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Sunday, September 5 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Addenda: One Middle English Manuscript and Four Editions of Medieval Works Known to J. R. R. Tolkien and What They Reveal

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This paper proposes the addition of four items to “Section A” of Oronzo Cilli’s Tolkien’s Library: An Annotated Checklist (2019) and the inclusion of complementary information to two other entries after demonstrating J. R. R. Tolkien’s ownership and acquaintance with the volumes. Tolkien’s contribution to Derek J. Price’s editorial labor and possession of photostats of The Equatorie of the Planetis (c. 1393) as well as editions of Handlyng Synne (started in 1303), Ormulum (c. 1170-1180) and Heimskringla (c. 1220-1230) seem mere encyclopedic data in appearance. However, the addenda reveal strong potential for future investigations by disclosing: the reasons behind Tolkien’s personal interest in scribal corruption, an attempt to anglicize Old Norse dróttkvætt verse, the whereabouts of a batch of twenty to thirty books owned by him, further scholarly attention paid to Handlyng Synne and Ormulum, and Christopher Tolkien’s friendship with Eric Christiansen.

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Andoni Cossio

Andoni Cossio (UPV/EHU) was awarded a PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Studies by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) with a doctoral thesis entitled The Evolution of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Ecological Perspective through the Portrayal of Trees and Forests: From The... Read More →

Sunday September 5, 2021 11:30am - 12:00pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)