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Hobbit Place-Names Rainer Nagel

Hobbit Place-Names

Rainer Nagel

Published January 15th 2012
ISBN : 9783905703221
Paperback
302 pages
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J.R.R. Tolkiens giving of names has garnered considerable attention in the linguistic analysis of Tolkiens works. Usually, however, the focus has been on singling out particular names of important individuals and places. Thorough analyses of namesMoreJ.R.R. Tolkiens giving of names has garnered considerable attention in the linguistic analysis of Tolkiens works. Usually, however, the focus has been on singling out particular names of important individuals and places. Thorough analyses of names (place-names or personal ones) are usually reserved for Elvish names only. Thus, this book centres on the place-names as found in the Shire as well as Breeland. All those names that are referenced on Tolkiens map of the Shire, plus those few that are not found on the map but mentioned in the text, as well as four from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, are analysed as to their possible etymologies against the theoretical backdrop of real-world English place-name research. Tolkiens own (in-world) etymologies, insofar as they differ from the real-world ones, are also taken into consideration. Finally, all extant German translations (Scherf and Krege for The Hobbit, Carroux and Krege for The Lord of the Rings) of these names are given and, where necessary, compared. Other media (the films and the Hobbit graphic novel, in particular) are also covered.