523Words, words, words!
- Aug 3, 1999Mythcon attendees Don Williams, Ruby Dunlap, self and husband Conrad, took an
extra day going home to break the journey and to go and see the Wade, which
some of us had not seen before.
I enjoyed seeing signatures of so many Mythies from last year's Con in the
guestbook. And of course fell for two Chesterton books that were selling at
rock bottom remainder prices... and Ruby bought a Geo MacDonald reprint, also
reduced in price.
I found in the researchers room a 12 volume Oxford English Dictionary. Since
I'd heard that "hobbit" has made it into the OED, I thought I would look it
up. This edition was too early for that; it may be in the Wade because it's
the one Tolkien himself worked on. However, I was fascinated to find that it
=did= have a definition of "hobbits: n. A variant of =howitzer=."
Fire your hobbits, men! Or, come up with a theory that it was seeing THIS
in the dictionary that inspired JRRT :)