Thread: What's the spelling?
One of the areas we cover in our J R R Tolkien Biography is the origin of the name 'Tolkien'. Hopefully this link will work, if not, just click on Biography on the nav bar on the left. The origin of the name is the last segment of the biography. I hope this is of some help.
[Edited on 4/5/2003 by Rednell]
Tolkien is the correct name....it comes from Germany....a german name! I may be incorrect but I am quite sure it is like this!
yes and you don’t pronounce it Tolkyen but Tolkeen!
WHAT? You don't!! You pronounce it Tolkyen!!
It's just you Malm’-people that has a weird accent... *mumbles and grumbles something unhearable about Malm’-people and their strange ideas*
[Edited on 4/5/2003 by Airecristiel]
I do know however, that it should be pronounced as toll-keen.
Thanks for the warm welcomes!!
Irp. I certainly didn't knew that... But ok, from now on I'll start pronouncing it "Tolkeen" then. If Grondy says so, it HAS to be so.
(Though to you, Aul’, I'll pretend this has never happened )
Tolkien noted in one of his letters:
... my surname is now usually misspelt TOLKEIN in spite of all my efforts to correct this - even my college-, bank-, and lawyer's clerks! My name is Tolkien, anglicized from To(l)kiehn = tolkuhn, and came from saxony in the 18th century. It is not Jewish in origin, though I should consider it an honour if it were. [letter 325, 17 July 1971]
I am nearly always written to as Tolkein: I do not know why, since it is pronounced by me always - keen. [letter 347, 17 Dec. 1972]
Hope that is of some help.
[Edited on 5/5/2003 by Allyssa]
hahaha NEVER GONNA HAPPEN ON MY WATCH!!!