29
- ↑ Arden R. Smith, "Writing Systems", tolkienestate.com (accessed 27 December 2016)