Addenda: One Middle English manuscript and four editions of Medieval works known to J.R.R. Tolkien and what they reveal

— Andoni Cossio, PhD student, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

Paper given 5 September 2021 at 4th day of Oxonmoot 2021

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.

Authoritative information may be found here.

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