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21 September 2006 @ 03:40 pm
The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary  
The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary, by Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall and Edmund Weiner, is about JRR Tolkien and words, two of my favorite subjects. I quote from page 86, the end of the second section, Tolkien as Wordwright:
In [his] intimate and active involvement with the histories of words, we can imagine Tolkien, perhaps, as an Ent in the forest of language, waking up old words that had fallen asleep–or, in the case of words taken from Old Norse, encouraging transplants to put down roots in new soil.

I love this book despite the inexplicable cover and intend to force it upon many friends.