939Re: "Tolkien in Oxford"
- Oct 28, 2006Just a minor correction:
For me the first word of the Elvish greeting (inscribed by Tolkien in
the copy of _The Fellowship of the Ring_ being auctioned) reads neither
"_elen_" nor "_elem_", as stated on the DTS site, but in fact "_elme_",
but I will leave it to the Quenya experts to judge if this may have been
Tolkien's intention or just a double mistake.
[You are quite correct that the first word is actually written as
"_elme_". I have no doubt that this was a mistake on Tolkien's
part, not intentional. As I mentioned previously, Tolkien was
making this inscription for the cameras, and not at his leisure,
accounting for the missed and subsequently inserted "_lúmenna_"
and, no doubt, this misspelling as well. CFH]
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