Re: [mythsoc] Voynich Ms
- It's possible that Tolkien didn't even know about the Voynich manuscript.
It was in private hands for most of his life, and I get the impression it
didn't become famous until about 30 years ago. I first heard of it some 25
years ago, in the wake of coming across a copy of the Codex Seraphinus,
which is a sort of modern parody of the Voynich manuscript.
In any case, the Voynich is a cryptological mystery, and thus rather
removed from Tolkien's professional interests which were philological. I
do not recall offhand seeing any comments by Tolkien on the decipherment of
Linear B, the greatest cryptological language solution of his time.
At 05:02 PM 8/29/2004 -0400, Lizzie wrote:
>I just saw an article in Scientific American about something called the
>Voynich Manuscript. It was rediscovered in 1912, but supposedly dated from
>the late 1400s or early 1500s... it is written in some unknown script and
>has never been decoded. In fact, some, including this author (Gordon Rugg)
>think it may just have been a hoax of gibberish.
>I can't help but think, wouldn't Prof. Tolkien have heard of this thing and
>had an opinion or a curiosity about it?